Palgutova Receives AVCA All-East Coast Region First Team Honors, Wachowicz Named Honorable Mention|
Dec. 10, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. – Sophomore Karin Palgutova received All-Region honors for the second-straight year, while junior Aleksandra Wachowicz was named an honorable mention as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on Tuesday afternoon. Since 2000, St. John’s volleyball has now produced 17 AVCA All-Region honorees. Palgutova, who was an All-Region honorable mention in 2012, becomes the fifth member of the program to earn All-Region honors at least twice. Meanwhile, Wachowicz becomes the ninth different SJU volleyball player to make an All-Region team.
Palgutova and Wachowicz are two of 20 athletes voted onto the East Coast All-Region team. The East Coast Region consists of 36 schools from the ACC, BIG EAST, Southern Conference, Colonial Athletic Association, America East, Metro Atlantic, and Northeast conference.
St. John’s was one of nine schools to have a player receive East Coast All-Region honors. Marquette, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Duke, College of Charleston, Notre Dame, James Madison, and Virginia are the others.
A two-time All-BIG EAST First Team selection and All-Region honoree, Palgutova led the BIG EAST and ranked 21st in the NCAA with 4.36 kills per set in her sophomore campaign. She also led the conference and placed 18th in the nation in points, racking up 4.92 per set. On the defensive side, Palgutova recorded 2.39 digs per set and 0.62 blocks per set, which rank second and third on the team, respectively. Her versatility allowed her to record a team-high 14 double-doubles this season.
A first-time All-Region honoree and All-BIG EAST Second Team selection, Wachowicz recorded 3.79 kills per set, which ranked third in the BIG EAST and 60th in the NCAA. She also posted 4.32 points per set, which was fourth-most in the conference and 64th-most in the NCAA. In addition, she ranked eighth in the BIG EAST in service aces with a 0.28 per set average. Her efforts on the defensive end this season resulted in 1.56 digs per set and five double-doubles.