Kazala Earns GEICO Student-Athlete of the Week

Ola Kazala attacks against Howard

The best players rise up for the best challenges. Such was the case for Aleksandra Kazala when her American University volleyball team played host to fifth-ranked Penn State on Saturday night.

Kazala posted her third double-double of the season and led the Eagles to a 25-16 win over the Nittany Lions in the third set before AU lost, 3-1, to Penn State. Kazala's strong performance earned her the GEICO Student-Athlete of the Week honor for the period ending Sept. 17.

Kazala, a senior outside hitter from Debica, Poland, matched her season-high with 19 kills and posted a new season-high with 18 digs against PSU. Earlier in the day, she had 17 kills in a sweep of Howard that ended a four-match losing streak by American.

She was selected to the All-Tournament Team at the American Volleyball Classic.

Now sixth on AU's career kills list, Kazala is seventh in career kills nationally among active NCAA Division I players. 

American opens Patriot League play this weekend, traveling to Lafayette on Friday at 7 p.m. before facing Bucknell on Saturday at 2 p.m.

American begins the Patriot League portion of its schedule on the road next weekend, traveling to Lafayette on Friday evening at 7 p.m. and Bucknell on Saturday at 5 p.m.

The Eagles return home on Saturday, Sept. 29 to face Loyola Maryland at 4 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 30 for a 2 p.m. matinee with Navy.


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