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

Liz CothrenBall St.Sr.Muncie, Ind.3.71/Pre-Med.
Amy Steele GantBrigham YoungSr.Laguna Hills, Calif.3.78/Sports Medicine
Kristin Folkl*StanfordSr.St. Louis, Mo.3.46/Economics
Eden KroegerMarylandSr.Englewood, Colo.3.77/Mgmt. Science/Statistics
Vendula KurcovaAmericanJr.Sokolov, Czech Rep.3.95/Business Admin.
Martha MeyerMarquetteSr.Waupun, Wis.3.91/Business Admin.

University Division Second Team

Sara AndertSW Missouri St.Sr.Alexandria, Minn.3.96/Elementary Ed.
Jennifer CheshireSeton HallSr.Albuquerque, N.M.3.65/Criminal Justice/Spanish
Alaina KippsUSCJr.Santa Cruz, Calif.4.00/Psycho-biology
Jaimie LeeNotre DameSr.Spokane, Wash.3.34/Sociology
Jessica StoutMiami (Ohio)Sr.Hagerstown, Ind.3.69/Exercise Science/Pre-Med.
Michelle WitzkeSW Missouri St.Sr.Addison, Ill.3.77/Accounting



University Division Third Team

Casey CrislerOregonSr.Bend, Ore.4.01/Fine & Applied Arts
Wendy FeldmanCentral MichiganJr.Almont, Mich.3.94/Accounting
Kristi GearyIllinois St.Sr.Gaithersburg, Md.3.97/Agribusiness
Elissa HartHarvardSr.Sacramento, Calif.3.68/Literature
Rachel MelchiorreTennessee TechSr.Hilliard, Ohio3.85/Secondary Education
Cindy VojtechFordhamSoph.Garden Grove, Calif.4.00/Finance

College Division First Team

Kelly EnglebrechtAugustana (Ill.)Jr.Yorkville, Ill.4.00/Biology/Pre-Physical Therapy
Lori JanssenGrand Valley St.Sr.Zeeland, Mich.3.92/Nursing
Tanya Klebe**RochesterSr.Yuba City, Calif.4.00/Mechanical Engineering
Kim KoellingNebraska-WesleyanSr.Norfolk, Neb.3.94/Business & Psychology
Christy MolitorSt. BenedictSr.Sartell, Minn.3.92/Natural Science
Elvira VakhidovaBarrySr.Tashkent, Uzbekistan3.73/Computer Science/Math


College Division Second Team


Melinda AlmazanRegisSr.Tucson, Ariz.3.89/Business Admin.
Chandra BarkesAndersonJr.Goshen, Ind.4.00/Biology/Pre-Med.
LeAnn GenzelIllinois WesleyanJr.Buckley, Ill.4.00/Public Accounting
Heidi NicholsIthacaSr.Newfield, Mass.3.54/Sociology
Ronda PriceNorth AlabamaSoph.Merrillville, Ind.4.00/Biology & Chemistry
Stephanie RickardsMoravianJr.Lansdowne, Pa.4.00/Secondary Ed. & English


College Division Third Team

Tracy BarnettClarionJr.Dayton, Ohio4.00/Molecular Biology
Jamie CardmanFranklin & MarshallSr.Meadville, Pa.3.63/Biology & Psychology
Amanda KlontzMuskingumJr.Heath, Ohio4.00/English
Janina MorusiewiczBarrySr.Sarasota, Fla.3.92/Pre-Veterinary
Lynn OlsenWisconsin-WhitewaterSoph.Merrill, Wis.4.00/Accounting
Mandy PinkertonMidwestern (Tex.) St.Jr.Dallas, Texas4.00/Pre-Physical Therapy
Brandie PotterAshlandSr.Shelby, Ohio3.97/Health & Physical Ed.
Lisa WoodCedarvilleSr.Mt. Pleasant, Mich.4.00/Applied Psych.



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