Smidova Recognized as Patriot League Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Smidova Recognized as Patriot League Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – For the third straight year, American University volleyball player Monika Smidova has been voted as the Patriot League Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the league announced on Wednesday.

Smidova, who was also announced as the Patriot League Player of the Year and Setter of the Year, is the second player in league history to be honored as a three-time Scholar-Athlete of the Year, joining former Eagle Karla Kucerkova.

Also on Wednesday, the seven-member Academic All-Patriot League team was announced. Smidova was selected to the team, along with classmates Sarah Katz and Kristyna Lindovska.

A native of Plzen, Czech Republic, Smidova is currently pursuing her master's degree in finance after compiling a 3.84 GPA as an undergraduate business administration major. A third-team CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2014, Smidova earns Academic All-Patriot League honors for the third time.

This season, Smidova has guided American to a perfect 16-0 mark in Patriot League play, averaging 9.97 assists, 3.05 digs, 1.44 kills, 0.43 service aces and 0.65 blocks per set, along with a .348 attack percentage. She ranks fourth in career assists at AU with 3,940, while ranking third in career digs with 1,239.

Katz, a senior from Louisville, Ky., earns Academic All-Patriot League recognition honors for the second straight season. A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, Katz owns a team-best 3.93 GPA as a health promotion major. The outside hitter has averaged 2.05 kills and 2.29 digs per set for the Eagles this season.

Rounding out AU's academic honorees is Lindovska, who earns the second Academic All-Patriot League recognition of her career. A senior from Ostrava, Czech Republic, Lindovska owns a 3.59 GPA in film and media studies. A unanimous first-team All-Patriot League honoree this season, Lindovska ranks second on the team in both kills (2.50) and blocks (0.88) per set.

American, which recorded a 25-6 overall record during the regular season, will host the 2015 Patriot League Tournament this weekend, Nov. 21-22, in Bender Arena. The top-seeded Eagles will play fourth-seed Colgate on Saturday at 1 p.m., while second-seed Army West Point and third-seed Lehigh will face off at 4 p.m. The championship game will be held Sunday at 1 p.m.