Gina Schmidt Named To Verizon Academic All-America Team

Dec. 13, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn. - Oregon State's Gina Schmidt was one of 19 athletes named to the 2001 Verizon Academic All-America Volleyball Team, which was announced Thursday. Schmidt was one of six first team honorees.

Schmidt, a senior outside hitter from Beaverlodge, Alberta, repeats as a first team selection after earning the same distinction as a junior a year ago. She has a 4.00 grade point average as a business major.

She earned honorable mention All-Pacific-10 accolades this year and helped OSU earn a spot in the NCAA tournament for just the second time in school history. She led the Beavers with 385 kills, which ranks 10th on the OSU single-season list, and she was seventh in the Pac-10 with 3.77 kills per game this season. She also led the team with 346 digs and was third in the league with 3.39 digs per game.

Schmidt was also a first team Pac-10 All-Academic selection and a first team Verizon District VIII All-Academic honoree this year after earning first team honors on both squads last year as well.

Twenty-two OSU athletes in 10 sports have combined to earn Academic All-American honors a total of 33 times since the program began in 1952.Schmidt is the 10th OSU athlete to earn first team recognition and the fourth to earn first team honors more than once. The other two-time first team recipients were Bill Enyart (football, 1967-68), Chelle Flemoe (women's basketball, 1988-89) and Margo Evashevski (golf, 1993-94).

In order to be eligible, athletes must carry a minimum 3.20 grade point average, be a starter or key reserve and be in at least their second year of competition at their current school. Athletes must be named a first team selection on the district team to be considered for the national team.

Joining Schmidt on the first team were Georgia Tech's Kyleen Bell, Arizona State's Jami Coughlin, Nebraska's Nancy Metcalf, Long Beach State's Keri Nishimoto and Texas A&M's Beth Wyland.

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