Mackenzie Roddy named First Team Capital One/CoSIDA

Mackenzie Roddy
Mackenzie Roddy

Northern Illinois University senior Mackenzie Roddy (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon) has been named a Capital One/College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) First Team Academic All-District honoree, the organization announced Thursday.

Roddy becomes the sixth different Huskie in program history to earn the award and the first NIU player since 2011 to earn first team recognition.

“All the athletes at NIU strive to be the best in the classroom, in competition and in the community,” said NIU head coach Ray Gooden. “Mackenzie has done that over her time at NIU and it is great to see her recognized for it in her senior year.”

Roddy has been having a career year for the Huskies in 2014.

She leads the team, ranks second in the Mid-American Conference and is 33rd nationally with 4.22 kills/set. In addition, she sits tops on the team in points with 4.77 points/set, which puts her second in the conference and 32nd in the country. Roddy also is second on the team in digs with 2.32 digs/set and has a 0.49 blocks/set average.

She has earned MAC West Division Player of the Week honors four times this season, winning the offensive award Sept. 1, Sept. 15 and Nov. 3 and taking the defensive honor Oct. 6. Roddy was also named to the all-tournament team at the NIU Invitational, Morehead State Invitational and UCSB/Cal Poly Invitational.

In the classroom, Roddy boasts a 3.94 GPA in business management. She has also been named the MAC’s Scholar-Athlete of the Week twice in 2014, earning the award on Sept. 3 and Oct. 15.

To be eligible for Academic All-District consideration, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.0 and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution. Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected in November.

The Huskies are Western Michigan to take on the Broncos at 6 p.m. today. For more information on NIU volleyball and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.

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