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Laura Masciullo

School

Hofstra University

Position
Outside Hitter
Major
Mathematical business economics

Classroom

Laura Masciullo has a cumulative GPA of 3.97. She was named to the Provost’s List in Fall 2017, Spring 2017 and Fall 2016 a nd was also named to the Dean’s List in Spring 2019, Fall 2018 and Spring 2018. In 2018, Masciullo was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District I First Team and was also a 2017 Google Cloud Academic All-District I honoree. She is a member of Hofstra’s Athletic Director Scholars Academic Honor Roll and is a three-time CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll recipient. Masciullo is majoring in mathematical business economics and minoring in international business.

Character

From Head Coach Emily Mansur: “It has been my pleasure to coach Laura over these past years and watch her flourish at Hofstra as she enters her senior year. Laura joined our program in New York as a freshman from Italy with only a basic understanding of the English language and American culture. From the moment she joined our university she not only embraced our standard of excellence but she exceeded it and has raised the standard for our whole program. Laura has an extremely great work ethic in all areas of her life. This is shown by her outstanding GPA and both individual and team honors won on the volleyball court. She possess wonderful leadership capabilities, which is why she has been a captain on our team since her sophomore season. She sets a goal to achieve for herself and the people around her and puts a plan in place to help lead them there. One hidden characteristic of Laura that I admire is her desire to constantly learn and when faced with a challenge, she is willing to ask for help from those who can teach her.  She demonstrates this by her acceptance of other cultures and people on and around our community. This summer she even chose to broaden her horizons further and travel to China for a study abroad business class. Laura is a wonderful ambassador of not just our program, but of our entire university and this is because of the wonderful women.”

Masciullo is also a team captain.

Community

Masciullo has volunteered with Ruff House Rescue, where she walked the dogs at the shelter and cleaned their cages. At the Long Island Children’s Museum she helped with the Be Mine Ball where she worked on arts and craft activities with the children at the museum for Valentine’s day. With move-in day, she helped incoming first-year students and their families move their belongings into their dorm rooms for the start of the fall semester. With Yards for Yeardley she ran yards to help bring awareness to the One Love Foundation in honor of Yeardley Love and to bring awareness to help end relationship abuse.

Competition

Masciullo led Hofstra to the Colonial Athletic Association title in 2018 and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. In 2018, she was named an American Volleyball Coaches Association All-East Region honoree, a All-Colonial Athletic Association First Team member, the CAA Championship Most Outstanding Performer, a Temple Invitational All-Tournament Team member, a San Francisco/St. Mary’s All-Tournament Team member and the CAA Offensive Player of the Week on September 17 and October 1.

In 2017, Masciullo was an All-Colonial Athletic Association First Team selection. In 2016, she was the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year, an All-CAA First Team selection, a CAA All-Rookie Team honoree and the HU/SBU Invitational Most Valuable Player. She was the CAA Offensive Player of the Week on October 31 and the CAA Rookie of the Week on September 9, October 10 and October 24.

She entered her senior season ranked seventh all-time at Hofstra in kills (1,301), fourth in kills per set (3.61) and sixth in total attempts (3,432). Last season she posted a career-high of 28 kills against Columbia, and in 2016 she recorded a career-high 20 digs against Valparaiso.