Dec. 10, 2013
AVCA All-Region Teams
LEXINGTON, Ky. – A week into an amazing run in the NCAA Tournament, American volleyball picked up a pair of honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on Tuesday, as junior outside hitter Kristyna Lindovska was named All-East while Barry Goldberg earned East Region Coach of the Year honors.
It’s another honor for Lindovska, who was a first-team All-Patriot League selection by the League’s nine head coaches and an Academic All-League selection by the sports information contacts last month. The junior leads the League in both kills (405) and kills per set (3.58) across 113 frames. She’s fourth on the Eagles with a .287 hitting percentage, is averaging 1.64 digs per set and is third on the team with 87 blocks. It’s Lindovska’s first All-Region selection.
Goldberg, named the Patriot League Coach of the Year for the fifth time in 2013 and second in the last three years, has guided the Eagles to remarkable season with a program- and League-record 34 victories. After it posted back-to-back 3-0 victories over Lehigh and Colgate to capture the program’s 11th League title in 13 years, American extended its win streak to 16 straight matches with two more straight-sets victories over Georgia and 16th-seeded Duke in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The wins marked the first in the NCAA postseason for both American and any Patriot League team. Goldberg is in his 25th year as Eagle head coach.
American returns to the floor on Friday when it takes on top-seeded and defending national champion Texas in the NCAA’s third round. The match is set for 6 p.m. in Lincoln, Neb., and will air live on ESPN3.