Koehler takes top honor for NECC volleyball

NASHUA – A trio of Daniel Webster women’s volleyball players were recently honored by the New England Collegiate Conference with all-conference selections including Bedford’s Hannah Koehler taking the league’s top award while head coach Karen McNulty earned the top coaching honor.

Koehler, a junior middle blocker and Bedford High School graduate, was named the NECC’s Player of the Year, which also included a first-team selection. Senior Madeline Roulier of Pittsfield, Mass. (St. Joseph), was named to the second team, and junior Nicole Beard of Shelton, Conn. (Shelton), was a third-team honoree.

McNulty, in her first and only season with the program, was named the conference Coach of the Year after guiding the Eagles to a program best-ever 22-8 record which included finishing as runner-up in the NECC championship tournament, reaching the finals for the first time since 2010. Her award was the third all-time for the program and first since 2010.

This year marked the final season of Eagle women’s volleyball. The college will cease operations at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year.

Koehler’s top player award is the first of its kind in program history and first major award for the program since 2008 when Amanda Wilson was the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.

Koehler led DWC and placed third in the NECC in kills per set (3.39), was the overall leader in total kills (328), first in hitting percentage (.322) and first in blocks average (64 total). She added 14 assists, 15 aces and 46 digs and combined for a team-best 390.5 points.

A two-time NECC Player of the Week, Koehler posted double figures in kills 17 times in 29 matches.

Her two-year career at DWC includes 55 matches played with 506 kills (5th all-time), 120 total blocks (6th all-time), 616.5 points (6th all-time), 18 aces, 20 assists and 85 digs.