The team is made up of 12 student-athletes from ten schools within the district. The district consists of all NCAA Division I colleges and universities in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. To be nominated for the Verizon Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average and a starter or significant reserve on her team.
Venarchik carries a 3.747 grade point average in marketing, while helping to lead Rutgers to a 16-10 overall record this season.
This year, Venarchik has moved up in numerous categories on the Rutgers record lists, becoming one of the most prolific middle blockers to every play at the school. Entering this weekend, Venarchik is third at Rutgers in all-time block assists, with 268, and fourth in both block solos and total blocks, with 80 and 348, respectively. Last week, she tied her career-high for block assists in two consecutive matches, totaling nine against both West Virginia and St. John’s.
In BIG EAST play, Venarchik is ranked fifth in hitting percentage (.338) and sixth in blocks per game (1.24). She ranks first on the team in both categories and is second in total kills (281) and third in kills per game (2.90).
Venarchik, along with Pualani Tuyay (San Diego, CA) and Jen Hansen (Bakersfield,
CA), will be playing their final regular season and home matches at the College
Avenue Gym this weekend. The Scarlet Knights will host Georgetown on Saturday,
Nov. 16 and conclude the season with Villanova on Sunday, Nov. 17. Both matches
are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.