CHAMPS!! @AU_Volleyball Wins Patriot League Title

Coaches and staff in a team photo with the championship banner

WASHINGTON – Aleksandra Kazala finished with 18 kills and Cheyenne Orsi added 10 kills and five blocks as American University swept Navy, 25-17, 25-14, 25-22, to win the championship match of the Patriot League Volleyball Tournament on Sunday.

The top-seeded Eagles won their 18th straight match and improved to 26-7 overall. The second-seeded Midshipmen fell to 23-8.

Kazala was named the Tournament MVP and joined teammates Kennedy Etheridge and Vela McBride on the All-Tournament Team. Navy's Tara Dotzauer, who had a team-high 10 kills in the final, and setter Patricia Mattingly also were All-Tourney picks.

Lehigh libero Emily Develle and Army West Point middle Rachel Gearon were the other selections on the All-Tournament Team.

Shannon Webb and Helena Elbaek each added nine kills for American, which got 38 assists from Etheridge. Libero Kristen Largay had 17 digs for the Eagles, with Megan Crush finishing with 11.

American won its 15th volleyball title in its 17 years of membership in the Patriot League. The Eagles extended their record to 30-0 in PL Tournament matches played in Bender Arena. The PL title is AU's fifth straight.

The Eagles earned the Patriot League's automatic-qualifying bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament. American will learn its next opponent and the site of the match on Sunday, Nov. 26 when the NCAA hosts its selection show.