On this week's show Rich DeMarco talks with volleyball head coach Alma Kovaci. Senior Andrew Rodriguez is featured, while fans are also taken to the NCAA Tournament selection show with the women's soccer team.
Milestones: One of three seniors selected to share the team captaincy - first tri-captains in school history ... Patriot League first-team pick as a defender in 2010 ... earned conference weekly defensive honors first week in October ... one of 11 student-athletes named to the Patriot League's inaugural all-academic team last fall ... twice named to league's academic honor roll ... Scholar All-East Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) with her selection to the third team in April ... chosen for Army's 25th-year anniversary team ... named to three all-tournament teams in 2008 to include Army's BAE Systems Classic, Toys for Tots Classic (hosted by Saint Louis University) and the Governor's Cup (hosted by Albany) ... has played in every game (61) since arrival at West Point the summer of 2008 ... starter in 59 games ... instrumental in Army posting 35 shutouts over the past three years including a record-setting 16 last fall that shattered the former school record 13 set in 1993 ... nominated for Lowe's Senior Class Award ... three-year letterwinner.
2010: One of just five players to draw starting duty in all 21 games ... among three Black Knights selected for Patriot League first-team honors ... equally as impressive in the classrooom with selection to the league's inaugural academic honor roll and chosen an NSCAA Scholar All-East Region ... earned conference weekly defensive honors following performance in pair of 1-0 blankings of league rival Lehigh and regional foe Penn ... assisted on winning tally against the Mountain Hawks six minutes into sudden death overtime ... also set up winning goal in 3-0 opening-round win over Marist at the Black Knight Classic that Army went on to capture ... played instrumental role in record-setting shutout mark of 16 as Army ranked No. 1 nationally in goals-against average, save and shutout percentage.
2009: Second straight year appeared in every Army game ... drew starts in 17 of 19 matches mainly as defender along with also seeing duty as a midfielder ... earned starting nod in three of first five games of season before stepping into the lead role in 14 straight games starting with the Black Knights' first-ever win over host Saint Louis on Patriots' Day (Sept. 11) ... one of just three players (to include two seniors) in starting rotation in all seven Patriot League matches ... played key role in all seven Army shutouts with two posted against conference foes Lehigh and Lafayette.
2008: One of four players (one of just two freshmen) in starting lineup for all 21 games ... considered best marker in league by staff ... named to three all-tournament teams during regular season with selection to Army's BAE Systems Classic, the Toys for Tots Classic and the Governor's Cup ... Black Knights blanked both opponents en route to winning the team title at Saint Louis (Toys for Tots) Tournament ... helped Army string together seven-game shutout streak (last six in league play) and nine over 11-game span.
High School: National Christian Schools Athletic Association first team All-American (2006-07) and four-time all-state player at Covenant Christian Academy ... cited twice for first team all-state honors along with earning pair of academic all-state certificates ... two-time team captain and district MVP ... scored 75 goals along with dishing off 38 assists during junior and senior campaigns, while compiling 109 goals along with 58 assists during her high school career ... four-time first team all-district pick and Christian Athlete of the Year finalist ... led club soccer teams to three state tournaments.
Personal: Given name is Julia Lynn Stallard ... parents' names are Steve and Jill Stallard ... paternal grandfather, Alvis Stallard, retired as a captain in the U.S. Air Force ... majoring in Economics.