CoSIDA Announces 2003 Academic All-America Volleyball Team

Dec. 5, 2003

Stamford, Conn. - CoSIDA released today the 2003 Academic All-America Women's Volleyball Team. Stanford junior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) was honored as a third-team selection for the second consecutive year.

Nnamani is a three-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection and two-time AVCA second-team All-American. She leads the team in kills (5.37) and points (5.94) per game

'The Academic All-America program provides us with a unique opportunity to recognize and highlight the remarkable academic and athletic excellence of today's students. CoSIDA pays tribute to the phenomenal individuals that strive to be the best they can be on and off the playing field,' said Dick Lipe, Academic All-America Chairperson.

The Academic All-America Teams program honors 816 male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA, the College Sports Information Directors of America; a 2,000-member organization consisted of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Division I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.

2003 Academic All-America Women's Volleyball Team (University Division)

First Team

Jill Arganbright Northern Iowa Setter Sr. Iowa City, IA 3.97/Biology/Chemistry
Stephanie Ballard College of Charleston Outside Hitter Sr. Muncie, IN 3.97/Corporate Communications
Cassie Busse Minnesota Outside Hitter Sr. Prior Lake, MN 3.81/Family Social Sciences
Cari Jensen Kansas State Outside Hitter Sr. Fowler, CO 3.94/Kinesiology/Pre-Health
Karla Kucerkova* American Outside Hitter Sr. Olomouc, Czech Republic 3.98/Business Mgmt
Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan Pennsylvania Outside Hitter Sr. Wheaton, IL 3.95/Communications

Second Team

Emily Adams USC Middle Blocker Jr. Phoenix, AZ 3.67/International Relations
Delavane Diaz Air Force Outside Hitter Sr. Tampa, FL 3.80/Aeronautical Engineering
Julie DuPont Cincinnati Outside Hitter Jr. Muskego, WI 3.96/Communication Disorders
Lily Kahumoku Hawaii Outside Hitter Sr. Lubbock, TX 3.74/Biology
Molly O'Brien Northern Iowa Middle Blocker Sr. Parnell, IA 3.86/Physical Ed - Teaching
Anna Schrad Nebraska Outside Hitter Sr. Lincoln, NE 3.91/Exercise Science

Third Team

Isabell Anderer Marshall Outside Hitter Jr. Sinsheim, Germany 4.00/Business
Catherine DuPont Rice Outside Hitter Jr. St. Petersburg, FL 4.00/Sports Medicine/Spanish
Kele Eveland Georgia Tech Setter Sr. Grand Rapids, MI 3.76/Management
Erica Gerth Eastern Illinois Outside Hitter Jr. El Paso, IL 4.00/Health Studies
Leslie Kuhn Wisconsin-Green Bay Setter Sr. Juneau, WI 3.97/Communication Processes
Ogonna Nnamani Stanford Outside Hitter Sr. Normal, IL 3.40/Biology
Janelle Tomlinson Wisconsin-Green Bay Outside Hitter Sr. Stratford, WI 3.87/Human Biology
Heather Watts Memphis Setter Jr. Salt Lake City, UT 3.98/Exercise Science
Rebecca Wynalda Texas A&M Def. Specialist Sr. Kennendale, TX 4.00/Finance/Accounting

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