Yorke, Hyman Earn Spot on ESPN Academic All-District Team

Laura Hyman '11

AMHERST, MA – Amherst College’s Rachel Yorke ’11 (Los Angeles, CA) and Laura Hyman ’11 (Glencoe, IL) have been named to the ESPN Academic All-District Volleyball Second Team (College Division), the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced today.

Student-athletes must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 and have significant athletic credentials in order to be nominated for an Academic All-District Team. Nineteen volleyball players were named to either the First, Second or Third Team for District 1, six of whom represent the NESCAC.

Yorke and Hyman are key members of a senior class that has accumulated a 95-23 record as a group, and this year they have helped the Jeffs post a 23-2 record heading into this weekend’s NESCAC Championship. Amherst went on a 16-match winning streak this year en route to a 9-1 record in conference play, as the Jeffs are currently the top-ranked team in New England according to the NCAA.

Hyman has a 3.68 cumulative GPA as a psychology major. She is currently tied for the NESCAC lead in blocks per set (1.02) and ranks second in hitting percentage (.341), trailing only teammate Jackie Berkley ’11 (.366) in the category. She has also averaged 1.83 kills per set and recorded 33 solo blocks, as she has helped the Jeffs lead the conference in kills (12.32) while ranking second in hitting percentage (.249) and blocks (2.34).

Rachel Yorke '11

Hyman has been a major contributor in each of her four years. Her blocking average has increased each season, from 0.73 as a first-year to 1.02 this year. She led the NESCAC in hitting percentage as a sophomore (.396) and finished second in blocks per set as a junior (0.93), averaging 1.7 kills, 0.9 blocks and a .314 hitting clip for her career.

As an economics major with a 3.63 GPA, Yorke finished second in the NESCAC in digs per set in each of her first three years but holds a comfortable lead in the category this season (6.95). A two-time All-NESCAC and All-New England selection, Yorke has been the team’s most consistent performer since 2007, averaging 5.67 digs per set in her four years.

In addition to being named to countless All-Tournament teams, Yorke is a NESCAC All-Academic and All-Sportsmanship honoree. She has recorded at least 30 kills countless times in her career, and this season alone has reached 40 digs on three occasions. Notably, one of her 40-dig performances came in only four sets when the Jeffs earned a 3-1 win over Tufts at the Hall of Fame Invitational. Yorke recorded 44 digs in a 3-2 win over Coast Guard early in the season, and most recently had an even 40 during a pivotal 3-2 win against Williams.  

Joining Yorke and Hyman to represent the NESCAC are Kate Anderson ’11 and Nicole Ballon-Landa ’11 of Williams College, and Amy Newman ’12 and Marissa DeMais ’11 of Connecticut College. A complete list of this year’s Academic All-District honorees can be found on the CoSIDA website.