Four Volleyball Student-Atheltes Named To ESPN <i>The Magazine</i> Academic All-District Team

Nov. 7, 2009

Four members of the Stanford women's volleyball team have been selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District teams, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Junior Alix Klineman earned first-team honors and will appear on the ballot for 2009 Academic All-America honors.

Senior Janet Okogbaa, junior Cassidy Lichtman and sophomore Stephanie Browne all garnered second-team accolades for the Cardinal. It is the first time since the 2003 season that Stanford placed multiple players on the All-District teams.

Klineman is an art major at Stanford with a 3.53 GPA. The Manhattan Beach, Calif., native leads the team and is currently sixth in the Pac-10 with 3.96 kills per set and 4.59 points per set. During her first two seasons with the Cardinal, Klineman has helped lead Stanford to back-to-back Pac-10 titles and appearances in the NCAA championship match. She is third on the squad with six double-doubles and earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors earlier this year.

Okogbaa, a 2008 Pac-10 All-Academic Second-Team honoree, is a human biology major with a 3.70 GPA and is on track to graduate this spring. The senior, who hails from Tampa, Fla., is first on the team and is among the conference leaders with a .379 hitting percentage and 1.33 blocks per set. Both of those marks also rank in the top-25 nationally. Her .842 attack percentage versus Texas-San Antonio is currently stands as the highest mark by a Pac-10 player this season.

Lichtman is a political science major at Stanford with a 3.63 GPA. The Poway, Calif., native already has 15 double-doubles on the season, including seven triple-doubles. She has posted career-best marks in kills (23), attempts (55), digs (18) and hitting percentage (.600) this season. The junior is second on the team in kills, assists, digs and points.

Browne, a political science major with a 3.88 GPA, has been inserted into the starting line-up 14 times this season. The sophomore, a native of Danville, Calif., is third on the team in blocks and fourth in both kills and points. She recorded a career-high 12 kills versus Denver during the opening weekend of the season and has tallied a career-best five blocks on three separate occasions.

A 2008 Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention selection, Klineman joins Washington's Jill Collymore and Washington State's Jackie Albright as the three Pac-10 representatives on this year's University Division District 8 First Team.

To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or significant contributor with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for her career and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing.

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