WATERVILLE, Maine – Maria Jackson, a junior on the Castleton University volleyball team, has been named to the 2017 North Atlantic Conference Volleyball Sportsmanship Team, as the league office announced the postseason awards Thursday morning.
The NAC Volleyball Sportsmanship Team is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees are individuals who have positively affected the volleyball culture and environment and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the playing rules and etiquette.
Jackson, the team's starting setter, appeared in all 23 matches this season for the Spartans, leading the team with 269 assists and 224 digs. She is currently fourth in the conference in digs per set (2.91) and seventh in the league in assists per set (3.49). Jackson posted the fourth-most assists in a single season in Castleton history as well as the eighth-most digs in a season in program history.
This season, Jackson notched eight double-doubles, three times earning double figures in both assists and digs in two matches on the same day. On Sept. 23, she collected a career-high 31 assists to go along with 15 digs against Green Mountain, and then she finished with 25 assists and a career-high 27 digs against Becker. Jackson nearly posted a triple-double on Oct. 17 against SUNY Cobleskill, accumulating eight kills, 13 assists, and 25 digs.
The Castleton University volleyball team finished fifth in the NAC regular season standings and qualified for the NAC Volleyball Tournament for the third consecutive season.