West Named to National Academic All-American Volleyball Third Team

Nov. 28, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University's Tara West has been named to the 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America third team for University Division Women's Volleyball as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

West, a senior middle blocker from Perth, Australia, was selected to the seven-member ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA District VIII first team earlier in the month. West has a 4.00 grade point average and is majoring in biological sciences. She lead the Cougars this season with a 1.24 blocks per game average, seventh-best in the Pacific-10 Conference, in points per game with a 3.71 average, in hitting percentage (.241), and was third on the team with 2.85 kills per game. West was named MVP of the 2007 Baden Cougar Challenge Tournament and has reached double-figure kills 15 of 32 matches this season.

To be eligible for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American honors a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), must be a significant contributor to the team, and be in at least their second season at their current school. District VIII includes schools in the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and British Columbia. The national team is selected from among the first team honorees in the eight districts. Of the three Academic All-America teams comprised of six players each, West and Cynthia Barboza of Stanford University (second team) are the only players from the Pacific-10 Conference.

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