Smidova Honored as GEICO AU Student-Athlete of the Week

Monika Smidova
Monika Smidova

WASHINGTON – After leading the American volleyball team to its 12th Patriot League title in 14 years, senior Monika Smidova has been selected as the GEICO AU Student-Athlete of the Week.

Smidova, who earned PL Player of the Year, Setter of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors this season, added another award to her resume when she was chosen as the Patriot League Volleyball Tournament MVP. In a pair of sweeps over Army and Lehigh, Smidova totaled 64 assists, 22 digs, seven kills and four blocks. 

The Eagles, who hosted this year's Patriot League Tournament, have been dominant against league opponents at home this season, posting a 30-0 set record against PL teams.

As the Patriot League champion, American receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship, which begins Dec. 5. The Eagles will find out their first-round opponent this Sunday during the NCAA Selection Show, which will air at 8:30 p.m. on ESPNU.