Eight Earn AVCA All-Region Honors; Uzcategui Named Coach of the Year

Eight Earn AVCA All-Region Honors; Uzcategui Named Coach of the Year

Lexington, Ky. - Eight volleyball student-athletes from the East Coast Conference have been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II All-East Region team. Seven earned All-Region status while one was named to the Honorable Mention list. University of Bridgeport Head Coach, Leo Uzcategui, was also named the East Region Coach of the Year.

Bridgeport tops the East Region with four standouts named to the All-Region squad. ECC Player of the Year, Biljana Savic, is joined by teammates Larissa Oliveira, Sarah Rosa, and Ying Shen. Oliveira and Savic, both juniors, have now earned three straight AVCA All-Region selections. Shen is also a multiple year All-Region honoree, earning her second straight selection.

NYIT was also well represented with three players, Shelby Cable, Savanna Donarski, and Marija Jovanovic, on the All-Region squad. Four-time ECC All-Conference First Team pick, Cable, joins Oliveira and Savic as a three-time AVCA All-Region honoree. Donarksi was included for the second straight year while Jovanovic earns her first All-Region selection.

Another Bear, Kelly Brown, was also selected to the Honorable Mention portion of the team.

Bridgeport Head Coach, Leo Uzcategui, guided the Purple Knights to another outstanding season. This year marks the sixth consecutive NCAA appearance after advancing to the NCAA East Regional Final a year ago. The Purple Knights took home their second consecutive East Coast Conference Championship and are currently riding a 15-match winning streak. Bridgeport enters the tournament ranked first in the conference in kills per set (12.94), hitting percentage (.268), assists per set (11.82) and points per set (16.8). This is Uzcategui's third AVCA Region Coach of the Year award after winning in 2009 and 2011.

2013 AVCA All-East Region Team

Name School Position          Year
Kaulana Ane New Haven S Jr
Shelby Cable *** NYIT OH Sr
Amber Cannady *** New Haven         MB Sr
Kaitlyn DeStefano ** Adelphi MB Jr
Savannah Dominguez Bentley MB So
Savannah Donarski **          NYIT OH Sr
Marija Jovanovic NYIT S Sr
Kea-Marie Olaso New Haven L Jr
Larissa Oliveira *** Bridgeport MB Jr
Delia Phillips Stonehill OH So
Sarah Rosa Bridgeport OH So
Biljana Savic *** Bridgeport S Jr
Stephanie Sheehan Merrimack OH Jr
Ying Shen Bridgeport OH Jr

* - Denotes total number of years selected to AVCA Division II All-Region Team

Region Freshman of the Year: 
Maryelle Devic, College of St. Rose, MB
Region Coach of the Year: Leo Uzcategui, Bridgeport
Honorable Mention:  Kelly Brown (NYIT, MB, Sr.), Katie Bryson (Adelphi, S, Sr.), Katie Daniels (St. Rose, L, Jr.), Alex Gagliano (St. Rose, MB, Sr.), Kristen Lee (New Haven, OH, So.), Lauren Miller (Franklin Pierce, L, Sr.)