AUSTIN, Texas -- Heidelberg University volleyball setter Karlie DiRuzza has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division III Volleyball Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
DiRuzza, a junior health science major from Massillon, Ohio, is the 22nd Academic All-American in school history -- coming one week after football's Stephen Smith earned the honor.
"Karlie is very deserving of this honor. She has always been very focused on her academics, so it is great to see her receive this recognition," said Head Coach Jason Miller. "Karlie is a lead-by-example type of scholar-athlete, and I think the girls on the team have taken notice."
In her first year as a starter, DiRuzza masterfully directed the Heidelberg offense. As a result, the team won the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Regionals.
DiRuzza had 1,315 assists, the fifth-most in a single season in school history. She earned All-OAC honorable mention honors.
With the honor, another medallion will be placed on the Adams Academic All-American Plaza outside of Heidelberg's Hoernemann Stadium. Three other Heidelberg volleyball players have earned Academic All-American status, including Brittany Donelan '11, who was named CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year in 2010.
The Adams Academic All-American Plaza, made possible through a generous gift from the John Q. and Patricia Adams Foundation, was rededicated in early November.
The CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2015-16 Division III Academic All-America® teams program.