Oakdale, N.Y. - Dowling Athletics recently retired the No. 14 jersey worn by volleyball standout, Maja Potpara, in a brief ceremony before Thursday's final home game versus the New York Institute of Technology. This marks the first time any Golden Lion from any sport has had a number retired by the organization.
In 2008, Potpara took the NCAA by storm as she led all Division
II freshmen in kills and assists on her way to becoming the
National Freshman of the Year as voted on by the American
Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). That same season, she was
also named the East Coast Conference Rookie and Player of the
During her career, Potpara was named the ECC Player of the Year three times and the Daktronics East Region Player of the Year last season. In addition, she was named an AVCA All-American in each of her three seasons played to date.
The Golden Lions shared Potpara’s tremendous success during her tenure as they won the ECC Tournament title twice while advancing to the Elite Eight in 2009. Last year, she also helped Dowling become the first East Region team to make the National Final Four in the history of NCAA Division II volleyball.
Maja will finish her career ranked 4th on the Dowling all-time list with 3068 assists while tallying 243 service aces to be ranked 5th in the Dowling career record books. She also ranks in the top 10 in kills, digs, and blocks.
“Maja is a tremendous student-athlete and her hard work and skill has helped the team grow into the national contender it is today.” Said Dowling Vice President for Athletics Rick Cole, Jr. “We are extremely happy to honor her with this. She has definitely earned it.”
Provided by the Dowling Sports Information Department.