12 Bison Named to the MEAC All-Academic Team

MEAC Volleyball All-Academic Team Howard Athletics Media Relations


NORFOLK, Va. (November 17, 2021) – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference unveiled its 2021 women’s volleyball all-academic team where Howard University led the way with a dozen student-athletes acknowledged for their hard work and dedication off the court. The announcement came Wednesday morning.


Among the Bison recognized included: Nina Askew (Fairfax, Va.); Busisiwe Banda (Cedar Park, Texas); Jennifer Bolden (Los Angeles); Milexa Cardona (Kissimmee, Fla.); Kayla Diaz (Nanuet, N.Y.); Ariel Finch (Los Angeles); Amari Patterson (Waukegan, Ill.); Alex Smith (New Orleans, La.); Carin Smith (Frisco, Texas); Kendall Smith (Glenview, Ill.); Tamar Wells (Apopka, Fla.) and Ana Williams (Baker, La.).


“I want to congratulate our women’s volleyball student-athletes for maintaining a 3.0 or better grade point average,” MEAC Commissioner Dr. Dennis E. Thomas said. “The ultimate goal is to develop and graduate our student-athletes to be productive citizens in our society.”


Overall, the MEAC honored 65 student-athletes from the conference’s eight institutions who achieved academic success during the 2020-21 academic year.


MEAC sophomore, junior and senior student-athletes with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average, as well as transfer student-athletes who have been in residence at the institution for at least one year, are eligible for All-Academic accolades.


To view this week’s weekly honors, please click here.


On Nov. 19-21, Howard hosts the 2021 MEAC Volleyball Championship inside Burr Gymnasium. HU serves as the No. 1 seed and will take on No. 8 South Carolina State in the Quarterfinal Rounds. Match time is set for 11 a.m.


Fans can purchase a weekend pass for $25, or $10 per day. Tickets are available at www.bisontickets.com and fans can also purchase tickets at the Burr Gymnasium box office during the event. All on-site sales will be done via credit card only.


About Howard University Athletics


The Howard University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 21 NCAA Division I men and women varsity sports. The programs represent five conferences: The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Northeast Conference (NEC), Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA), Sun Belt Conference, Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and Atlantic Sun (ASUN) Conference.


About the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference


The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) is in its 51st year of intercollegiate competition with the 2021-22 academic school year. Located in Norfolk, Va., the MEAC is made up of eight outstanding historically black institutions across the Atlantic coastline: Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Central University and South Carolina State University.


For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com and/or the MEAC website at www.MEACSports.com.

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