Volleyball's Paige Benjamin Tabed Pac-10 All-Academic

Nov. 21, 2002

SEATTLE --Washington senior outside hitter Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic Volleyball team, announced today by Commissioner Tom Hanson. Juniors Kara Bjorklund (Olympia, Wash.) and Libba Lawrence (West Linn, Ore.) were named to the honorable mention team. To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have had a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.

Benjamin has maintained a 3.84 grade point average in accounting and was recently honored as a first team Verizon Academic All-District VIII pick. Her 5.13 kills per game average ranks 21st in the nation and is second in the Pac-10. Benjamin's 5.66 points per game ranks fourth in the conference and her .331 hitting percentage ranks sixth. Earlier this season, Benjamin became just the ninth player in Husky history to join the 1,000-kill club and she now sits sixth all-time with 1,165 career kills.

The Pac-10 All-Academic award is the third for Benjamin who was a first team selection in 2001 and 2000. She is joined on the first team with six other players including: Laura Collins (OSU), Lauren Fendrick (UCLA), Julia Leddy (ASU), Sara McGee (Stanford), Lindsay Murphy (ORE) and Ogonna Nnamani (Stanford).

Bjorklund, was an honorable mention selection for her 3.01 grade-point average in communications. She has been a spark plug for the Huskies off the bench, chipping in 2.04 kpg and 1.04 dpg with a team-high .377 hitting percentage.

Lawrence was also an honorable mention pick for the second consecutive year. A communications major, Lawrence boasts a 3.49 grade-point average and ranks fifth on the team with 1.24 dpg.

The Huskies are in action tonight as they take on Oregon State at 7 p.m. in Corvallis.

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