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Ten RCC Fall Student-Athletes Win Awards

Ten RCC Fall Student-Athletes Win Awards

The RCC volleyball and men's soccer teams.

DATE: November 1, 2017

volleyball star named conference MVP for second straight year

RAMAPO – Led by volleyball star Shannon Thomas, 10 Rockland Community College student-athletes earned awards for their performance during the fall sports season. Four volleyball players and six members of the men’s soccer team were honored by the Mid-Hudson Conference and Region XV.

Thomas received the conference’s volleyball Most Valuable Player award for the second straight season as she led RCC to its first MHC title in 13 years. She was also named All-Region first team. The North Rockland HS alum ended the season with 220 kills, 66 blocks and 53 service aces. She ranked among the national leaders in several statistics, including hitting percentage and points per set.

In the Hawks’ narrow five-set loss in the Region XV semifinals, Thomas had 15 kills and six blocks, and was named to the All-Tournament team.

Another second-year player, Sara Hayward, earned first-team All-Conference and honorable mention All-Region honors. Hayward, the Hawks’ setter and a graduate of Suffern HS, recorded 461 assists and added 50 service aces. Freshman Kayla Oge was named second-team All-Conference and All-Region. Oge, a New City resident who attended Saddle River Day School in New Jersey, ranked among the nation’s leaders in blocks with 110 while adding 123 kills.

Alena Augustine, a Nanuet HS graduate, was named to the Region XV All-Sportsmanship team. RCC ended the volleyball season with a 20-4 record.

Soccer players honored

Three members of the RCC men’s soccer squad won first-team recognition from the Mid-Hudson Conference. Bernard Alexander, the Hawks’ leading scorer and a first-year midfielder, was also named All-Region second team. Alexander, who attended high school in Brooklyn, had five goals and three assists.

Niko Barbetto and Damian Rainford were the other first-team All-Conference selections. Barbetto, a Clarkstown North HS alum and the team captain, primarily played defense but also filled in as goalie for the Hawks. Rainford, a first-year player and a Suffern HS grad, notched a goal and an assist while playing defense and also earned All-Region honorable mention.

Clarkstown South HS alum Brendan Lynch, another first-year defender, garnered second-team All-Conference and honorable mention All-Region honors. Troy Callahan, a graduate of Pearl River HS and a second-year midfielder, was also named to the All-Conference second team. Lena Martinez, the only female player on the men’s soccer team and a graduate of Newburgh Free Academy, earned Region All-Sportsmanship team honors.