LEXINGTON, Ky. – American University seniors Monika Smidova and Allison Cappellino have been chosen as All-East Region honorees, as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) today. Additionally, senior Kristyna Lindovska received honorable mention all-region recognition.
Smidova, a setter from Plzen, Czech Republic, earns all-region honors for the second straight year, adding to a substantial list of honors this season. She was selected as the Patriot League Player of the Year for the second time, while earning PL Setter of the Year and PL Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the third year in a row.
A unanimous first-team All-Patriot League selection, Smidova averaged 9.93 assists, 3.02 digs, 1.40 kills, 0.63 blocks and 0.43 service aces per set in 2015. She also ended her tenure at AU ranked third in career assists (4055) and career digs (1272) and became the first player in program history to total over 4,000 assists, 1,000 digs, 500 kills and 200 blocks.
An outside hitter from Penfield, N.Y., Cappellino receives her first all-region accolades after being recognized as an honorable mention selection in 2014. Cappellino also had an outstanding season for the Eagles, averaging a team-best 3.25 kills per set, along with 2.74 digs per set.
Also a unanimous first-team All-PL honoree, Cappellino was selected as the Patriot League Tournament MVP and ended her career ranked second all-time in digs at American with 1,405.
Lindovska, a 2013 All-East Region selection, earned honorable mention after a solid senior campaign. An opposite hitter from Ostrava, Czech Republic, Lindovska was a unanimous first-team All-Patriot League honoree after averaging 2.52 kills and 0.87 blocks per set in 2015. She also became just the 12th player in program history to surpass 1,000 career kills, finishing with 1,049.
The senior trio helped guide the Eagles to a 28-7 overall record in 2015, including an 18-0 mark against Patriot League competition. AU captured its 13th tournament title in 15 seasons in the Patriot League, while also scoring a significant upset in the NCAA Tournament, defeating 22nd-ranked Kentucky in straight sets.
With this year's honors, a total of eight AU players have received AVCA All-Region accolades. Other previous all-region honorees for the Eagles include Ajola Berisha (1998, 2000), Karla Kucerkova (2002-03), Cutrina Biddulph (2004), Rubena Sukaj (2006-08) and Angelina Waterman (2010).