Stokowski will Graduate and Forgo Senior Season

Jan. 21, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Junior defensive specialist Laura Stokowski announced Thursday she intends to graduate with a degree in business in May of 2010 and forgo her senior season.

"Laura has been a great player for Kentucky volleyball and she will be missed," Kentucky coach Craig Skinner said. "For three years she has given her all to improving herself and this program. She is an impressive person, and we are excited for her that she is graduating and moving on to graduate school. There will always be a piece of her with us, and she will always be a part of the Kentucky volleyball family."

Stokowski, a three-year letterwinner for the UK volleyball team, has garnered enough credits and will earn her degree in three years this May. She has opted to not play in her final season of eligibility this fall and instead enroll in graduate school.

"I have made many wonderful memories and friends at Kentucky," Stokowski said. "I want to thank Coach Skinner and the volleyball staff for giving me an opportunity to achieve my goals of graduating from UK in three years, and contributing to the success of one of the top volleyball programs in the country. I will truly miss Kentucky, my teammates, coaches and the staff. I wish them continued success in the future."

An Aurora, Ill., native Stokowski holds a 3.44 grade point average and has twice been named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSida Academic All-District team. She is also a three-time member of the All-SEC Academic team.

Stokowski has played in nearly 100 matches in her three seasons with the Blue and White. She has charted over 500 digs in her career from her defensive specialist position. For her career she notched 12 matches with 10 or more scoops and led the team in digs on three occasions. She had a career-high 17-dig performance in a 2009 victory over Northwestern.

The junior appeared in three NCAA Tournaments and helped the Wildcats to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in her junior campaign. In three seasons, Stokowski was a member of a team that garnered a 77-21 record.

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