MWC Announces Volleyball All-Academic Team

Feb. 14, 2002


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The Mountain West Conference announced the2001 Academic-All-Conference team for volleyball today. To be eligible forselection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have completed atleast one academic term at the member institution, maintain a cumulativegrade point average of 3.0 or better and be a starter or significantcontributor to the team.

Thirty-five student-athletes earned MWC academic honors in 2001, including 22repeat selections from the 2000 squad. A league-high eight of the 15 Utahvolleyball student-athletes qualified for conference academic honors, followedby Wyoming with seven. UNLV had five honorees, followed by San Diego State with four. BYU, Colorado State and New Mexico each qualified three, while Air Force landed two student-athletes on the academic list, both of which were repeat selections.

Colorado State's Angela Knopf extended her academic honors list by being named a 2001 Second-Team Verizon Academic All-American, while teammate Emily Darger was named a 2001 Second-Team Verizon Academic All-District VII selection. BYU's Nina Puikkonen earned Second-Team Verizon Academic All-District VIII honors.

Attached (see PDF) is a list of Academic All-Mountain West Conference selectionsgrouped alphabetically by school (*notes repeat selection).