Belella, Zinaich named All-MAC Commonwealth

Payton Belella and Elena Zinaich

ANNVILLE, Pa. - Hood College's Payton Belella and Elena Zinaich were named the All-Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Women's Volleyball Team in voting conducted by the league's coaches.

Both players were voted to the second team and each is making her third appearance on the all-conference team.

Belella ranks 19th in Division III in total service aces with 65 and is second in the MAC Commonwealth with 808 assists. Her 46 assists against Eastern Mennonite were one of five matches with over 40 assists on the year. She had a career-high 11 aces against Trinity Washington and added six against New Jersey City University. She ended her senior season with 274 digs, and a career-high 62 kills. Already the Blazers' career assists leader, she ran her career tally to 3,570. She is also among Hood's all-time leaders in digs with 1,039.

Zinaich, a senior middle hitter, led the MAC Commonwealth in kills with 342 to run her Hood College career record to 1,397. She had a .289 hitting percentage and became Hood's all-time leader in kills with 342 for the season and 1,397 for her career. Her 407.5 points this year gave her the Blazer record of 1,666 and her career .281 hitting percentage is also the best mark at Hood. She tied the single-match record with 28 kills against New Jersey City and added three other 20-plus kill efforts. She had 35 aces and 47 blocks on the season and ranks among Hood's all-time blocks leaders with 232. 

The duo rank first and second in career matches and sets played.  

2018 All-MAC Commonwealth Volleyball
Player of the Year: Jess Attieh (Sr.), Lebanon Valley    
Rookie of the Year: Reily Shelly (Fr.), Lebanon Valley    
Coach of the Year: Eli Porr, Arcadia    
Position Name School Year
Libero Emily Eng Arcadia Junior
Setter Julia Paliwodzinski Arcadia Sophomore
Middle Hitter Mary Underman Messiah Junior
Outside Hitter Jess Attieh Lebanon Valley Senior
Outside Hitter Nicole Dorman Widener Senior
Outside Hitter Katie Leftridge Stevenson Junior
Right Side Moriah Savage Stevenson Senior
Position Name School Year
Libero Amanda Dahlman Messiah Sophomore
Setter Payton Belella Hood Senior
Middle Hitter Maddies Sehrt Arcadia Sophomore
Middle Hitter Victoria Prokic Stevenson Junior
Middle Hitter Elena Zinaich Hood Senior
Outside Hitter Lauren Enfield Arcadia Sophomore
Outside Hitter Shannon Ryan Arcadia Junior
Position Name School Year
Middle Hitter Claire Kaufmann Widener Sophomore
Middle Hitter Payton Manwaring Messiah Sophomore
Libero Emily Hepner Lycoming Senior
Libero Ashley McAfee Widener Junior