Jan. 27, 2016
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Bucknell led the way as the nine Patriot League volleyball teams combined to place 79 student-athletes on the Volleyball Academic Honor Roll for their performance in the fall semester. The Bison had a League-high 14 honorees on the list, followed by Lehigh with 13 and American with 10.
All seven of the student-athletes named to the Volleyball Academic All-Patriot League squad also received a spot on the Academic Honor Roll, including American senior Business Administration major and three-time Patriot League Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year Monika Smidova.
Army junior Alexandra Bell (Mathematical Sciences) led all volleyball student-athletes with a 4.125 grade-point average in the fall, while American senior Sarah Katz (Health Promotion), Bucknell freshman Lindsey Baker (Geology), Colgate freshman Peighton McRobie (Undeclared), Lafayette freshman Meghan Donohue (Chemical Engineering), Lehigh freshman Megan Polak (Arts and Sciences), Loyola junior Kelly McShea (Speech Pathology), and Navy sophomore Rachel Fortner (Ocean Engineering) each achieved a 4.00 GPA in the fall.
Smidova and Katz are among six student-athletes to make the Academic Honor Roll in all four seasons, along with teammate Krystina Lindovska, Holy Cross’ Emily Oliver, and Lehigh’s Leah Turner and Ana Vrhel.
To be eligible for the Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average in the fall semester and participate in one of the Patriot League’s seven fall championship sports.
“Today’s Scholar-Athletes, Tomorrow’s Leaders” – The Patriot League continually demonstrates that student-athletes can excel at both academics and athletics without sacrificing its high standards. The Patriot League’s athletic success is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to its founding principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes that are academically representative of their class.