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

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

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – For the second-straight season, American University volleyball player Monika Smidova has been voted as the Corvias Patriot League Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as released by the league on Wednesday.

Smidova, who was announced as the Patriot League Player of the Year and Setter of the Year on Tuesday, is the fifth player in league history to earn multiple Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.

Also on Wednesday, the seven-member Academic All-Patriot League team was announced. Smidova was selected to the team, along with fellow Eagle Sarah Katz.

A native of Plzen, Czech Republic, Smidova has compiled a 3.82 GPA in business administration, earning Capital One Academic All-District honors. Now a two-time Academic All-Patriot League honoree, she has been the Eagles' leader on the floor this season, averaging 9.59 assists, 2.96 digs, 1.38 kills, 0.37 service aces and 0.33 blocks per set. She has registered a team-best 18 double-doubles this season, including a pair of triple-doubles, and ranks fourth in career assists at AU.

Katz, a junior from Louisville, Ky., is a first-time member of the Academic All-Patriot League team. Also honored on the Capital One Academic All-District team, Katz carries a team-best 3.92 GPA as a health promotion major. The outside hitter has had a breakout season this year, ranking second for the Eagles in kills per set (2.77) and third in points per set (3.1).

American, which has compiled a 24-6 overall record this season, is back in action this weekend, Nov. 22-23, as it hosts the 2014 Patriot League Tournament. The Eagles, who earned the top seed with a 15-1 league mark, will take on fourth-seed Army in the first semifinal, scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday.