A spectacular 2017 season for Princeton sophomore Maggie O’Connell was punctuated in style, as she earned AVCA All-Northeast Region honorable mention following a season that saw her lead Princeton to a third straight Ivy League championship.
O’Connell had already made history this season, as she became only the sixth Princeton player to ever win the Ivy League Player of the Year award. She is only the second Princeton player to ever win both the Ivy League Rookie of the Year award and the Player of the Year award in her career (Parker Henritze ’09 was the other), and she is the only Tiger volleyball player to ever win this award as an underclassman. She was also one of only two league players to earn unanimous first-team All-Ivy League honors.
O’Connell led Princeton to its seventh NCAA tournament appearance, when the Tigers traveled to Ames, Iowa, to take on the 14th-seeded Iowa State Cyclones. O’Connell led Princeton with 11 kills and added two blocks, but the Tigers fell short in their upset bid and lost 3-0 at Hilton Coliseum.
O’Connell, coming off her 2016 Rookie of the Year season, was the only player in the Ivy League to rank in the Top 5 in both kills and points, as well as in the Top 10 in attack percentage. In her 14 Ivy matches, O’Connell averaged 3.24 kills and 3.60 points per set, and she did so while hitting .289. She finished the year with
The reigning Ivy League Player of the Week, O’Connell has played her best volleyball down the stretch. She has recorded six straight matches with double-digit kills, including an 18-kill performance at Harvard to clinch the Tigers’ third straight Ivy League title. She finished the year with 302 kills, 66 digs, 60 blocks and 334 total points. She finished her season with double-digit kills in seven straight matches, including an 18-kill performance at Harvard to clinch the Tigers’ third straight Ivy League title.