Volleyball's Lee And Thompson Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans
Dec. 3, 2005
SEATTLE-- Washington's senior libero Candace Lee and junior setter Courtney Thompson were both named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Women's Volleyball Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Lee boasts a 3.78 grade-point average in English, while Thompson maintains a 3.52 grade-point average in Business Administration.
Lee, a 2004 All-America honorable mention selection and two-time Pac-10 All-Conference pick, leads the Huskies with 5.07 digs per game, which ranks third in the conference. She is the UW career digs leader (1,964) and ranks second on the Pac-10 all-time list. Lee anchors a defense that leads the Pac-10 with a .130 opponent hitting percentage and has held its opponents to a negative hitting percentage four times. She has recorded double figure digs in 25 of 28 matches, despite just five matches going beyond three games. Lee earns her second Academic All-America award after being a third team selection last season. She and Thompson are two of just three players to be academic and athletic All-Americans in the history of the Washington program.
Thompson, a 2004 first team All-American and two-time Pac-10 All-Conference honoree, leads the nation with 14.96 assists per game and has led Washington to the second-highest hitting percentage in the country (.347). She is the UW all-time assists leader (4,579) and ranks sixth on the Pac-10 all-time list. Thompson is third on the team with 22 aces and set a NCAA record earlier this season when she served 18 consecutive points. She was a third team Academic All-America selection last 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.ESPN the Magazine is in its first year as the exclusive corporate sponsor of the Academic All-America program.
The Huskies, who are seeded third in the NCAA Tournament, will face Colorado State tonight in the second round in Fort Collins, Colo. Washington defeated Siena last night 3-0 in the first round.
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