Standout season for Castilleja grad McLaughlin


Freshman Erin McLaughlin from Castilleja School has been honored for her stellar play after helping the New York University women's volleyball to an outstanding season.

McLaughlin was named second-team All-University Athletic Association (UAA) in her first collegiate season. She also was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA New York Regional, leading NYU to a berth in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

McLaughlin played in 127 sets at outside hitter, finishing second on the Violets in kills (342), kills per set (2.69) and service aces (68) and third on the team in digs (356).

She played at her best when it mattered most, finishing first in UAA play in service aces per set (0.62), 12th in digs per set (3.30) and 16th in kills per set (2.47). With McLaughlin's help, NYU finished the season seventh in Division III in kills per set (13.59).

NYU advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament and ended the season ranked No. 12 in Division III. The Violets posted a record of 38-6, their highest win total since 2004, when they reached the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year.

The squad captured five tournament championships, hosted the New York Regional of the NCAA Tournament and defeated then-No. 1-ranked Washington University, 3-2, in one of the biggest wins in school history.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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