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St. Vincent volleyball coach honored

| Thursday, May 10, 2012, 10:04 p.m.

Sue Hozak, who led St. Vincent College's women's volleyball team to a 23-13 record and a third-place finish in the American Mideast Conference North Division, has been named AMC North coach of the year.

Hozak has compiled a career record of 338-290 while coaching the St. Vincent women's team from its inception in 1985.

A former member of three PIAA championship teams at Norwin High School, Hozak is a 1983 graduate of Waynesburg College, where she was a three-time All-National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics District 18 selection.

This is Hozak's second conference award, having been named coach of the year in the defunct Keystone-Empire Collegiate Conference in 1994, when she was also NAIA/American Volleyball Coaches Association Northeast Region coach of the year.

Hozak also received NAIA District 18 coach of the year honors in 1990, 1992 and 1993.

Other St. Vincent honors this season went to sophomore Ashley Ripple, who was named to the All-NAIA and All-AMC North first teams, as well as the AMC North setter of the year; Emily Ecoff, who was named AMC North freshman of the year and to the All-AMC North second team; and Kristin Tyke, a Penn-Trafford High School graduate, and Krystal Weissert, who were named to the All-AMC North honorable mention team.

Also, Amanda Benedetti (Hempfield Area) and Elizabeth Zgorecki (Southmoreland) were named to the NAIA Academic All-America team by attaining a grade-point average of at least 3.50.


  • Wesley Clemons (Penn-Trafford), a running back/kick returner from California University of Pennsylvania, was chosen to participate in the annual East Coast Bowl, which was held Nov. 29 in Petersburg, Va. Clemons rushed for 928 yards and eight touchdowns and had 12 receptions for 166 yards and nine kickoff returns for 138 yards for California this season.

  • Senior cornerback Ryan Graft (Southmoreland) had 11 tackles for Washington & Jefferson College in a recent 41-19 victory over Wilkes College in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Southwest Championship Bowl. Sophomore tight end Aaron Krepps (Belle Vernon Area) had four receptions for 88 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown catch, for W&J.


  • Dave Moliterno (Franklin Regional), the leading scorer for the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown men's team, was named player of the week in College Hockey East after scoring one goal and assisting on two others in a 4-3 win over California University of Pennsylvania.


  • Three juniors at St. Vincent College -- goalkeeper Brent White (Mt. Pleasant Area), defender Erin Urick (Yough) and midfielder Michael Schreck -- have been named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Academic All-America team for attaining a grade-point average of at least 3.50.

  • Pete Kariotis (Burrell), a junior forward on the California University of Pennsylvania men's team, has been named to the All-National Soccer Coaches' Association of America NCAA Division II Northeast Region third team.

  • Mike Koper (Norwin), a senior defender on the Grove City College men's team, has been named to the All-National Soccer Coaches' Association of American NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Region third team.


  • Bethany Bankovich (Greater Latrobe), a senior at Clarion University, qualified in three events for the upcoming NCAA Division II meet. At an invitational at Akron University, Bankovich finished first in the 100-yard butterfly and second in the 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley.

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