Kazala, Elbaek Voted to Academic All-PL Team

Left to right: Aleksandra Kazala & Helena Elbaek

Official Patriot League Release

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Aleksandra Kazala and Helena Elbaek were voted onto the Academic All-Patriot League Volleyball Team, the league office announced Thursday.

Kazala, a senior outside hitter from Debica, Poland, earned her third straight place on the Academic All-PL squad. Earlier in the week, she also picked up her third straight PL Player of the Year honor.

Elbaek, a sophomore opposite from Ikast, Denmark, was voted to the Academic All-PL squad for the first time. She has a 3.74 GPA in biology at American, while Kazala maintains a 3.55 in business administration and finance.

Navy senior setter Patricia Mattingly was voted the PL Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the third consecutive time. 

Five of the seven student-athletes selected for the academic all-League squad were also named to All-Patriot League teams on Tuesday, including Kazala and Elbaek, who were first-team picks.

The voting for the All-Academic squads was conducted by the league's volleyball sports information directors, who could not vote for their own student-athletes.
To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or student-athletes in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.


Academic All-Patriot League Team

Aleksandra Kazala, American, Sr., OH

Helena Elbaek, American, So., OH

Alex Stein, Colgate, Jr., OH

Julia Howard, Lafayette, Jr., S

Lauren Bright, Lehigh, Jr., MB

Ann Ernst, Loyola Maryland, Jr., OH

Patricia Mattingly*, Navy, Sr., S 

  * - PL Scholar-Athlete of the Year