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
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
|Kaulana Ane||New Haven||S||Jr|
|Shelby Cable ***||NYIT||OH||Sr|
|Amber Cannady ***||New Haven||MB||Sr|
|Kaitlyn DeStefano **||Adelphi||MB||Jr|
|Savannah Donarski **||NYIT||OH||Sr|
|Kea-Marie Olaso||New Haven||L||Jr|
|Larissa Oliveira ***||Bridgeport||MB||Jr|
|Biljana Savic ***||Bridgeport||S||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.)