On Sunday night, freshman Alex Frapech was browsing the Great Northeast Athletic Conference website when he noticed his name — he was selected as rookie of the year for his work on the men’s volleyball team this season.
“It was pretty unexpected,” said Frapech. “I didn’t think I was going to get it.”
Frapech, a communication studies major, said he had no input into his consideration for the award; it was the coaches who submitted him for consideration to the GNAC.
“When it came down to it, I had pretty big plays,” said Frapech. “I guess from the coach’s point of view, I was the star player.”
Frapech ranks third in the GNAC in kills per set with 3.40, and third in total kills with 333, according to GNAC statistics.
Frapech said he practices roughly 20 hours a week, and that he found the award gratifying in part because of his long-standing dedication to the sport. Frapech said he first began playing in sixth grade on the beach before moving to indoor volleybal.
But Frapech said he would be foolish to think he won this award independently of other players.
“Without my other teammates,” he said, “I wouldn’t have made it.”
The men’s volleyball team secured its first postseason victory in a 3-2 victory over Wentworth Institute of Technology earlier this month. The Lions lost in the semifinals of the GNAC playoffs against Emmanuel College 3-0 this weekend.
Still, Frapech said he now feels the pressure to come back next season and live up to his newly-anointed title.
“I hope to come back next season,” he said, “make a name for Emerson, and win the conference.”
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that the Lions lost in the semifinals to Emmanuel College 3-2. They lost 3-0. The article also stated that the men's volleyball team is moving to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference next season—it will stay in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference despite Emerson's other NCAA teams moving to the NEWMAC.