RICHMOND, Va. – VCU sophomore Romana Kriskova (Bratislava, Slovakia) (pictured, right) was named Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year Wednesday, the first volleyball player in program history to receive a league's top honor.
In addition to Kriskova, junior Amanda Love (Southfield, Mich.) was picked as the league's Libero of the Year. Kriskova was named to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team, while Love and sophomore Kalah Jones (Fayetteville, Ga.) collected second team honors.
Kriskova's 2013 season has been one for the ages, and it's not over yet. The 6-foot-3 outside hitter ranks fourth nationally in kills (4.89) and points (5.67) per set. Two weeks ago, she broke the VCU single-season record for kills of 549. She currently has 577 kills this season. The sophomore also leads the A-10 in aces per set (0.42) and is hitting .273 this season. Last season, Kriskova was named to the league's All-Rookie Team as a right side hitter.
In addition, Kriskova proved that she's not just a great volleyball player. She's a well-rounded student-athlete. An exercise science major, Kriskova was one of just seven players named to the A-10's All-Academic Team.
For Love, it is her first All-Conference citation, and she is the first VCU libero to earn an All-League honor since Laryssa Goncalves in 2007.
A three-year starter, Love is tied for sixth in the A-10 with 3.64 digs per set. Earlier this season, she topped the 1,000-dig plateau.
Jones, in her first season with VCU after transferring with Clemson, is averaging 3.03 kills this season, second best on the team and ninth-best in the A-10. She is also averaging 1.07 digs and 0.32 blocks this year and is hitting .215.
Led by first-year Coach Jody Rogers and their All-Conference trio, VCU finished 24-7 overall during the regular season and 11-3 in the A-10. The Rams have earned the No. 2 seed in the A-10 Championship this weekend in Washington, D.C. The Rams have received a first round bye and will meet either host George Washington or Rhode Island in Saturday's semifinal round at 7:30 p.m.