Vendula Kurcova was a dominant force for the American University volleyball team from 1995-98, leading the Eagles to an overall record of 91-48.
Kurcova helped to guide American to back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association Championships in 1997 and 1998, marking the first conference titles in program history. The Eagles earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament both seasons, also marking a program first. The ‘97 squad finished the year with an impressive 30-4 overall record while the ‘98 team composed a 29-6 mark.
Kurcova was a three-time All-CAA selection, earning first team honors in 1996 and 1997 and second team honors in 1995. A complete player, Kurcova led the Eagles in solo blocks as a freshman, kills as a sophomore, and both kills and digs as a junior. Today she ranks fourth all-time in school history with 1,568 kills and her 3.50 career kills per game average ranks fifth in school annals.
A tremendous student off the court, Kurcova was also a two-time Academic All-America selection. She was selected to the first team in 1997, the second team in 1998 and in 1996 was chosen to the Regional Academic All-America team.
“Vendula was the pioneer that began a new tradition of excellence in the history of American University Volleyball. Her leadership personifies the standard of achievement that all of our student-athletes seek to attain. She was a scholar in the classroom and a champion in her sport.”
- Barry Goldberg, Head Volleyball Coach