Nov. 8, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. - In less than two years at West Point, sophomore setter Mary Vaccaro has managed to stand out both on the volleyball court and in the classroom. On Thursday afternoon, she was one of six volleyball players from around the region to earn Capital One Academic All-District I first team honors for her efforts.
With a first team citation, advances to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
Vaccaro carries a 3.90 cumulative grade-point average in Kinesiology and is one of two sophomores on the first team. She joins American senior Rebecca Heath (District II) as the only two Patriot League scholar-athletes honored.
The reigning Patriot League Setter of the Year and returning first team All-Patriot League performer has not slowed down in 2012. Vaccaro has authored 13 double-doubles this season, 12 of which came via the assists and digs column. The other came in a near triple-double as she recorded a career-high 11 kills to go with 34 assists and seven digs.
A native of Orinda, Calif., Vaccaro's 9.41 assists per set rank second in the Patriot League. She has emerged as an attacking threat as well this season, accumulating a career-high 80 kills.
Vaccaro has started nearly every match of her young career and has been a catalyst in the Black Knights' 18-8 record thus far. The Black Knights sit in a tie with American for second place in the conference standings with a 9-3 mark heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
Army has already secured a berth in the 2012 Patriot League Tournament, set to be played Nov. 17-18 at Colgate.
Click here for the entire list of Capital One Academic All-District honorees.