WORCESTER – WPI's Victoria Nassar (Atkinson, NH) and Azita Bakhtyari (Andover, MA) have been chosen to compete in the New England Women's Volleyball Association (NEWVA) Senior Classic All-Star Game Sunday, December 2nd at Eastern Nazarene. Casey Hunt (Granby, CT) was tabbed as an honorable mention.
Nassar, a repeat Academic All-NEWMAC selection, accumulated 1,209 digs and 97 service aces in 98 career matches. The mechanical engineering major recorded her 1,000th dig in a 3-0 home triumph versus Emerson, amassed six aces in the second meeting with Worcester State and handed out a career-high five assists in the NEWMAC tournament first round at Wellesley. In addition to serving up a career-best 41 aces in 2018, Nassar notched a career-high 513 digs for the Engineers in 2017. The New Hampshire native tallied a career-high 32 digs in a 2016 match at Trinity.
Bakhtyari, a 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-American and three-time All-District selection, as well as a three-time Academic All-NEWMAC honoree, completed her career with an All-NEWMAC second team nod. The mechanical engineering major eclipsed 2,000 assists in the regular season meeting at Wellesley and finished with 2,506 to go with 950 digs and 115 service aces in 113 matches. As a junior, Bakhtyari amassed career-bests of 876 helpers, 297 digs and 38 aces, including 59 assists at Keene State, 24 digs at Worcester State and five aces versus Gordon.
Hunt, a three-time Academic All-NEWMAC honoree and 2015 All-NEWMAC second teamer, delivered 1,186 digs, 900 kills, 87 aces and 78 block assists in 107 matches. The management engineering and environmental & sustainability studies double major totaled a career-best 24 digs at Wellesley to surpass the 1,000 dig milestone in September. During the return trip for the NEWMAC tournament match versus the Blue, Hunt hit .382. The Connecticut native tallied 21 kills versus Gordon as a junior and four block assists against Brandeis as a sophomore. She also served up a trio of aces on four occasions.