Karin Palgutova Named ECAC All-Star|
Jan. 6, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. - Sophomore Karin Palgutova was one of 14 players to be named an ECAC All-Star, earning Second Team honors, as announced by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). The two ECAC all-star teams are comprised of student-athletes from a possible 88 institutions from 17 different conferences, and the balloting was completed by head coaches within the ECAC Division I Volleyball membership.
Palgutova has now earned four postseason honors in her 2013 campaign. The outside hitter was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, the AVCA All-East Coast Region First Team, and was named an AVCA All-America honorable mention, becoming the first member of the Red Storm since 2008 to achieve All-America status. Palgutova also became the fourth St. John's volleyball player to make at least two All-BIG EAST First Teams and the fifth member of the program to earn All-Region honors at least twice.
With 4.36 kills per set, Palgutova led the BIG EAST and ranked 22nd in the NCAA. She also led the conference and placed 19th in the nation in points, racking up 4.92 per set. Her 510 kills are sixth most in a season by a member of the Red Storm, while her 1,255 total attacks are third most. In just two years at St. John's, Palgutova has collected 892 career kills, which ranks 10th on the all-time program list.
Palgutova also led the team in attack percentage (.263), recorded the second most digs per set (2.39), and the third most blocks per set (0.62). Her 14 double-doubles on the year both led the team and are a career-high.
Palgutova's other accomplishments this season include BIG EAST Player of the Week (Sept. 16), three BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll mentions (Sept. 9, Sept. 30, Oct. 21), and three All-Tournament Teams (Colgate Classic, Georgia Tech Courtyard Classic, Bryant Invitational), which is tied for first by any BIG EAST player this season.
In its 20-year history, St. John's volleyball has achieved numerous accolades from the ECAC, including two ECAC Championships within its first five years of competition. The Red Storm has also had three ECAC Players of the Week and an ECAC All-Tournament selection in 1997 (Kristine Knobel).