Amanda Burbridge And Jami Coughlin Named Academic All-Americans
Dec. 12, 2000
The duo, who were both honored as District VIII All-Americans last month, place their name among the elite for their outstanding performances in the classroom as well as on the court. Burbridge (2nd team) and Coughlin (1st team), along with sophomore Julia Leddy (2nd team) were also honored by the Pac-10 for their academic skills. Arizona State University has the second most academic all-conference selections (24) since 1986, trailing only Stanford (25). ASU and Texas-San Antonio were the only schools to place more than one member on the All-America squad.
Coughlin (Glendale, Ariz.) was named to the first team All-America squad for her impeccable 4.0 GPA in Education at ASU. The junior outside hitter also had a phenomenal year on the court in 2000, finishing second in the Pac-10 with 4.00 digs per game and became only the 11th player in school history to surpass the 1,000 kill mark in a career. Coughlin averaged 3.48 kills per game and finished with 464 digs (5th most in ASU history. Coughlin and Burbridge helped lead the Sun Devils to a 18-12 record and the school's 13th NCAA Tournament appearance. Arizona State was 9-9 in the Pac-10, tying for fifth place with Washington State.
Burbridge (Scottsdale, Ariz.) led the Sun Devils on the court with 5.55 kills per game and posted a 3.43 GPA in Sociology in the classroom. She will graduate a semester early from ASU and pursue her master's degree in Sociology. Burbridge was named to the third team Academic All-American squad. The senior outside hitter completed her ASU career ranked third in the record books with 1,597 kills and was only the second player in school history to tally 1,500 or more kills and 1,000 or more digs. Burbridge crushed the school record for kills in a season with 599 and her seven service aces in the season finale vs. Minnesota stand third in the ASU record books. She was a two-time all-Pac-10 performer on the court and was named to the all-Pacific Region team last week for her on court skills.