Courtney Thompson Named Academic All-American

Nov. 28, 2006

SEATTLE-- University of Washington senior setter Courtney Thompson was named to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Women's Volleyball Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA). Thompson picks up her third Academic All-American award with a 3.52 grade-point average in Business Administration.

Thompson becomes Washington first-ever three-time Academic All-American after earning third team honors in 2004 and second team honors last season.

Thompson, a two-time first-team All-American and three-time All-Pac-10 pick, leads the nation with 14.92 assists per game and has led Washington to the second-best hitting percentage in the country (.292). She set the Pac-10 all-time career assists record earlier this month and her 6,333 career assists rank ninth on the NCAA all-time chart. Thompson also became just the sixth person in school history to amass 1,000 career digs.

Thompson will leave UW as one of the most decorated players in program history after earning the 2005 Honda Award recognizing the nation's top female volleyball player, the 2005 National Setter of the Year, and being a finalist for the ESPY award for Top Female College Athlete.

Thompson hopes to go out on a winning note as the defending national champion Huskies open the postseason as the No. 6 seed on the road vs. Colorado State. Washington and CSU go head-to-head on Thursday at 4 p.m. (PT) in Boulder, Colo., on the campus of the Colorado Buffaloes. Colorado will host New Mexico State in the other first round match at 6 p.m. with the winners advancing to the second round match on Friday at 6 p.m.

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