Dec. 1, 2005
Santa Clara, Calif. - Santa Clara volleyball student-athlete Anna Cmaylo was honored recently as the November recipient of the Comcast Community All-Star Award.
The award, which is presented monthly during the academic year by Comcast, was introduced in January to spotlight the positive contributions that SCU student-athletes make in the local community. Bronco rower Justin Ungson was the recipient of the first award of the 2005-06 academic year, handed out in October.
Comcast representative Annie Fung presented Cmaylo with a plaque at the Santa Clara-Saint Mary's volleyball match on November 18 at the Leavey Center. The 6-4 sophomore tallied a team-leading 17 kills and one block in that contest.
A native of Napa, Calif., Cmaylo took time out of her busy schedule to coach for Vision Volleyball Club. Along with teammate Kristen Luxton, Cmaylo taught a group of 13 year old girls the game of volleyball and traveled with them twice a month to various volleyball tournaments around California. Through her efforts and hard work, Cmaylo became a strong and positive role model to the girls, as many of them aspired to play volleyball in college. Last spring, Cmaylo also volunteered at a homeless women's shelter in downtown San Jose. Twice a week, Cmaylo would teach basic life skills to women at the shelter, ranging from how to cook to using a computer. In addition, she would assist them in finding jobs or apartments to live in once leaving the shelter.
Cmaylo has been a two-year starter for the 15th-ranked Santa Clara volleyball team and is having her best season to date. Among one of the top attackers in the West Coast Conference, she was recently named to the All-WCC First Team after averaging 3.24 kills and 1.25 blocks per game while hitting at a .367 clip. Cmaylo is an undeclared major in the Arts & Sciences College and was recently named the Applebee's Scholar Athlete of the Week.
Santa Clara qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the eighth consecutive season last Sunday and will open up in the first round against Sacramento State at Maples Pavilion on the campus of Stanford University. Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m.