HOUSTON – Senior outside hitter Leah Mikesky was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I First Team, the organization announced on Thursday.
Mikesky joins Amy Boswell of BYU, who was also named the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year, Aubrey Edie of Mississippi, Kadie Rolfzen of Nebraska, Paige Tapp of Minnesota and Teegan Van Gunst of Georgia Tech on the first team.
Mikesky, who has earned a 4.01 GPA to date in her kinesiology major, is the first Owl to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honors since Jessica Boulavsky in 2009. She previously earned CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team honors in 2015, but this is Mikesky’s first CoSIDA Academic All-America First-Team selection.
Earlier this year Mikesky was named to her third consecutive Conference USA All-Academic Team and was selected to the District 7 CoSIDA Academic All-District team, which made her eligible to be named a CoSIDA All-American.
To be nominated, players must have at least a 3.30 GPA and is an important starter or reserve for her team, be at least a sophomore in academic standing and have participated in at least 50 percent of her team’s matches.
Mikesky was named to Conference USA Second Team after ranking third in the league with 15 double-doubles. She was second on the Owls in total kills (368-8th C-USA), kills per set (3.12) and total points (398.5) and third on the team in total digs (318) and digs per set (2.69).
To view the complete list of academic All-Americans, view the release on the CoSIDA website.