Nov. 8, 2007
DeKalb, Ill. - Northern Illinois volleyball junior Irene Johnson (Schaumburg, Ill. / Schaumburg) received her second honor of the season today as she was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V Second Team by the members of the District V College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
"It's great," said Huskie head coach Ray Gooden. "One of the core values for Dr. Phillips is for our players to not only excel on the court, but in the classroom as well. This award is a true example of that."
In her third year at NIU, Johnson has continued to excel and progress both athletically and academically. As a family, consumer and nutrition services major with a minor in Spanish, Johnson has held a cumulative grade-point average of 3.85 through four semesters.
Johnson was also selected as the Mid-American Conference Player of the Week for the week of October 1 earlier this season when she totaled 30 kills, 24 digs and five blocks to help the Huskies win a pair of matches over Toledo and Ball State. Johnson currently ranks seventh in the MAC with a career-best average of 3.66 kills per game and has set career-highs in total kills (20 vs. Kent State, 10/19) and digs (27 vs. Eastern Michigan, 9/29) in a match.
"We're excited about the progress that Irene has made on the volleyball court," said Gooden. "We're also truly impressed with her ability to maintain a high academic standard as well as be successful on the court. That's a testament to her parents and her dedication."
Johnson joins former Huskie Marie Zidek as the only NIU volleyball players to earn such an honor. Zidek was an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Third Team honoree in 2005 as a senior.
"We're glad to have two players receive this honor over the past couple years," Gooden said. "Kirstine (Jensen) has done a great job recruiting both talented volleyball players and great student-athletes. She should be applauded for her work as a recruiting coordinator."
The Huskies are in action this weekend at Victor E. Court as they host Ball State on Friday at 7 p.m. and Toledo on Saturday at 7 p.m.