Adams Named To ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team

Dec. 3, 2004

LOS ANGELES -- USC women's volleyball middle blocker Emily Adams, a three-time academic all-region selection, has been named to the 2004 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America first team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The announcement was made on Thursday, Dec. 2.

This is Adam's first national academic first-team selection. The 6-6 senior, who boasts a 3.65 grade point average as an international relations major, was named to the second team in 2003.

Five of the six first-team All-America selections in the university division, including Adams, 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. Stanford's Ogonna Nnamani earned her second first-team pick and was named the 2004 Academic Player of the Year.

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.