Roger Williams sophomore and Suffern alum Elizabeth Flaherty was named a Division-III All-American honorable mention by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, it was announced Tuesday morning.
Flaherty, a two-time Journal News Rockland player of the year, helped lead the Hawks to its first NCAA tournament win before bowing out in the Round of 32. Flaherty recorded 10 kills and eight digs in the loss. The Hawks, who finished 31-4, won their fifth consecutive Commonwealth Coast Conference championship while setting a new program record for wins.
Among her accolades this season, Flaherty was selected as the CCC Player of the Week on September 10 and was named to All-CCC and AVCA All-Region teams.
In related college news, Queens College freshman Tori Bowser earned her league-best fourth Rookie of the Week honor for the East Coast Conference on Monday. Bowser led Pelham to back-to-back Class B state championship matches in 2011 and 2012.
Queens (10-14) struggled this season, but will return all but one player next year. Bowser has been the brightest spot on the team, and has to be considered the front-runner for ECC Rookie of the Year.
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