Mankus Named ECAC Offensive Player Of The Year

Ariana Mankus


Ariana Mankus

Dec. 12, 2012

CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Nearly a month after the season's end and the awards continue to pour in for senior Ariana Mankus. Recently tabbed an honorable mention All-American, the outside hitter added Eastern College Athletic Association (ECAC) Offensive Player of the Year plaudits on Wednesday afternoon. She was also named an all-star by the same organization.

By virtue of tallying the most votes by the region's head coaches, Mankus was named the ECAC's top player. For the full listing of honorees, click here.

A unanimous selection first team All-Patriot League selection this fall, Mankus became the third player in conference history to be named Patriot League Player of the Year multiple times after winning the title in 2009 and 2012. She was the sixth player in Army history to win the prestigious award and first to win it twice.

Mankus started all 29 matches this fall and reached the 20-kill plateau five times. She recorded a career-best 30 kills at Colgate during the regular season, which marked the most kills by an Army player since 1990. Mankus later represented the Black Knights on the Patriot League All-Tournament Team.

A team co-captain and one of two players in program history to reach the century mark in kills and digs, the offensive powerhouse closed her career with 1,563 kills to rank second in Army history and sixth Patriot League annals. Mankus averaged a Patriot League-best 3.67 kills per set as a senior.

Mankus' defense was equally as impressive during her four-year stay at West Point. With 1,424 career digs, she currently ranks eighth in Patriot League history and second in program history.

Army averaged nearly 22 wins per year with Mankus on the court. She helped lead the Black Knights to their first Patriot League title in 15 years as a freshman in 2009.

An Art, Philosophy and Literature major, Mankus is set to join the Engineers branch of the United States Army.

ECAC Division I Women’s Volleyball All-Stars

Name                           School             Pos.     Year
Taylor Akana          Siena           OH       Jr.
Caroline Douglas     Liberty         OH       Fr.
Kari Honomichl        Niagara        OH       Sr.
Ndidi Ibe                UMES            MH      Sr.
Ariana Mankus           Army               OH      Sr.

Shelbey Manthorpe   Seton Hall    S          So.
Lydia Rudnick          Princeton      OH       Sr.

Offensive Player of the Year: Ariana Mankus, OH, Army
Rookie of the Year:
Melissa Rigo, OH, Stony Brook

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