Dolegowski Named AVCA East Region Freshman of the Year; Five Others Earn All-Region Honors

Dolegowski Named AVCA East Region Freshman of the Year; Five Others Earn All-Region Honors

East Coast Conference Co-Rookie of the Year, Bailey Dolegowski of Daemen College, continues to stack up post-season awards after earning the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) East Region Freshman of the Year honor. Daemen head coach, Stephanie Albano, also earns the AVCA East Region Coach of the Year award. In addition, five other ECC volleyball standouts have earned a spot on the AVCA and Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (DIICCA) All-Region Teams.

Dolegowski, who also was an AVCA Honorable Mention All-Region pick, currently leads the ECC with 1,067 assists on the season and ranks third with 9.70 assists per set. She also ranks fourth in the conference with 42 service aces and has contributed 272 digs on the year.

Albano earns the nod as the region's top coach in her first season on the Daemen sideline. Also the ECC Coach of the Year, Albano led the Wildcats to an ECC Regular Season Championship and their first-ever berth in the NCAA Division II Championship.

Five from the ECC earned AVCA All-Region selections, as well. ECC Player of the Year, Ashley Drzymala, and her sister Amber Drzymala of Daemen, were joined by NYIT's Rachel Guida, Karolina Moderova, and ECC Setter of the Year, Allison Fowler.

Ashley Drzymala, Guida, and Fowler also were selected to the DIICCA All-East Region First Team. As First Team selections, the trio will now be included on the DIICCA All-America ballot.

2016 AVCA All-East Region Team

Name School Position   Year
Alex Bussey New Haven MB Jr.
Kendall Corcoran Le Moyne S Jr.
Amber Drzymala Daemen OH Sr.
Ashley Drzymala Daemen OH So.
Claudia Fontanet Pace OH So.
Allison Fowler ** NYIT S Jr.
Skylar German *** Post MB Sr.
Rachel Guida NYIT MB Sr.
Jessica Miller Le Moyne RS So.
Karolina Moderova **    NYIT OH Jr.
Melissa Rigo Adelphi OH Gr.
Kristine Rios New Haven S So.
Diva Rivas-Reyes American International OH So.
Mercy Rivera American International     L Jr.

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

Region Freshman of the Year:
Bailey Dolegowski, S, Daemen
Region Coach of the Year: Stephanie Albano, Daemen

Honorable Mention: Maryellen Devic, Sr., OH, Saint Rose; Bailey Dolegowski, Fr., S, Daemen; Katrina Janssen, Jr., OH, Caldwell; Dolores Kopren, So., S, American International; Danielle Vaiano, Fr., L, Pace; Courtney Wensel, So., OH, Philadelphia U.

2016 DIICCA All-East Region Team
First Team

OH: Diva Rivas-Reyes,  American International
OH: Melissa Rigo, Adelphi                     
OH: Ashley Drzymala, Daemen
MH/B: *Skylar German, Post                          
MH/B: Rachel Guida, NYIT
L/DS: Mercy Rivera, American International
S: **Allison Fowler, NYIT

Second Team
OH: Courtney Wensel, Philadelphia
OH: Chase Wassel, Holy Family
OH: Katrina Janssen, Caldwell
MH/B: Corinne Justus, Philadelphia
MH/B: Kelsie Blue, Georgian Court
L/DS: Jessica Mitchell, Caldwell
S: Brianna Root, Post

East Region Player of the Year: Skylar German, Post

* 2015 D2CCA East Region First Team Selection
** 2015 D2CCA East Region Second Team Selection