Nov. 6, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – A pair of student-athletes from American University earned a spot on the Capital One Academic All-District Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Thursday.
American senior setter Monika Smidova and junior outside hitter Sarah Katz were among seven players represented on the District 2 First Team. This district is comprised of student-athletes from Division I schools in the Mid-Atlantic region.
The pair has helped the Eagles to a 21-5 overall record and a perfect 12-0 mark in the Patriot League. American clinched a spot in the 2014 Patriot League Tournament with a 3-1 win over Navy on Wednesday night.
Smidova, the reigning Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Setter of the Year in the Patriot League, is a two-time All-Patriot League honoree. A native of Plzen, Czech Republic, she currently carries a 3.82 grade point average as a business administration major.
Katz, a health promotion major from Louisville, Ky., holds a 3.92 GPA. She is currently second on the team with 2.78 kills per set and has registered double-digit kills in nine matches this season — including a career-high 18 kills against Princeton.
As first-team all-district selections, Smidova and Katz will both appear on the ballot for Capital One Academic All-America recognition, which will be released later this month.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. The Academic All-District® teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada.