November 9, 2010

Five All-League Honors and Player of the Year for Volleyball

MADISON, N.J. – The Susquehanna women’s volleyball team saw five of its student-athletes earn All-Landmark Conference honors on Tuesday, highlighted by senior Lindsey Jankiewicz’s (Easton, Pa./Freedom) Player of the Year honor.

Jankiewicz capped off a record-breaking, four-year career with her first-ever Player of the Year accolade as well as her third All-League honor as she was also named to the First Team. Joining Jankiewicz on the First Team was middle hitter Kaylee Monga (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Knolls).

Earning Second Team honors were setter Shona St. Angelo (Manorville, N.Y./Eastport-South Manor), middle hitter Emily Carson (Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) opposite hitter M.C. Llareus (Edgewater, Md./South River).

Jankiewicz, who became the all-time kills leader in program history earlier this season, led the Crusaders with 399 kills, averaging 3.19 per set. She also led SU with 53 service aces, more than double her next closest teammate, and her 70 blocks placed her third on the squad. Among all league players, Jankiewicz currently stands second in kills and sixth in service aces.

For her career, Jankiewicz was a three-time All-League honoree. She will leave Susquehanna as the all-time kills leader with 1,757 to her credit. She is also second all-time with 332 total blocks and her 182 service aces are good for eighth in program history.

Monga, a sophomore, earned her first All-League honor. She had a career year for head coach Kuuipo Tom and the Crusaders, racking up 191 kills, 44 digs and a team-leading 87 blocks. Those 72 blocks place her third in the conference.

For the second-straight year, St. Angelo was named to the Second Team. The junior already stands third all-time in assists with 2,419 after finishing this season with a career-high 1,055. That total places her third among all Landmark Conference players in assists. St. Angelo also had a personal-best 17 blocks to go along with 286 digs and 20 service aces.

Carson also earned back-to-back honors with her Second Team nod and finished the season near the top of several statistical categories among her teammates. The sophomore was second on the squad with 353 digs, averaging 2.74 per set. Her 367 kills were second only to Jankiewicz and currently place her fourth in the conference. Carson’s 24 service aces and 82 total blocks were also the second-best totals on the team.

Rounding-out the Second Team was Llareus, a first-time All-League recipient. There was no sophomore slump for Llareus this fall, as she averaged 1.65 kills per set and racked up 188 kills on the season. Llareus also had 58 blocks, currently good for ninth in the conference, to go along with 31 digs and 28 assists.

The Crusaders finished their 2010 campaign with an overall record of 25-12, marking the third-straight year of at least 25 wins. After posting a 5-1 record in league play, SU earned a No. 2 seed in the postseason tournament and advanced to the championship match, also for the third consecutive year.

Also of individual note this season was Kuuipo Tom moving into sole possession of first place on the all-time coaching wins list at SU, as he now has 161 to his credit.