Mountain West Conference Announces 2001 Volleyball All-Academic Team

Feb. 8, 2001


The Mountain West Conference announced the 2000 Academic-All-Conference team for volleyball. To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic term at the member institution, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and be a starter or significant contributor to the team.

Thirty-seven student-athletes earned MWC academic honors in 2000, including 18 repeat selections from the 1999 squad. A league-high nine of the 16 Utah volleyball student-athletes qualified for conference academic honors, followed by Wyoming with six. Colorado State had five honorees, all of which were Academic All-MWC last season. Air Force and New Mexico each qualified four, and BYU, San Diego State and UNLV each landed three student-athletes on the academic list.

Colorado State's Angela Knopf extended her academic honors list by being named a 2000 Third Team Verizon Academic All-American, marking the first MWC volleyball student-athlete to earn national academic honors. Utah's Jen Snow-Richards and Lucie Turkov? were named 2000 Third Team Verizon Academic All-District VIII selections.

Following is a list of Academic All-Mountain West Conference selections grouped alphabetically by school (*notes repeat selection).

Name School Class GPA Major
Delavane Diaz Air Force Academy Freshman 3.94 Undeclared
Kathleen Dildy Air Force Academy Freshman 3.94 Biochemistry
Sarah Kotte Air Force Academy Sophomore 3.62 Behavioral Science-Human Factors
Abbigail Martinson Air Force Academy Freshman 3.36 Undeclared
*Melissa Layton BYU Senior 3.29 Psychology
Karina Puikkonen BYU Freshman 3.66 Undeclared
*Nina Puikkonen BYU Junior 3.43 Human Biology
*Emily Darger Colorado State Univ. Junior 4.00 Marketing/Art History
*Angela Knopf Colorado State Univ. Junior 3.72 Math Education
*Allison Peckham Colorado State Univ. Junior 3.58 Business
*Katherine Pettit Colorado State Univ. Senior 3.66 Interior Design
*Krista Swartenzendruber Colorado State Univ. Senior 3.40 Business
Amy Amundson Univ. of New Mexico Freshman 3.46 Undeclared
*Jessica Goffard Univ. of New Mexico Junior 3.47 Exercise Science
Lynzie Hayes Univ. of New Mexico Freshman 3.08 Elementary Education
*Erika Sansoni Univ. of New Mexico Sophomore 3.40 Elementary Education
*Nicole Akporiaye San Diego State Univ. Sophomore 3.24 International Business
Megan Schauermann San Diego State Univ. Freshman 3.00 Undeclared
*Monet Solberg San Diego State Univ. Senior 3.64 Psychology
Patricia Assuncao UNLV Freshman 3.78 Undeclared
Shannon Chase UNLV Sophomore 3.58 Marketing
Leiana Oswald UNLV Freshman 3.70 Undeclared
*Brooke Barton Univ. of Utah Senior 3.66 Health Education
*Brenda Beal Univ. of Utah Sophomore 3.75 Pre-Engineering
Adrienne Bradley-Drake Univ. of Utah Junior 3.06 Communications
Jackie Morrill Univ. of Utah Freshman 3.40 Undeclared
*Jennifer Snow-Richards Univ. of Utah Senior 3.72 Master Business Education
*McKelle Stilson Univ. of Utah Junior 3.09 Behavioral Science & Health
*Lucie Turkov? Univ. of Utah Senior 3.71 Parks, Recreation & Tourism
Kim Turner Univ. of Utah Freshman 3.50 Undeclared
Lenka Urbanov? Univ. of Utah Junior 3.24 Communications
*Melody Friehauf Univ. of Wyoming Senior 3.61 Secondary Education/Math
Katie Jarman Univ. of Wyoming Freshman 3.07 Undeclared
*Rachel Lau Univ. of Wyoming Junior 3.44 Anthropology
Shannon Patrick Univ. of Wyoming Freshman 3.33 Undeclared
Melissa Robinett Univ. of Wyoming Freshman 3.25 Secondary Education/Social Studies
Jansen Siplon Univ. of Wyoming Sophomore 3.15 Medical Tech

(*notes repeat selection)