Student and Academic Life

Leah Meyer Named to CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 12, 2019) — Kentucky Volleyball middle blocker Leah Meyer was named a 2019 First Team College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American, becoming the second UK volleyball player ever to be named a first teamer, joining Morgan Bergren in 2015.

A graduate transfer from Duke University, Meyer has a 4.0 grade-point average and is pursuing her Master in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics.

The Buffalo, New York, native had one of her most impactful matches for the Wildcats this weekend, as she recorded seven blocks and had six kills on nine swings as Kentucky booked its spot in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 with a win over University of Michigan.

On the season, Meyer is averaging 2.03 kills per set, and 1.22 blocks per set, which leads the team. She has scored 301 offensive points this season for the Wildcats and has registered over 400 total attacks.

Kentucky faces off against University of Washington in the Sweet 16 on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET. The match, from Waco, Texas, can be seen live on ESPN3 and the ESPN app. 

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.