Wildcats Place Eight on Academic All-Big 12 Team

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State volleyball placed eight student-athletes on the 2006 Academic All-Big 12 Volleyball Team, the Big 12 announced on Tuesday afternoon. This is the second consecutive year K-State has tied for the most selections, this season with Nebraska.


To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 grade point average or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of her team’s scheduled matches. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.


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).


The honor for Werner is her third career citation for the Topeka, Kan., native and her second straight first team selection. Jantsch, Lastra and Spiegelberg each earned first team honors for the second time in their career.


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.


Kansas State will host No. 8 Texas at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. It is “Taking Care of Business” night in Ahearn Field House. All fans that bring a business card to Ahearn receive free admission to the match. All K-State students receive free admission to the match.