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GTE Academic All-America Volleyball Team announced by CoSIDA

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STAMFORD, Conn. -- GTE and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced the GTE Academic All-America Volleyball Team today. The Team Members of the Year in the University and College Divisions, respectively, are Kristin Folkl of Stanford and Tanya Klebe of Rochester.
Folkl, a senior from St. Louis, Mo., has a 3.46 Grade Point Average (GPA) in economics. The Cardinal face Long Beach State in the NCAA semifinals in Spokane, Wash., this Thursday.
Klebe, a senior from Yuba City, Calif., maintained a perfect 4.00 GPA in mechanical engineering. She helped her team to a 26-17 record and a berth in the NCAA playoffs.
Joining Folkl on the University Division's first team are Liz Cothren of Ball State, a senior from Muncie, Ind. (3.71/pre-medicine); Amy Steele Gant of Brigham Young, a senior from Laguna Hills, Calif. (3.78/sports medicine); Eden Kroeger of Maryland, a senior from Englewood, Colo. (3.77/management science/statistics); Vendula Kurcova of American, a junior from Sokolov, Czech Republic (3.95/business administration); and Martha Meyer of Marquette, a senior from Waupun, Wis. (3.91/business administration)
In addition to Klebe, the College Division includes Kelly Englebrecht of Augustana (Ill.), a junior from Yorkville, Ill. (4.00/biology/pre-physical therapy); Lori Janssen of Grand Valley State, a senior from Zeeland, Mich. (3.92/nursing); Kim Koelling of Nebraska-Wesleyan, a senior from Norfolk, Neb. (3.94/business & psychology); Christy Molitor of St. Benedict, a senior from Sartell, Minn. (3.92/natural science); and Elvira Vakhidova of Barry, a senior from Taskent, Uzbekistan (3.73/computer science/math).
The 38 student-athletes named to this year's teams have an average GPA of 3.87, with 14 of them posting GPA's of at least 4.0.
The GTE Academic All-America Teams are selected by a vote of the 1,800-member CoSIDA. To be eligible, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00. Sports information directors nominate eligible athletes from their schools who are named to district teams prior to being voted upon on the national level. CoSIDA has been selecting Academic All-America Teams since 1952.
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Following is a list of the GTE Academic All-America Volleyball Teams in the University and College Divisions.

University Division First Team

Name School Yr. Hometown GPA/Major
Liz Cothren Ball St. Sr. Muncie, Ind. 3.71/Pre-Med.
Amy Steele Gant Brigham Young Sr. Laguna Hills, Calif. 3.78/Sports Medicine
Kristin Folkl* Stanford Sr. St. Louis, Mo. 3.46/Economics
Eden Kroeger Maryland Sr. Englewood, Colo. 3.77/Mgmt. Science/Statistics
Vendula Kurcova American Jr. Sokolov, Czech Rep. 3.95/Business Admin.
Martha Meyer Marquette Sr. Waupun, Wis. 3.91/Business Admin.

University Division Second Team

Sara Andert SW Missouri St. Sr. Alexandria, Minn. 3.96/Elementary Ed.
Jennifer Cheshire Seton Hall Sr. Albuquerque, N.M. 3.65/Criminal Justice/Spanish
Alaina Kipps USC Jr. Santa Cruz, Calif. 4.00/Psycho-biology
Jaimie Lee Notre Dame Sr. Spokane, Wash. 3.34/Sociology
Jessica Stout Miami (Ohio) Sr. Hagerstown, Ind. 3.69/Exercise Science/Pre-Med.
Michelle Witzke SW Missouri St. Sr. Addison, Ill. 3.77/Accounting



University Division Third Team

Casey Crisler Oregon Sr. Bend, Ore. 4.01/Fine & Applied Arts
Wendy Feldman Central Michigan Jr. Almont, Mich. 3.94/Accounting
Kristi Geary Illinois St. Sr. Gaithersburg, Md. 3.97/Agribusiness
Elissa Hart Harvard Sr. Sacramento, Calif. 3.68/Literature
Rachel Melchiorre Tennessee Tech Sr. Hilliard, Ohio 3.85/Secondary Education
Cindy Vojtech Fordham Soph. Garden Grove, Calif. 4.00/Finance

College Division First Team

Kelly Englebrecht Augustana (Ill.) Jr. Yorkville, Ill. 4.00/Biology/Pre-Physical Therapy
Lori Janssen Grand Valley St. Sr. Zeeland, Mich. 3.92/Nursing
Tanya Klebe** Rochester Sr. Yuba City, Calif. 4.00/Mechanical Engineering
Kim Koelling Nebraska-Wesleyan Sr. Norfolk, Neb. 3.94/Business & Psychology
Christy Molitor St. Benedict Sr. Sartell, Minn. 3.92/Natural Science
Elvira Vakhidova Barry Sr. Tashkent, Uzbekistan 3.73/Computer Science/Math


College Division Second Team


Melinda Almazan Regis Sr. Tucson, Ariz. 3.89/Business Admin.
Chandra Barkes Anderson Jr. Goshen, Ind. 4.00/Biology/Pre-Med.
LeAnn Genzel Illinois Wesleyan Jr. Buckley, Ill. 4.00/Public Accounting
Heidi Nichols Ithaca Sr. Newfield, Mass. 3.54/Sociology
Ronda Price North Alabama Soph. Merrillville, Ind. 4.00/Biology & Chemistry
Stephanie Rickards Moravian Jr. Lansdowne, Pa. 4.00/Secondary Ed. & English


College Division Third Team

Tracy Barnett Clarion Jr. Dayton, Ohio 4.00/Molecular Biology
Jamie Cardman Franklin & Marshall Sr. Meadville, Pa. 3.63/Biology & Psychology
Amanda Klontz Muskingum Jr. Heath, Ohio 4.00/English
Janina Morusiewicz Barry Sr. Sarasota, Fla. 3.92/Pre-Veterinary
Lynn Olsen Wisconsin-Whitewater Soph. Merrill, Wis. 4.00/Accounting
Mandy Pinkerton Midwestern (Tex.) St. Jr. Dallas, Texas 4.00/Pre-Physical Therapy
Brandie Potter Ashland Sr. Shelby, Ohio 3.97/Health & Physical Ed.
Lisa Wood Cedarville Sr. Mt. Pleasant, Mich. 4.00/Applied Psych.