Dec. 14, 2023

Pair named to Summit League volleyball academic team


Senior setter Kelley Johnson and senior outside hitter Ali Hinze have earned a spot on the Summit League Volleyball Academic All-League Team, the conference office announced on Thursday afternoon. 

Johnson earned the honor for the third time in her career and boasts a 4.00 GPA in biological sciences. She led the Summit League and ranked 30th in the nation with 10.48 assists per set this season. Johnson also posted 1,163 total assists to push her career total to 4,019, which ranks sixth all-time in NDSU history. The Eagan, Minnesota, native was named the Summit League Setter of the Year, earned a spot on the All-Summit League First Team and was tabbed the Summit League Scholar of the Championship for the second straight season earlier this year.

Hinze also earned the award for the second straight season and holds a 3.87 GPA in business administration. She ranked second in the Summit League in both kills per set with 3.54 and total kills with 393. Hinze recorded double digits in kills in 26-of-29 matches this season, including a streak of 15 straight in double figures. She was also named to the Summit League First Team and Summit League All-Tournament Team for the second straight season earlier this year.

To be eligible for the Academic All-League team, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 (on a 4.0 scale), completed at least one full academic year at the current institution and participated in 50 percent of their team's competitions.

Nominations are brought forth by sports information directors from the league's ten institutions and voting is conducted by both the SIDs and facility athletic representatives. The team is made up of the eight student-athletes receiving the most votes with all ties standing.

The full Summit League release can be viewed here.

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