Volleyball's Paige Benjamin Earns Verizon Academic All-America Second Team Honors

Dec. 5, 2002

SEATTLE - Senior outside hitter Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) was named to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-American second team today, as announced by Verizon and the College Sports Information Directors of America. To be eligible, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00.

Benjamin is one of thirty-nine volleyball players selected to this year's national team, which has a combined grade point average of 3.93. Since the program's inception in 1952, over 12,000 student-athletes have been honored with the award.

The honor marks the fourth for Benjamin this season, including Pac-10 All-Academic first team, Verizon Academic All-District first team and first team Pac-10 All-Conference. She leads the Huskies with a 3.84 grade point average and ranks second in the conference with 5.24 kills per game and 5.78 points per game. Earlier this season, Benjamin became just the 10th player in Husky history to join the 1,000 kill club and now sits in the No. 5 spot on the all-time charts with 1,247 career kills. Her 533 kills this season ranks second on the Washington list and Benjamin needs just 14 more kills to surpass current record holder Angela Bransom (1993-96).

Benjamin was one of three athletes to represent the Pac-10 on the Academic All-America team, including UCLA's Lauren Fendrick (first team) and Stanford's Ogonna Nnamani (third team).

Tonight, Benjamin and the Huskies will play in the first round of the NCAA tournament against Colorado State in Honolulu. Game time is set for 5 p.m. (7 p.m. PST). The winner of the match will face the winner of tonight's Hawaii/ Western Kentucky match on Friday at 7 p.m. (9 p.m. PST).

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