Hilltoppers’ Donzella is NCAA D2 Academic All-American

Hilltoppers’ Donzella is NCAA D2 Academic All-American

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. – West Liberty University senior catcher Kat Donzella is the latest Hilltopper to earn NCAA Division II Academic All-America® honors for the 2020-21 academic year. The Wheeling, W.Va. native was a first-team selection when the 2021 Academic All-America® Softball Team was announced on Wednesday afternoon.

   Selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the 2021 Academic All-America® Teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their impressive accomplishments on the field and in the classroom.

   Donzella put together one of the best seasons in West Liberty softball history in leading WLU to its second straight Mountain East Conference title and NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament berth.

   The MEC Player of the Year was an NFCA All-American and All-Region selection after putting up some astronomical numbers. Donzella finished the season ranked among the Top 5 nationally in total hits, total bases, and doubles after leading the MEC in hits, runs, doubles, extra-base hits, total bases, batting average, on-base average, and slugging percentage.

   Her academic accomplishments were even more impressive. Off the field, Donzella was the banner carrier at Commencement for the College of Liberal Arts after graduating with the highest GPA in the College. Now pursuing a graduate degree in Criminology on the hilltop, Donzella has maintained a perfect 4.00 GPA.

   Donzella is West Liberty’s third NCAA Division II Academic All-American® of the 2020-21 academic year, joining 2021 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball National Academic All-American® of the Year Dalton Bolon and NCAA Division II Football Academic All-American® Clay McDonald.

   The Hilltopper athletic department has produced at least one Academic All-American® in each of the last nine years and earned a total of 19 Academic All-America Awards since transitioning to NCAA Division II membership during the mid-1990s.


CoSIDA 2021 Academic All-America Team

NCAA Division II


Pos. Name                                          School                                                GPA                         Yr.                Major

P      Laken Chambers                    North Georgia                                 4.00                          Sr.                Middle Grades Education

P      Hallie Waters                           Indianapolis                                     3.99                          Sr.                Biology/Psychology

C      KAT DONZELLA                       WEST LIBERTY                                 3.72/4.00               GR.              CRIMINOLOGY (G)

IF     Kaitlyn Beers                           Indiana (Pa.)                                    3.80/3.66               Gr.               Criminology

IF     Jessi Case                                  Regis                                                   3.88                          Jr.                 Business Administration

IF     Bri Garber                                 West Chester                                  3.88                          Sr.                Accounting/Finance

IF     Logan Hill                                   Valdosta State                                3.97                          Sr.                Interdisciplinary Studies

IF     Hannah Marsteller                Shippensburg                                  3.67                          Jr.                 Biology (Pre-Veterinary)

OF   Kendall Cornick*                    Augustana                                        3.94                          Sr.                Biology & Psychology

OF   Morgan Hill                               Valdosta State                                3.94                          So.               Health Sciences

OF   Ruby Salzman                          West Texas A&M                           3.55                          So.               Health Sciences

DP   Alison Nowak                          Winona State                                  3.96                          Sr.                Physical Education/Health Promotion

         *-CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year


Pos. Name                                          School                                                GPA                         Yr.                Major

P      Jordan Kleman                        Winona State                                  3.84                          Sr.                Secondary Math Education

P      Ashley Mickschl                      Augustana                                        3.73                          Sr.                Education/Spanish

P      Alyssa Muller                           Adelphi                                              3.98                          Sr.                Psychology

C      Bailey Byers                             Malone                                              3.55                          Sr.                Exercise Science

IF     Talon LaClair                             Lenoir-Rhyne                                  4.00                          Sr.                Mathematics

IF     Nicole Purtell                           Shepherd                                          3.90                          Jr.                 Business Administration/Sociology

IF     Kiley Robb                                 Valdosta State                                3.91                          Sr.                Health Sciences

IF     Sarah Staudle                          Colorado Mesa                               3.92/3.87               Gr.               Sport Management

OF   Anna Alloway                          Tusculum                                          3.98                          Sr.                Elementary Education

OF   Sydney Goertzen                   Catawba                                            4.00                          Sr.                Biology

OF   Taylor Shingler                        Maryville                                           3.94                          Jr.                 Sports Business Management

DP   Ellie Smith                                 Colorado Mesa                               3.55                          Jr.                 Exercise Science



P      Abbey Busby                            Palm Beach Atlantic                      3.96                          Sr.                Exercise Science

C      KaraLynne Levi                        Carson-Newman                           3.91/4.00               Gr.               Education (UG)/Elementary Education (G)

IF     Molly Cobb                               Auburn-Montgomery                  4.00                          So.               Elementary Education

IF     Nikoma Holmen                     Grand Valley State                        3.41                          Sr.                Finance

IF     Clara Larson                             Colorado School of Mines         3.67/3.55               Gr.               Computer Science (G)

OF   Taylor Checkley                      Barry                                                   4.00                          Sr.                Pre-Professional Biology (Pre-Med)

OF   Brooke Henning                     Grand Valley State                        4.00                          Sr.                Biomedical Science

OF   Kaira Ramon                            Bridgeport                                        3.61                          Sr.                Computer Engineering

DP   Kaity Stocker                           Gannon                                             3.84                          Sr.                Criminal Justice

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