For those of you that don’t know, The Journal News runs a weekly college notebook, highlighting the top local college athletes, as well as any locals from the area who are playing at the college level out of our coverage area. My colleague Dan DeFrancesco (@LoHud_DeFran) does a phenomenal job staying on top of both the notebook and the @LoHudCollege Twitter feed.
This week’s notebook featured not one, but two former LoHud volleyball stars — Kristina Pelaccio of Hen Hud and Meghan King of Clarkstown North. Both girls hit career milestones last week, which is highlighted in the article:
Two former local volleyball stars, who continue to excel in the college ranks, recently reached milestones.
Oneonta senior libero Kristina Pelaccio, a Hen Hud graduate, posted her 1,000th dig while The College of New Rochelle junior outside hitter Meghan King, a Clarkstown North graduate, hit her 500th kill.
“It’s a huge deal for me,” Pelaccio said. “It was one of my personal goals within my four years here. It’s awesome that it happened, and my team was so supportive.”
Pelaccio (pictured above) wasn’t sure if she’d reach the mark in her early years with the Red Dragons. She accumulated 336 digs in her first two seasons as a defensive specialist. Named the starting libero as a junior, Pelaccio finished the 2012 season with 456 digs, and began to realize her goal of 1,000 digs was well within her reach.
“I had really big shoes to fill,” said Pelaccio of taking over the starting libero role. “It was a lot of pressure.”
This season Pelaccio is on pace to surpass last season’s dig total. As of Thursday, the senior had 285 digs and was averaging 4.32 digs per set, almost 1.5 digs better than last season’s average.
“I think knowing that I am in one of the leadership roles on the team,” said Pelaccio of the cause for her best season yet. “Knowing that I have to step it up in order for our whole team to work well.”
It wasn’t until King was told out she was about 90 kills away that she realized reaching 500 was possible.”
“I was shocked,” said King of reaching the mark. “I was like, ‘Wow, it just happened.’ ”
King was HVWAC all-conference and an AD3I second-team all-independent pick as a sophomore.
This season, in addition to leading the Blue Angles in kills (209) and kills-per-set (3.17), she is a team leader in digs (175) and second on the squad in service aces (47) and digs-per-set (2.65).
“The next goal is just to keep going, keep getting those numbers up and keep up with my stats,” King said. “Getting the team up there too.”
(Editor’s note: Pelaccio is the older sister of former Hen Hud star Jessica Pelaccio and current Hen Hud libero Lindsay Pelaccio. Jessica has teammed up with her big sister again, serving a freshman setter for Oneonta. Lindsay is currently a sophomore for the Sailors.)