CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – American University senior Monika Smidova has earned a pair of Patriot League major awards, as announced by the league on Tuesday morning. Smidova was voted as the PL Volleyball Player of the Year, as well as the PL Setter of the Year.
Other major awards went to Mariah Brantley of Lehigh, who was voted the Libero of the Year, and Army's Carolyn Bockrath, the Rookie of the Year. Meanwhile, Lehigh's Bob Bertucci was tabbed the Coach of the Year after leading the Mountain Hawks to a 14-2 mark in the Patriot League.
Smidova repeats as the Setter of the Year, joining former AU player Christina Nash as a two-time winner of the award. She is also the 10th Eagle to receive Patriot League Player of the Year honors in AU's 14-year tenure in the league.
Additionally, a total of four Eagles were honored on the All-Patriot League teams. Smidova was joined on the first team by senior Kelly McCaddin and junior Allison Cappellino, while senior Kristyna Lindovska earned second-team recognition.
Smidova, a native of Plzen, Czech Republic, earns the third all-league honor of her career and second first-team selection. This season, she has averaged 9.59 assists, 2.96 digs, 1.38 kills, 0.37 service aces and 0.33 blocks per set. A three-time PL Player of the Week in 2014, she has posted a team-leading 18 double-doubles, including a pair of triple-doubles. She ranks fourth all-time in career assists at AU with 2,863.
A West Caldwell, N.J., native, McCaddin earns her second all-league nod after being selected to the All-Patriot League second team in 2013. In addition to averaging 2.39 kills per set, McCaddin ranks second in the league in both hitting percentage (.388) and blocks per set (1.13).
With her selection to the All-Patriot League first team, Cappellino receives the first all-league honor of her career. The Penfield, N.Y., native leads the Eagles in both kills (3.15) and digs (3.50) per set this season and ranks second on the team with 14 double-doubles. She also ranks second on the team (and third in the Patriot League) in service aces per set with 0.40.
Meanwhile, Lindovska is a two-time all-league selection after being chosen to the first team in 2013. The native of Ostrava, Czech Republic, is averaging 1.92 kills and 1.0 digs per set, while ranking fifth in the league in blocks per set (0.90).
American, which posted a 24-6 overall record and 15-1 mark in the league during the regular season, will host the 2014 Patriot League Tournament this weekend, Nov. 22-23, in Bender Arena. The top-seeded Eagles will play fourth-seed Army on Saturday at 1 p.m., while second-seed Lehigh and third-seed Navy will face off at 4 p.m. The championship game will be held Sunday at 1 p.m.