Ten Pac-10 Women's Volleyball Players Earn Academic All-District Honors
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Ten Pac-10 women's volleyball players were named to the CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District VIII teams as announced Thursday. STANFORD's Stephanie Browne, Alix Klineman and Cassidy Lichtman, OREGON's Katherine Fischer and OREGON STATE's Jill Sawatzky earned first team honors. ARIZONA's Paige Weber was named to the second team. Stanford's Gabi Ailes, ARIZONA STATE's Cat Highmark, Oregon's Kellie Kawasaki and CALIFORNIA's Carli Lloyd are members of the third team. Members of the first team are now eligible for Academic All-America honors.
Browne carries a 3.93 GPA in political science. The junior middle blocker/outside hitter leads the Cardinal with 1.14 blocks per set.
Klineman maintains a 3.53 GPA in art. She is also a 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award finalist. The senior outside hitter is second in the NCAA with 5.64 kills per set.
Lichtman, a senior outside hitter/setter, has a 3.63 in political science. She leads Stanford in assists with 8.67 assists per set.
Fischer carries a perfect 4.0 GPA in pre-business administration. The sophomore outside hitter is averaging 3.44 kills per set for the Ducks, ranking second on the squad.
Sawatzky is a business administration and marketing major with a 3.96 GPA. The senior outside hitter is currently fourth all-time on the Beavers' career kills list with 1,393. Sawatzky is only the second Oregon State player to be named to the first team.
Weber, a senior setter, maintains a 3.88 GPA in business accounting. She is third among active Pac-10 players with 4,620 career assists.
Ailes, carries a 3.39 GPA in communication. The senior libero is seventh on the all-time Pac-10 list with 1,955 digs in her career thus far.
Highmark, a junior setter, boasts a 3.90 GPA in interdisciplinary studies. She is tallying 10.60 assists per set for the Sun Devils.
Kawasaki is a general science major with a 3.72 GPA. The sophomore libero averages 2.06 digs per set.
Lloyd, another 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award finalist, carries a 3.54 in social welfare. The senior setter leads active Pac-10 players in career assists with 5,215 and total blocks with 345.
The five first-team honorees will go on the national ballot to determine Academic All-America teams.