St. Vincent volleyball coach honored
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.
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