Malmlov, Alpough Earn ESPN Academic All-District Honors

Andy Beardsley

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Two members of the University of New Haven women’s volleyball team have been awarded ESPN Academic All-District College Division honors for their efforts on the court and in the classroom, announced Thursday by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). Senior Sara Malmlov was named to the first team, while junior Chelsey Alpough earned a selection to the third team.

Malmlov, the 2009 Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year, has once again guided the Chargers to another successful campaign. Malmlov leads the league with a 3.80 kills per set average, a feat that she accomplished last year as well. She also ranks first on the team in aces (35), second on the team in digs (278) and third on the team in assists (38). Malmlov has registered in double-digit kills 18 times this season, including a stretch of 10 consecutive matches.

Alpough, the 2009 Northeast-10 Conference Setter of the Year, has paced the league’s No. 1 ranked offense for the second straight season. Alpough leads the team with 846 assists for a 10.19 per set average, a mark that ranks her second in the NE-10. She has recorded 30 or more helpers in 18 games this year, including two matches with over 50. Against Bridgeport on September, 10, Alpough dished out 55 in a 3-1 victory, matching a career-high.

The Chargers return to action tonight with a conference showdown against Saint Anselm College. First serve is set for 7 p.m. at Charger Gymnasium.