Six Volleyball Players Earn Pac-10 All-Academic Honors

Nov. 26, 2001

SEATTLE - For the second straight year, Washington outside hitter Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) has been named to the 2001 Pac-10 All-Academic volleyball first team. Two Husky players, seniors Allison Richardson (Hemet, Calif.) and Lisa Underhill (Vista, Calif.), also earned spots on the second team, while three others received honorable mention honors, the Pac-10 office announced Monday.

Benjamin, who owns a 3.88 cumulative grade-point average in accounting, was second on the team in kills in 2001, averaging 2.90 per game, while hitting .293 with 0.91 blocks per game. The honor is Benjamin's second such award of the season, after making her second consecutive appearance on the Verizon Academic All-District VIII second team.

Underhill is also making her second straight appearance on the all-conference second team, after receiving honorable mention honors as a sophomore in 1999. The 6-3 senior finished her Husky career a week ago, with a team-best .338 hitting percentage and 1.19 blocks per game.

Richardson, meanwhile, capped her phenomenal senior season with her first showing on the second team, after two straight appearances as an honorable mention selection in both 1999 and 2000. The 6-1 outside hitter led the Huskies in kills, aces, digs and points, while reaching double-figures in kills in 23 of 26 matches.

UW senior Britni Churnside (Eugene, Ore.), junior Elissa Ross (Spokane, Wash.) and sophomore Libba Lawrence (West Linn, Ore.) also were acknowledged as honorable mention selections in 2001.

Washington's three combined selections on the first and second teams were the most of any Pac-10 school.

2001 Pac-10 All-Academic Women's Volleyball Teams

First Team
Paige Benjamin, WASH................. Jr............ 3.88............Accounting
Jami Coughlin, ASU....................... Sr........... 4.00............Education
Lauren Fendrick, UCLA..................Jr............ 3.94............Pre-Cognitive Science
Julia Leddy, ASU........................... Jr............ 3.82............Secondary Education
Sara Sandrik, STAN......................Sr........... 3.68............American Studies
Gina Schmidt, OSU........................Sr........... 4.00............Business

Second Team
Sydney Chute, ORE........................Jr............ 3.66............English
Sara McGee, STAN........................ So........... 3.69............Undeclared
Allison Richardson, WASH........... Sr........... 3.43............Psychology and Speech Communications
Lisa Rutledge, ARIZ...................... Jr............ 3.45............Psychology
Jill Talbot, ARIZ............................Sr........... 3.42............Sociology
Lisa Underhill, WASH..................Sr........... 3.46............Nursing

Honorable Mention (UW only)
Britni Churnside, Sr., WASH, Libba Lawrence, So., WASH, Elissa Ross, Jr., WASH

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