KSU's Piedimonte Named CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America

KENNESAW, Ga. – After having a tremendous career on and off the court at Kennesaw State, Kristi Piedimonte has been named CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America® by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Monday, December 11.
 
Piedimonte holds a 4.0 GPA as a nursing major and will be graduating a semester early this December.
 
She is the first Kennesaw State student-athlete ever to be named a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America member.
 
"Wow. I'm just so grateful for this award and incredibly grateful to be an Owl," Piedimonte said. "It always feels good to be recognized for academic work that I consider an expectation of myself, but I am more proud of this team, the season we had and the work we've put in together. Obviously, I don't get this recognition without the sweat and dedication of each and every member of this program. Our staff not only challenged us on the court, but they also encourage us as young women to flourish into mature and professional human beings by setting standards of success in all aspects of life. Kennesaw State has been a dream and I am so, so, so thankful to have been a part of this journey."
 
Of the 21 members of the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I volleyball team, 18 have at least a 3.90 GPA, with 14 student-athletes sporting a perfect 4.0 GPA. The seven members of the first team have an average GPA of 3.98.
 
"The immense amount of pride and joy that we feel for Kristi to earn this honor is off the charts," head coach Keith Schunzel said. "It cannot be overstated how huge of a deal this is for Kristi to be named the first ever Kennesaw State athlete to be named CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America. Kristi is potentially the most driven student-athlete, on and off the court, that I have ever been around and the amount of success that follows her reflects that. All of our team's great accomplishments during her career and all of her individual awards have been extremely hard earned, and she deserves every single honor that she's receiving. I am so proud and happy for her and for Kennesaw State."
 
Piedimonte capped off a tremendous career her senior season by helping lead the Owls to their first NCAA Tournament. Kennesaw State had its best season in program history going 21-5 and 13-1 in ASUN play. The Owls won their first ASUN Tournament and their second straight ASUN Regular Season Championship.
 
She was named ASUN Setter and Scholar of the Year after finishing the season with 901 assists averaging 10.60 per set. Piedimonte also led the team with 24 service aces on the season.
 
Piedimonte will graduate a semester early and has a nursing job with Kennestone Traumu ICU beginning this spring.

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