Sunday, January 9, 2011

Schaffer named to the AVCA D-III Regional Team

Keystone’s Jessica Schaffer, a senior outside hitter, was named to the American Volleyball Coaches of America (AVCA) Division III Northeast Region team and earned honorable mention All-American accolades, while playing volleyball for the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

It is the second time she has received these honors in her illustrious career, doing so in 2007.

Schaffer had a great final season for the Tigers, leading RIT with 548 kills (3.89 per game) and placing second with 409 digs. The 548 kills are sixth best in a season at RIT. A model of consistency, Schaffer recorded at least 10 kills in 32 of RIT’s 38 matches this season, and recorded 23 double-doubles. She recorded a season-best 20 kills on three separate occasions.

Schaffer finishes her RIT career second all-time in program history with 260 service aces, third with 1,923 digs, and third with 1,833 kills. She holds school records with at least 10 digs (113) and double-digit kills (99) in a match. Career-highs include 30 kills in a match, 30 digs, and 11 service aces.

In 2010, Schaffer earned All-Empire 8 honors for the third time in her career. She was a second team selection in 2006 and earned first team honors in 2007. In addition, she was the 2007 New York State Player of the Year and was an honorable mention AVCA All-American.

In 2007, Schaffer slammed 629 kills and recorded 616 digs, both third best in one season at RIT.

Schaffer was a two-time Empire 8 Rookie of the Week, and five-time Player of the Week. In addition, Schaffer was a three-time RACA Athlete of the Week. She was a three-time tournament MVP and earned All-Tournament Team honors eight times in her illustrious career.

This season, RIT finished 22-16 and advanced to the Empire 8 semifinals. In four years, Schaffer helped lead the Tigers to a 109-50 record, four trips to the Empire 8 Tournament, and a berth in the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

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