OMAHA, Neb. – American University volleyball senior Monika Smidova has been recognized as an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Honorable Mention All-American, as announced by the organization today.
Smidova repeats as an honorable mention All-American after earning the award in 2014. She is one of six players in program history to receive the honor, and the third to earn multiple honors, joining Karla Kucerkova (2002-03) and Rubena Sukaj (2006-08).
This marks the first year that all players who earned honorable mention All-America accolades were chosen by the selection committee. Previously, players who were named to the AVCA All-Region teams automatically earned honorable mention if they did not make one of the three All-America teams.
This year's award caps off an illustrious career for Smidova, a setter from Plzen, Czech Republic. A two-time AVCA All-Region honoree, Smidova earned her second straight Patriot League Player of the Year award in 2015, while earning PL Setter of the Year and PL Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the third year in a row.
A unanimous first-team All-Patriot League selection, Smidova averaged 9.93 assists, 3.02 digs, 1.40 kills, 0.63 blocks and 0.43 service aces per set in 2015. She helped lead American to a 28-7 overall record this season, including an 18-0 mark against Patriot League competition. AU captured its 13th tournament title in 15 seasons in the Patriot League, while also scoring a significant upset in the NCAA Tournament, defeating 22nd-ranked Kentucky in straight sets.
Prior to the 2015 season, Smidova was the lone active player to earn recognition on the Patriot League 25th Anniversary Volleyball Team. She went on to end her tenure at AU ranked third in both career assists (4055) and career digs (1272) and became the first player in program history to total over 4,000 assists, 1,000 digs, 500 kills and 200 blocks.