OXFORD, Ohio - Miami University junior setter/outside hitter Meg Riley was named to the 2013 Capital One/CoSIDA Volleyball Academic All-District V Division I First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday. It is the second straight season she has been named to the First Team.
To qualify for a CoSiDA academic award, a player must have a 3.30 GPA or better and be a significant contributor to the team. By earning first-team honors, Riley is now eligible to earn a spot on CoSIDA's Academic All-America Team that will be voted on later in November.
Riley has started all 24 matches for the RedHawks. She is second on the team with 239 kills and fourth with 187 digs. She also has 394 assists and 64 total blocks. Her versatility in being able to play both the setter and outside hitter positions has allowed her to record 14 double-doubles and one triple-double in 24 matches this season.
Riley is performing just as well in the classroom. Despite a difficult double-major of mechanical and electrical engineering, she carries a 3.96 GPA. She has been named a MAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Week twice in her career and has also was selected the Academic All-MAC team last season.
This is the third straight season that Miami has had a volleyball player selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. In addition to Riley earning the award last season, was named to the Second Team in 2011. Riley is only the fourth player in school history to be named to the First Team more than once. The last Miami player to earn Academic All-America status was Jessica Stout in 1997.
Miami hosts its final two home matches of the season this week. On Friday, the RedHawks take on Kent State at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Ohio comes to Oxford for a 5 p.m. match. Prior to that contest, seniors Madison Dodd and Madison Hardy will be honored in a pre-match ceremony.