Hughes, Kalahar Named to Horizon League All-Academic Team

Aleah Hughes and Erin Kalahar (photos by David Dermer)
Aleah Hughes and Erin Kalahar (photos by David Dermer)

Youngstown State juniors Aleah Hughes and Erin Kalahar have been voted to the 2018 Horizon League Volleyball All-Academic Team, the conference announced on Tuesday.

This is the first time since the 2014 season and the second time in program history that the Penguins have had two honorees on the volleyball academic all-conference team.

Hughes is one of two players in the Horizon League to rank in the top 10 in both kills and digs per set. The Berlin Center, Ohio, native ranks ninth in kills per set with 2.70, and she ranks 10th with 3.87 digs per set. She is the only player in the league to lead her team in both kills and digs per set. Hughes' best match of the season was a 20-kill, 21-dig performance at Kent State in which she became the first Penguin since 2007 to post a 20-20 match.

In the classroom, Hughes holds a 3.89 grade-point average as an accounting major.

Kalahar ranked fourth at YSU in both kills and blocks per set as a junior. The Jackson, Mich., native posted 1.56 kills per set for the year, and she finished the campaign averaging 1.85 kills on a .252 attack percentage over the final eight matches. She added 0.57 blocks per set over her 24 matches.

Kalahar is a business administration major who carries a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Hughes and Kalahar were two of 18 student-athletes who were honored in the balloting by the Horizon League's faculty athletics representatives.

The Horizon League recognizes student-athletes with seasonal Academic All-League Teams in each of its 19 championship sports. To be eligible for Horizon League All-Academic consideration, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 or higher (based on a 4.00 scale), have completed at least one year at the member institution, having earned 24 semester-hour or 36 quarter-hour credits, and participate in 50 percent of the team's overall contests.