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Five Buffs Named Academic All-Big 12

Nov 13, 2007

IRVING, Texas  - Five Buffaloes have been named to the Academic All-Big 12 Volleyball Teams, announced today by the league offices. Seniors Therese Vinal and Kristen Karlik led CU along with juniors Alex Buth, Lauren Schaefer and sophomore Kaitlyn Burkett. Vinal and Buth were named to the first team, while Karlik, Schaefer and Burkett were named to the second team.


Members of the first team consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.


Buth was named to the first team for the third straight year. The East Grand Rapids, Mich., native is a six-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll. Buth carries a 3.365 GPA and is a business major with an emphasis in marketing. Buth was named to the 2007 Big 12 Good Works Team. This season Buth is averaging 3.04 kills, 2.39 digs and 0.70 blocks per game at right side while hitting .271.


Vinal, a Santa Clara, Calif. native, is making her second appearance on the first team. She sports a 3.469 grade point average while majoring in broadcast news. Vinal has been on every commissioner's honor roll while at CU and was named to the inaugural Big 12 Good Works Team in 2006. The defensive specialist has recorded 365 digs and averages 2.11 digs per game for her career.


This is first time Karlik, Schaefer and Burkett have been on the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team.


Karlik has been a member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll three times in her career. The Colorado Springs native joined the Buffs in 2006 after transferring from Colorado State and was the team's libero. Karlik ranks 29th all-time in career digs (484) and is third on the single season chart with 442 digs in 2006. She has seen limited time this season and will graduate in December with a degree in Psychology.


Schaefer, a middle blocker, is majoring in business with an emphasis in accounting. The Mountain View, Calif. native is a member of the commissioner's honor roll. Schaefer, who was recently sidelined, averaged 3.11 kills and 0.83 blocks per game and led the Buffs with a .360 hitting percentage which also ranks seventh in the Big 12.


Burkett, a Colorado Springs native, is majoring in pre-communications. Burkett has been a member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll once in her career. She has directed CU to a .220 attack percentage and is averaging 12.00 assists per game. Burkett has recorded 60 or more assists in five matches this season.


The Buffs (6-19, 1-16 Big 12) are back in action on Saturday, Nov. 19 against No. 12 Kansas State in Manhattan. The match time has been moved to a 6:30 p.m. start.