Albany, N.Y. – Outside hitter Carmen Freeman (Memphis, Tenn./St. Mary's) was named America East Co-Rookie of the Year and to the All-Rookie Team, the conference announced Thursday evening at the annual Awards Banquet. Juniors Paola Rojas (San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico/Notre Dame) and Kristin Watson (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) were also named to First and Second Team All-Conference honors respectively.
Freeman led UMBC this season on offense, recording a team-best 225 kills, averaging 3.00 kills per set. The freshman also recorded the second highest dig total on the team with 193 on the year.
Freeman recorded six double-doubles throughout the season, including three consecutive against Delaware, Holy Cross, and George Washington. She recorded her career high 19 digs against Holy Cross. Freeman also totaled a career-best 16 kills twice this year against both Temple and Binghamton.
The freshman was also named America East Rookie of the Week four times.
Rojas, named to the All-Conference First Team, was an integral part of the Retrievers lineup all season, hitting a team-best .253 percentage, and averaged 2.81 kills per set, placing her sixth in the conference for both categories.
The redshirt junior recorded a career-best in kills against New Hampshire with 22 on .486 hitting, which led to being named Co-Player of the Week.
For Watson, it was her second consecutive All-Conference honor, as she remained a strong defensive force for the Retrievers at the libero position. Watson was 19th in the nation and led the conference with 5.45 digs per set, including nine matches with 20 or more digs. Watson out-dug her previous career-best of 5.12 digs per set from last season.
Watson was named Defensive Specialist of the Week twice this season.
Along with her Second Team All-Conference honors, Watson was also named to the All-Academic Team for her work in the classroom, with a 3.44 GPA as a Mathematics major, while leading the Retrievers in her first year as a captain.