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National Honors for NECC Volleyball Player

Submitted by on December 2, 2021 – 5:19 pm

Haverhill, MA (December 1, 2021) – Their season may be over, but the wins keep coming for Northern Essex Community College women’s volleyball team. This week, freshman Dejalee Torres of Lawrence was named an NJCAA All-American. This is the first time a member of the college’s volleyball team has earned the honor.

Dejalee stands in front of knights backdrop, smiling at camera with yellow longsleeve jersey on

Dejalee Torres of Lawrence was named a NJCAA All-American

Torres was one of just 30 student-athletes from across the country to make the NJCAA Division III Volleyball All-America Teams. Twelve student-athletes each earned First and Second team recognition, while Torres was one of six to earn Honorable Mention. Overall, Torres is the 42nd NECC Knight and the 17th woman from NECC to be named to an All-American.

This season, Torres was a force on both sides of the net. She was the regional leader in both kills and kills per set, while ranking third in both hitting percentage and blocks per set. Her kills-per-set also ranked among the best in the country.

The Knights finished the season as NJCAA Region 21 Tournament runner-up, falling to the Community College of Rhode Island in the championship game after going unbeaten in the regular season against region opponents.

Northern Essex Community College competes as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and sponsors thirteen varsity intercollegiate sports including baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, softball, men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country and men’s and women’s track and field and Esports. For more information on Northern Essex Community College Athletics please visit the official website of Northern Essex Athletics (