LEXINGTON, Ky. – Patricia Gandolfo (Porto Alegre, Brazil/Missouri State – West Plains) tops off her decorated two-year career at West Florida with the highest honor among volleyball awards with an AVCA All-America third team selection. The award is a first for the senior, becoming just the second All-American in UWF volleyball history.
Gandolfo ranked nationally in blocks per set and led the Argos to the NCAA Division II South Region semifinals. She earned two AVCA All-South Region and two Daktronics All-South Region selections in her two years at West Florida, and now adds the All-America nod to her list of awards. The middle hitter was among three representatives of the entire Gulf South Conference on the All-America list alongside North Alabama’s Alison Jacobs and Sarah Roberts.
She finishes her career with seven total Gulf South Conference player of the week nods in just two years, while collecting two consecutive All-GSC first team awards. A co-captain for the Argonauts, Gandolfo led the team in kills, blocks, and aces in 2009, and finishes her careers in multiple top-ten categories in the record books. Perhaps her best record at UWF is a .312 career hitting percentage that ranks her second among all players in the program’s history.