Cats Earn 7th Straight AVCA Academic Award

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State volleyball was recognized on Friday for its success in the classroom by earning its seventh straight Game Plan/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Excellence Award.


K-State placed eight student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 team, including seven on the first team, following the 2006 season. It was the second consecutive year that the Wildcats led the Big 12 in academic selections and the second year with eight athletes chosen for their success in the classroom.


Wildcats reaching the Academic All-Big 12 first team were: senior Sandy Werner (nutrition and exercise science), junior Angie Lastra (life sciences/pre-med), junior Stacey Spiegelberg (life sciences/pre-nursing), junior Lauren Rosenthal (architectural engineering), sophomore Megan Farr (general management), sophomore Jenny Jantsch (accounting) and sophomore Leslie Townsend (finance and accounting). On the Academic All-Big 12 second team was sophomore Megan Kroeker (sociology/criminology).


Since the formation of the Big 12 in the fall of 1996, Kansas State has seen 34 student-athletes earn 72 Academic All-Big 12 citations including 42 first team choices.


The Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Excellence Award, initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors college and high school teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale during the school year. Nominating head coaches must be AVCA members.


NCAA Division I women’s programs set a single-season record for the number of collegiate schools at any division receiving the award with 55 in 06-07. The previous overall record was 54 Division I schools receiving the citation in 2005-2006.


The Wildcats will open the 2007 season Aug. 24-25 at the Best Western Shocker Volleyball Classic in Wichita, Kan.