November 26, 2022

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The 2022 Academic All-District® women’s volleyball teams, selected by College Sports Communicators, recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined accomplishments on the court and in the classroom. The CSU Bakersfield volleyball team celebrated four roadrunners receiving Academic All-District honors Tuesday: Caroline Benke, Paige Calvin, Laura DePraand Hana Makonova.

Three of the four “runners” selected for the award have overcome the language barrier in front of them to demonstrate academic excellence. Benke and De Pra are originally from Brazil, while Makonova came to Bakersfield from the Czech Republic.

Benke is a senior defensive specialist with a degree in Electrical Engineering. She’s maintained a near-flawless 3.98 GPA while also serving as a staple of the CSUB backline. This season, Benke ranks fourth on the team with 162 digs.

Another member of the engineering department, Makonova, will also graduate this year while maintaining a GPA of 3.92. The middle blocker is on the verge of moving up to third in career block history in CSUB Division I, despite having only played three full seasons.

De Pra joined CSUB as a graduate this past summer, bringing with her a cumulative grade point average of 3.74. While working on a Masters in Public Administration, De Pra is also Bakersfield’s starting setter. She’s averaging 6.49 assists per set for the year and has reset career highs in almost every statistical category this season.

Finally, Calvin is also in her first semester of graduate school, having posted a 3.89 GPA on her way to earning a bachelor’s degree in communications last spring. Since joining CSUB from Sacramento State two years ago, Calvin has been Bakersfield’s starting libero and has amassed 888 digs in her career.

Academic All-District and All-America

Nominated student-athletes must meet minimum athletic requirements to be a starter or major reserve. Academically, candidates must have at least a 3.50 GPA and have been at their current institution for at least one year (an exception applies to graduate transfers).

Academic All-District® Honorees advance to the CSC Academic All-America® voting. First, second and third team Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in early December. for the football programs.

For more information on the CSC Academic All-District® and Academic All-America® Teams program, visit AcademicAllAmerica.com.

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