ASU Volleyball Places Five On Academic All-Pac-10 Team

Nov. 20, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Five Arizona State Volleyball players were among the student-athletes selected to the Pacific-10 All-Academic Volleyball Team, announced Wednesday from the conference office in Walnut Creek, Calif.

Senior outside hitter Kim Mehlhorn and sophomore outside hitter Sarah Watkins were first-team selections, and senior setter Cheryl Anglin and senior libero Courtney Blocher were selected to the second-team. Redshirt junior outside hitter Natalie Harris also earned honorable mention honors.

ASU led all conference schools by placing four student-athletes on the first and second team. With 34 all-time selections dating back to 1986, ASU also leads the Pac-10, with Stanford second with 31 selections. Anglin earned second-team honors for the second straight year and Mehlhorn improved from second-team honors in 2002 to first-team honors this year.

Watkins, who carries a perfect 4.0 GPA as an Education major, was also named second-team All-Academic District VIII. The Mishawaka, Ind., native is fourth on the team averaging 2.18 kills per game and is averaging 0.31 service aces per game.

Mehlhorn carries a 3.86 GPA in the classroom as a recreation major. The senior from Tempe is fifth on the team averaging 2.21 kpg and is third with 0.36 aces per game. She is also 12th among active Pac-10 players with 782 kills. She will end her career this weekend on senior night against the No. 11 Washington Huskies.

Anglin earned second-team honors with a 3.62 GPA in the highly acclaimed ASU nursing college. The senior setter from Queen Creek will end her career second in the ASU record books, currently with 4,226 career assists.

Blocher was also a second-team selection with a 3.56 GPA in Elementary Education. ASU's staring libero leads the Devils and is fourth in the Pac-10 averaging 3.57 digs per game. The Scottsdale native recently moved into the top 10 for digs in the ASU record books with 1,154 career digs.

In order to be considered for selection, a student-athlete must be in her second year of school, be a starter or significant substitute, and have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average. ASU concludes the 2003 season this weekend by hosting Washington State (Friday, 5 p.m.) and No. 11 Washington (Saturday, 7 p.m.).

All-Pac-10 Academic Selections By School:
1. Arizona State 34
2. Stanford 31
3. Washington 20
4. Oregon State 18
5. UCLA 17
USC 17
7. Arizona 16
Washington State 16
9. Oregon 11
10. California 9
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