SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic volleyball star Alexandra Kwasnik was honored on Thursday as 2019 Readers' Choice for the Courier News Fall Sports Athlete of the Year. 

One of the best volleyball players in the state and in school history, Kwasnik, whose greatest strengths are her court awareness, exceptional leaping ability, and her powerful hitting, recently signed to attend the University of Cincinnati.  

A towering presence at 6-3, Kwasnik was virtually unstoppable at the net as she helped continue the tradition of excellence for the Vikings program this past season. She registered 290 kills this season, the 12th most in the state and nearly 100 more than her total of 193 last year. She also had 84 blocks, the seventh most in the state, and came up with 43 aces. 

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Kwasnik's strong season earned her a spot on the overall All-State First Team and Non-Public First Team, and she was named an Under Armour Honorable Mention All-America by the American Volleyball Coaches Association

Kwasnik was a big reason why Union Catholic finished the season with a 30-2 record, a final ranking of No. 2 in the state, the best in school history. Her play helped the Vikings capture the Union County, Union County Conference, and State Sectional titles, and earn a berth in the State Non-Public Championship match for the second straight year.