Volleyball's Paige Benjamin Earns Verizon Academic All-District Honors

Nov. 14, 2002

SEATTLE --Washington senior outside hitter Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) has been named to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-District VIII women's volleyball first team. The team is chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) from Division I volleyball teams in California, Hawaii, Alaska, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Utah.

Benjamin, who owns a 3.84 cumulative grade point average in accounting, leads the Huskies and ranks 19th nationally with 5.11 kills per game. Her 5.62 points per game and .336 hitting percentage rank third in the Pac-10. This season, Benjamin became just the ninth player in Husky history to join the 1,000-kill club and she now ranks seventh all-time at Washington with 1,118 career kills.

The Verizon Academic award is the third for Benjamin who was a second team selection in 2001 and 2000. She is joined on the first team with five other player including: Lauren Fendrick (UCLA), Brittany Hochevar (Long Beach State), Ogonna Nnamani (Stanford), Kristen O'Halloran (Cal Poly) and Janelle Ruen (Eastern Washington).

The six first team members are now on the National Verizon Women's Volleyball Academic All-America ballot. First, second and third team national winners will be announced on Thursday, December 5, 2002. A total of 80 eligible students were nominated by 32 difference schools on the District VIII ballot.

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