Jami Coughlin And Julia Leddy Earn Academic All-District Awards

Nov. 16, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State Sun Devil volleyball players Jami Coughlin and Julia Leddy were named to the 2001 Verizon Academic All-District VIII team Thursday.

Coughlin was selected to the team for the third consecutive year and second in a row as a first-team pick. The 2000 University Division Academic All-American and two-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection has a perfect 4.0 GPA in Special Education. Coughlin (Glendale, Ariz.) is ASU's top player on the court this season, leading the squad with 3.72 kills per game and is the Pac-10 leader with 3.96 digs per game. Coughlin, ASU's lone senior on the court this year, is currently second in ASU history and seventh in Pac-10 history with 1,467 career digs. She is also ranked sixth in ASU history with 1,320 career kills. The outside hitter is also leading the team with 0.34 service aces per game and recently recorded 30 digs vs. Washington (11/10) for the best defensive performance in the Pac-10 this year and the 10th best in ASU volleyball history.

Leddy, a junior middle blocker from Mesa, Ariz., is ASU's leading hitter with a .335 hitting percentage. Carrying a 3.82 GPA in Secondary Education, Leddy was also second-team All-Pac-10 Academic selection last year. The junior is averaging 2.80 kills per game in 2001 to rank third on the ASU squad and is second on the team with 0.79 blocks per game. Leddy had a career-best match earlier this season, tallying an ASU season best 23 kills vs. Washington (10/12).

The academic awards earned by Coughlin and Leddy continue an academic legacy that has seen ASU become one of the most decorated programs in the Pac-10. Dating back to 1986, ASU has earned 24 all-academic awards, second only to Stanford who has earned 25 during the same period. The 2001 Pac-10 All-Academic team will be announced in the next two weeks.

In order to be named to the Academic teams both Coughlin and Leddy were announced to, student-athletes must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), must be a starter or important reserve and be in at least their second season of competition at their current school.

The seven first team members are now on the National Verizon Women's Volleyball Academic All-America ballot. First, second and third team national winners will be announced on Monday, Dec. 10, 2001. A total of 66 eligible student-athletes were nominated by 28 different schools on the District VIII ballot. Members of CoSIDA (Sports Information Directors of America) in the states of California, Hawai'i, Alaska, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Utah were responsible for voting. Pac-10 member schools dominated the 2001 team, representing nine of the 18 student-athletes on this year's team.

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