ESPN Academic All-America Honors
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Four Pac-10 women's volleyball players were named to the 2010 ESPN Academic All-America teams, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday. STANFORD's Alix Klineman was named Academic All-America of the Year and is a member of the first team along with teammate Cassidy Lichtman. Stephanie Browne of the Cardinal and OREGON's Katherine Fischer were selected to the third team.
Klineman, the 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year, is an art major with a minor in political science and carries a 3.53 GPA. A three-time AVCA All-American, the senior outside hitter earned second team Academic All-America honors last year. Klineman leads the second-ranked Cardinal and the Pac-10 in kills (5.49 kps) and points (6.18 pps) this season. The Manhattan Beach, Calif., native is the ninth player in Conference history to record over 1,900 kills.
Lichtman, a senior setter/outside hitter, maintains a 3.63 GPA in political science. The Poway, Calif., native is on track to graduate this spring with not only her undergraduate degree, but also with a master's in history. Lichtman leads Stanford with 15 double-doubles this season, including four triple-doubles. Both Lichtman and Klineman were named to the Pac-10 All-Academic second team this season.
A native of Danville, Calif., Brown holds a 3.93 GPA in political science. The junior middle blocker/outside hitter earned Pac-10 All-Academic first team honors this season after being named to the second team a year ago. Brown leads the Cardinal with 1.13 blocks per set.
Fischer is the only underclassman among the Academic All-America teams. The sophomore outside hitter was one of six players combined on the three teams to carry a 4.0 GPA. A pre-business administration major, Fischer is a first team Pac-10 All-Academic selection. She ranked third in the Conference in aces per set (0.30) and fifth in double-doubles (14).