Two Named to Academic All-America First Team

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — STANFORD senior outside hitter/middle blocker Stephanie Browne and OREGON junior outside hitter Katherine Fischer have been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I first team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday.

A graduate student in Sociology, Browne had a 3.95 G.P.A. and earned her degree in Political Science. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with University Distinction in the Spring of 2011. The Danville, Calif., native led Stanford to a 22-8 record and its 31st consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance this season. While averaging 1.23 kills per set, Browne was second on the team with 1.09 blocks per set. She is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic first-team selection. She is also a member of Stanford's Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society.

An Accounting major with a 4.02 G.P.A., Fischer is the only junior on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Volleyball first team. A native of Los Altos, Calif., Fischer was second on the team with 2.75 kills per set and 2.95 digs per set. She led the 13th-ranked Ducks to a 21-10 record, an NCAA Tournament berth and upset wins over number one-ranked Penn State and UCLA. A Pacific-12 Conference All-Academic honoree, she ranks sixth in career points at Oregon.

The six members of the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Volleyball first team have a 3.98 average G.P.A.

To be eligible for the national team, a student athlete had to have been selected to its District's first team. Initial nomination criteria at the District level includes being a starter or key reserve, maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, reaching sophomore athletic and academic standing at the current institution and be nominated by their sports information director.

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