Two Volleyball Players Earn Academic District VIII Honors

Nov. 15, 2001

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Oregon State volleyball players Gina Schmidt and Katrina Nelson were among the athletes named to the Verizon Academic District VIII volleyball team, which was announced Thursday.

Schmidt earned first team honors for the second consecutive season, while Nelson earned third team recognition in her first year on the all-district team.

Schmidt carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average in business, while Nelson has a 3.60 grade point average in pre-education.

A senior outside hitter, Schmidt leads OSU with 326 kills and 286 digs, ranking third in the Pacific-10 with 3.36 digs per game and eighth with 3.84 kills per game. She has had double-figure kills in 19 matches, with 10-plus digs in 16 matches.

After earning first team honors, she will be placed on the national ballot for a chance to be named an Academic All-America. She was named a first team Academic All-America as a junior to become the first OSU volleyball player to earn Academic All-America status.

Nelson, a junior middle blocker, ranks third on the OSU squad with 177 kills (2.27 kpg) and is second on the team with 58 blocks (0.74 bpg). Her hitting percentage of .322 is second on the team and currently stands fifth on OSU's single-season hitting percentage list. She has had double-figure kills in eight matches this season.

Oregon State was one of only four schools to have two athletes named to the various teams, which include a total of 18 athletes.

In order to be eligible, an athlete must be at least a sophomore, carry a minimum of a 3.20 grade point average and must be a starter or significant reserve. A total of 66 athletes from 28 schools were nominated for the district team.

The team is voted on by members of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) in District VIII, which includes Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Idaho, Alaska, Utah and British Columbia.

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