Volleyball's Lee And Thompson Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans
Dec. 2, 2004
SEATTLE-- Washington's junior libero Candace Lee and sophomore setter Courtney Thompson were both named to the 2004 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Women's Volleyball Third Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Lee, a Pac-10 All-Conference selection, leads the league with 5.72 digs per game, which ranks 16th in the nation. She became just the fourth player in Husky history to enter the 1,000 dig club and she set school single-season (528) and career dig records this season. Her 1,369 career digs rank 13th on the Pac-10 all-time lists. Lee has tallied double-figure digs in 22 of 24 matches and was named MVP of the Green Mill Classic. She boasts a 3.78 grade-point average in English with a minor in Italian and is an Academic All-District VIII University Division first team pick and Pac-10 All-Academic first team selection.
Thompson, also a Pac-10 All-Conference selection, leads the league with 14.80 assists per game, which ranks second in the nation. She has tallied 50 or more assists 15 times, including a career-best 78 dishes against Oregon State. Thompson received Washington's Top Dawg award and was named MVP of the Northwest Classic. She maintains a 3.63 grade-point average in Business and is an Academic All-District VIII University Division first team pick and Pac-10 All-Academic second team selection.
Lee and Thompson become Washington's second and third-ever recipients of an Academic All-America award. Paige Benjamin was a 2002 Verizon Academic All-American second team honoree.
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.
ESPN the Magazine is in its first year as the exclusive corporate sponsor of the Academic All-America program.