Six Wildcats Named Academic All-Big 12

Alex Muff

Nov. 15, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Six Kansas State Wildcats were recognized on Tuesday for their hard work in the classroom as the Big 12 Conference announced its annual Academic All-Big 12 Volleyball Team. Five of the recipients were named to the first team, and three received the honor for the first time.

The five Wildcats named to the first team were junior setter Caitlyn Donahue, junior opposite Kathleen Ludwig, junior middle blocker Alex Muff and sophomore outside hitters Lilla Porubek and Courtney Traxson. Sophomore outside hitter Dakota Kaufman was named to the second team.

Donahue and Muff each were named to the first team last year as well, and Ludwig receives her second honor after being named to the second team in 2010. Porubek, Traxson and Kaufman all receive the honor in their first year of eligibility for the Academic All-Big 12.

Three of the Wildcats are majoring in education with Ludwig and Kaufman studying elementary education. Donahue is majoring in secondary education. Muff is majoring in marketing, and Porubek is studying economics. Traxson is an open option student, but will begin her major in communication and science disorders this spring.

A total of 61 volleyball student-athletes made the team this year for the most in conference history. The mark surpasses the previous high of 59 student-athletes in the league’s inaugural season. The league also had 51 of those student-athletes make the first team. K-State has now had 87 Academic All-Big 12 selections under Head Coach Suzie Fritz in her 11 years.

To qualify for Academic All-Big 12 student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the previous two semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. 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 criteria except percent of participation are also eligible. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 GPA or better and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.