Six Named to Academic All-Big 12 Team

Complete List of 2014 Academic All-Big 12 Honorees

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Six K-State volleyball student-athletes - Katie Brand, Taylor Johnson, Chelsea Keating, Kersten Kober, Gina Madonia and Katie Reininger - were named to the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 Team, the conference office announced. Brand, Johnson, Kober, Madonia and Reininger were honored with first team distinctions while Kober was one of three Big 12 student-athletes to be nominated with a 4.0 grade point average.

Seniors Madonia (Major: Early Childhood Education), Johnson (Marketing & Management) and Keating (Animal Sciences & Industry) all repeated as Academic All-Big 12 performers. Madonia has been named to the first team all three years she has been eligible, making her the 24th Wildcat in school history to earn three first team selections. Johnson earned first team honors for the second time in her career while Keating picked up a second team distinction for the second consecutive year.

Redshirt sophomore Brand (Life Sciences) was named Academic All-Big 12 First Team for the second time in her career.

Redshirt sophomore Reininger (English-Creative Writing) and sophomore Kober (Accounting) earned their first career Academic All-Big 12 awards. Kober was an Academic All-Big 12 Rookie honoree in 2013-14.

K-State, which had the third-most Academic All-Big 12 awards this year behind Baylor (10) and Texas Tech (9), has garnered the most Academic All-Big 12 selections in the conference's history, with 123 since 1996. The Wildcats are also the only program with more than 100 first team selections (104). Under head coach Suzie Fritz, the Wildcats have been recognized 94 times for their academic performances by the Big 12.

First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous 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 the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

2014 Academic All-Big 12 Team
First Team
Kersten Kober (4.0 GPA)

Second Team