KEENE, N.H.--Junior Riley Bunker was named the Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Head Coach Bob Weiner was named the LEC Coach of the Year as the conference office announced the end of season award winners today. The Owls also placed three on the LEC All-Conference teams.
Bunker, a libero from Simi Valley, Calif, becomes the third player in school history to win the LEC Defensive Player of the Year award, joining Stacey Parr in 2002 and Sarah Peterson in 2008. The junior, who was also named to the LEC All-Conference Second Team, played in 29 matches this year with 438 digs and 43 service aces. She is now second all-time in school history in digs with 1,448.
Weiner was named Coach of the Year for the third time, adding to his awards won in 2008 and 2015. The Owls' long-time bench boss led the team to a 24-6 record this year and a share of the Little East Conference championship. Keene State set a school record for consecutive wins by winning its first 15 consecutive matches of the season for the best start to a season in school history.
Senior Rachel Lamica was named to the All-LEC First Team. The Malone, N.Y., native was an ever present in the weekly awards this year, earning the league's Offensive Player of the Week five times, more than anyone else in the LEC. Playing in all 30 matches, she totalled 456 kills, the third highest single season total in school history. She also had 43 service aces, 237 digs, and 42 total blocks while leading the conference in kills per set and finishing in the top five in kills and hitting percentage.
Freshman Bailey Wilson was picked to the All-LEC Second Team. The newcomer from Moorpark, Calif., racked up an LEC-best 937 assists, which already puts her among KSC's career leaders after just one season and was named the conference's Rookie of the Week four times. She went over 40 assists on six different occassions, including a career 52 against Framingham State on September 2. She also had 177 digs, 85 kills, 52 service aces, and 38 total blocks.