PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Jan. 25, 2013) – Senior Stephanie Zielinski (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), who finished her final season with the Rutgers volleyball program, has been named the school’s New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (NJAIAW) Woman of the Year.
Zielinski received the award based on commitment and success in four areas – athletic achievement, academic achievement, leadership and community service. She will be honored at a luncheon at Seton Hall University in the Richie Regan Recreation Center on Sunday, Jan. 27.
On the court, Zielinski recorded 21 double-doubles in 2012, tallying 50 or more helpers 12 times. Zielinski finished the campaign with 1,342 assists and 4,255 for her career, both second on Rutgers’ all-time lists. She moved into eighth on the single-season digs list with 351 this season and finished the year fifth in the program’s history with 1,129 for her career. Her 11.28 assists per set ranked second in the conference. She also earned BIG EAST Player of the Week honors (Sept. 17) and was named to the conference’s Weekly Honor Roll three times (Oct. 22, Oct. 15 and Sept. 3). The setter was also named the Rutgers Invitational MVP.
In the classroom, the senior has a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.367, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Linguistics. She earned Dean’s List recognition for fall 2010, fall 2011 and spring 2011. She was also named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team in both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. As a leader, the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., native was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for three years and was elected to the SAAC Executive Board in the spring of 2012. She was Rutgers’ lone representative to the BIG EAST SAAC.
Zielinski also did a lot of work in the community, volunteering in numerous efforts including: Big Chill Toy Drive, City of New Brunswick Tree Lighting Ceremony, Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen, Believe Bowl and Read Across American at McKinley Elementary School. She was also responsible for recruiting volunteers, coordinating youth activities and organizing fundraising activities for the second annual “Believe Bowl” in 2012, an event of the Eric LeGrand Believe Fund.
The NJAIAW awards program allows every two-year and four-year college or university in New Jersey, as well as every high school in the state, select a Woman of the Year from its school.
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