RICHMOND, Va. – Call it the cherry on top of a super sophomore campaign. On Wednesday, Romana Kriskova (Bratislava, Slovakia) was named AVCA All-America Honorable Mention, one week after netting All-Region honors.
Kriskova is the second Ram to earn and All-American Honorable Mention citation after Martina Samadan last season.
In her first season as an outside hitter, Kriskova turned heads and wreaked havoc on VCU's record books. For her efforts, she was named Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year, and AVCA All-East Region.
Kriskova averaged 4.83 kills per set, which ranked fifth nationally and shattered the previous record of 4.46, set by Francescatto in 2006. Her 623 kills this season also surpassed Francescatto's program best of 549. Kriskova hit .269 and served up an A-10 leading 50 aces. Her 78 blocks were fourth-most on the team. She ranked fourth in the country in points per set (5.57). She also moved into 10th place on VCU's career kills list (884).
In 34 matches in 2013, Kriskova failed to record double-digit kills just once. She topped 20 kills 12 times, and her 29 kills on Oct. 22 in a win over William & Mary were the most by a Ram since 2007. The 6-foot-3 veteran of the Slovakian National Team ripped a match-high 21 kills in the A-10 Championship Match Nov. 24 in Washington, D.C. and was named to the A-10 All-Tournament Team.
Kriskova earned A-10 Offensive Player of the Week honors five times during the season, and she was selected to the All-Tournament Team at all four of the Rams' non-conference tournaments. Kriskova was named MVP of the season-opening IUPUI Hampton Inn Invitational. The sophomore led VCU to a five-set win at Tennessee on Sept. 14 – the program's first victory over an SEC foe – with 28 kills and 33.5 points, the most by a Ram since 2002.
Behind its star outside hitter, VCU finished 26-8 this season and reached the A-10 Championship Match.