The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Wednesday (June 4) that Lewis University's BJ Boldog (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) and Armand Levandi (Tallinn, Estonia/Audentese Spordigumnaasiumi) both earned 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Men's Division II At-Large Team honors.
Boldog (men's volleyball) was named to the first team, while Levandi (men's tennis) claimed third team accolades. Boldog is the eighth Lewis student-athlete in school-history to be named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team.
A redshirt senior setter on the men's volleyball team, Boldog collected a 3.8 cumulative grade point average as an undergrad to earn the award. Levandi, the 2014 Great Lakes Valley Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Year, owned a 3.62 GPA in business administration, following the Fall 2013 semester.
Boldog, who guided the Flyers to an at-large bid to the 2014 NCAA Men's Volleyball Tournament, finished his career with a school-record 4,385 total assists during the rally-scoring era. He was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Second Team, All-Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) First Team and All-MIVA Tournament Team for the third straight season this year. A 2013 Academic All-America Third Team selection, Boldog is also a five-time recipient of Lewis' Br. David Delahanty Award for academic excellence among student-athletes as well as an Academic All-MIVA honoree.
"To see BJ get recognized as an Academic All-America First Team selection to conclude his career is a great honor," Lewis head men's volleyball coach Dan Friend said. "BJ has an unbelievable work ethic that he brought to the table every day and made our program and his teammates better on and off the court."
Levandi finished the 2013-14 campaign with a record of 26-2 in singles play and a combined 16-7 in doubles action en route to ITA All-America status. The Estonian native won the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Singles Championship and finished fourth overall at the USTA/ITA National Small College Singles Championship en route to his No. 10 national ranking in singles play. He is a two-time Delahanty Award recipient and Academic All-GLVC honoree.
"I'm so proud of Armand because he works so hard to excel at everything he does," Lewis head men's tennis coach Brett Bridel said. "He is an excellent representative of Lewis University and our mission in Flyer Athletics."
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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