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Updated: Thursday 11/07/2013 15:38:16 (ET)
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GRAND FORKS, N.D.-- Two University of North Dakota volleyball student-athletes have been recognized for their hard work in the classroom in addition to their on-court achievements as senior Ronni Munkeby (Lisbon, N.D.) and sophomore Lauren Clarke (Naperville, Ill./Waubonsie) were each named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District® Volleyball First Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The program recognizes the nation’s top student‐athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA’s Academic All-America teams programs since 2011.

The Academic All-District® teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. Honorees are chosen from NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two‐year schools. District 6 is comprised of schools located in Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

First-team 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 later this month.

Munkeby graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 grade point average in physical education, exercise science and wellness this summer and is pursuing her graduate degree. She was a CoSIDA All-District First Team member last season and is past president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at UND. She was named the 2012-13 UND Female Athlete of the Year (among all varsity sports) and was the 2011-12 recipient of the UND Female Sioux Service Award, volunteering for several organizations.

She recently became the 15th player in UND history to notch 1,000 kills and is third in the Big Sky Conference in hitting this season (.327). She leads North Dakota with 377 total points and 303 kills going into this weekend's action.

Clarke, a 4.0 student in chemical engineering, has played in every set in her two seasons and already ranks among the school's all-time leaders in digs (931) in just her sophomore season. UND's starting libero ranks fourth in the Big Sky Conference in digs this year. She tallied 518 digs as a freshman, fourth-most in a season in school history and most by a freshman.

The duo has helped North Dakota to an 18-8 overall record thus far and a league-leading 13-1 Big Sky Conference mark. UND will play four of its final six regular season matches at home beginning Friday with a rivalry match against Northern Colorado.

District 6 Winners                                                                             
NCAA Division I                

Shelby Kintzel, Northern Iowa Sr. Mount Vernon, Iowa  4.0 Elem. Ed.,Math, Literacy Ed.
Lauren Clarke, North Dakota So. Naperville, Ill. 4.0 Chemical Engineering
Edina Begic, Arkansas-Little Rock Jr. Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina 3.82 International Business
Kaitlyn Hastings, South Dakota So. New Berlin, Wis. 4.0 Biology
Kaitlin Jaeger, Missouri State Jr. Webb City, Mo. 3.91 Political Science
Macy Ubben, Northern Iowa Sr. Ackley, Iowa  3.93 Biology and Biochemistry 
Elizabeth Koberstein, Marquette Sr. Madison, Wis. 3.77 Nursing
Veronica Munkeby, North Dakota Gr. Lisbon, N.D. 4.0 General Grad.
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