TIFFIN -- Heidelberg University volleyball player Karlie DiRuzza and football player Tyler Hunter were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District teams, as announced on Thursday. Both players will now move on to the national ballot.
This marks the 13th time a volleyball player has been named to the All-District team. It is the second time that DiRuzza -- 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-American -- has been chosen to the team. Hunter's selection marks the 16th time a football player has earned the honor.
DiRuzza, a health sciences major from Massillon, has dished up the offense for the Student Princes this season. The senior has recorded over 1,000 assists for the second straight season and leads the OAC with 10.73 assists per set.
Hunter, also a health sciences major, is a key offensive lineman on the football team. The Tipp City native has done well this season switching from the center role to the guard position. Hunter has started in 18 consecutive contests, dating back to 2015.
To be selected Academic All-District, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve with at least a 3.30 grade point average. CoSIDA members within a district vote for the Academic All-District teams with members of the CoSIDA Academic All-American committee voting on the national ballot. CoSIDA -- the College Sports Information Directors of America -- began the Academic All-America program in 1952.