Cougar Volleyball Lands Seven on Pac-10 All-Academic Teams

Dec. 5, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State's Brittany Johnson and Tara West have been named to the 2007 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Volleyball All-Academic first team and five more Cougars were named to the honorable mention squad, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Wednesday.

West, a senior middle blocker from Perth, Australia, and Johnson, a junior outside hitter from Phoenix, Ariz., were two of the seven-member first team. West has a 4.00 grade point average, majoring in biological sciences, and will graduate in May 2008. Johnson has a 3.77 grade point average and is majoring in management information systems.

Last month, both West and Johnson were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII teams for University Division I Women's Volleyball. West earned first team honors and went on to be named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American national third team. Johnson was selected to the All-District VIII second team after being named to the 2006 third team.

Five Cougar volleyball student-athletes were named to the Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team: seniors Adetokunbo Faleti from Arlington, Texas (3.00, majoring in psychology and human development) and Maureen Perez from Vancouver, Wash. (3.35, majoring in English), junior Stephanie Weishaar from Camas, Wash. (3.25, majoring in sport management), and sophomores Jackie Albright from Lake Forest, Calif. (3.37, majoring in engineering) and Cassie Robbins from Yakima, Wash. (3.35, undeclared major).

'Congratulations to our seven student-athletes as well as our academic support service staff members for these Pac-10 All-Academic team honors,' Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. 'Pursuing excellence in the classroom is one of the cornerstones of our program and we are very proud of these accomplishments.'

To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average and be either a starter or a significant contributor.

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