ESPN The Magazine Names Academic All-America® Volleyball Team

Dec. 2, 2004

Senior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani of Stanford University and senior setter Carli Dale of Juniata College head the 2004 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America® Women's Volleyball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Nnamani, a four-time All-Pac 10 selection, was named the Academic All-America of the Year for the university division while Dale, the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III National Player of the Year, received the honor for the college division.

It's the second major honor of the week for Nnamami, who was named the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year on Monday. The native of Normal, Ill. led the Pac-10 in kills (5.88 per game) and points (6.55 average) while posting the league's sixth best attack percentage (.343). She has posted a Stanford single-season record 658 kills, has registered 59 straight double-doubles and owns the conference records for career kills (2,285) and attacks (5,164).

Nnamani, a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic team, was previously selected to the Academic All-America third team in both 2002 and 2003. She's compiled a 3.44 grade point average as a human biology major.

Nnamani and Dale are two of the seven first-team selections who led their team to an appearance in the 2004 NCAA playoffs. The Division I tournament, which begins this weekend, also includes Emily Adams of Southern California and Catherine DuPont of Rice. Kim Rementer of Salisbury, Jamie Stark of Central College and Jessica Walden of Concordia-Moorhead were members of teams that competed in the Division III playoffs.

Five of the six first-team selections in the university division, including Nnamani, have earned Academic All-America honors previously. Adams and Cincinnati's Julie DuPont were both second-team honorees in 2003, and Catherine DuPont and Gerth were members of the 2003 third team.

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.

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