Many awards and goals have been achieved by our student-athletes who are living the American dream between study and sport, making this experience even more unique. We have told these stories step by step on our official Facebook and Instagram accounts, now we will recap them in this article.
Silvia Grassini had a leading role at Towson University during the Regular Season, first with 16 wins and zero losses, then winning the CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) Conference title after the play-offs. The same title was also conquered by Chiara Bosetti who won the 2019 Patriot League playing for American University (Washington D.C). Both colleges are still in the running for qualifying for the finals of the NCAA Division 1 national tournament. Rachele Rastelli and Erica Di Maulo (St. John's University, NY) are still playing in the play-off finals of the Big East Conference as well.
The season of Sara Esposito and East Tennessee State University finished a step away from triumph, losing the Southern Conference Championship in five sets, an excellent sign for the future considering the team will only be graduating two seniors following this year's season. The University of Hartford's women's volleyball team, featuring two of our athletes, Sara Gasparotto and Greta De Gasper, also finished in second place during the Regular Season and play-offs for the second consecutive year.
Rachele Mancinelli of Florida Memorial College conquered a historic victory winning the NAIA Sun Conference and sits just one step away from reaching the NAIA national championships to be held in Sioux City, Iowa the first week of December. Additionally, Xavier University of Louisiana will fly to Sioux City for the first time in team history, after winning its Conference and then qualifying for the finals. These accomplishments bring great satisfaction to Angela Egonu and coach Pat Kendrick, technical director every year at our Showcase. Margherita Marconi of Park University will also be playing for the title at the NAIA finals after winning the American Midwest Conference, and Caterina Cigarini, who is in her senior season at Missouri Baptist University, never ceases to amaze us being named to the 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-District® First Team, AMC Co-Player of the Year, and AMC First Team All-Conference.
Chiara Mottola and Giulia La Longa of Monroe College Mustangs entered the bracket of the best 16 teams in the USA competing for the NJCAA title.
Alessia Venturelli has had a great freshman campaign at the University of North Florida where her team reached the playoffs.
In NCAA Division 2, Giada Pais Marden's excellent Freshman season at Auburn University at Montgomery finished in the playoffs.
An exciting month of November for Erica Di Maulo, Vicky Giommarini, Carolina Bologna, Ester Talamazzi, and Alessandro Gentile who had their Senior Day. We celebrated this moment on our social media by sharing a phrase by Mahatma Gandhi that we believe can best represent this path accomplished by all Sportlinx360 student-athletes: "True morality consists not in following the beaten path, but in finding one's own way and courageously following it".