Boston, Mass. – Marina Ramos (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) has been named the 2014 New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) volleyball rookie of the year it was announced by Executive Director Patrick Summers on Wednesday afternoon.
In addition to earning the program's first ever major conference award, Ramos was named to the all-conference second-team – the first time a Clark volleyball student-athlete has earned all-league honors since Kara Scimeca earned second-team honors in 2003.
Ramos burst onto the scene in her inaugural season in Scarlet and White helping the Cougars to their second consecutive playoff appearance.
She finished the season ranked fifth in the league in kills per set (3.27), totaling 278 overall kills – seventh most in a single season in school history. Ramos also led the NEWMAC in kills during conference matches (148) and was also tied for fourth in the league in service aces per set (0.48).
Throughout the year she had several standout performances, including back-to-back-t0-back monster showings against Smith College (24 kills, 19 digs), Coast Guard (27 kills, 22 digs) and Johnson & Wales (21 kills, 14 digs).
After leading Clark to a 3-2 win over Wellesley with 17 kills and 17 digs in the Cougars first win over the Blue since 2004, Ramos was named NEWMAC Co-Player of the Week (October 20).
Then, in a win-and-get-in scenario in the final league match against Emerson, Ramos hammered home 18 digs and collected 13 digs in the 3-2 win.
In the end, her numbers were excellent, finishing with 11 double figure kill matches, 16 matches with double figure digs and ten matches with double figure kills and digs.