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November 14, 2002

USIís Kavanaugh, Wells earn academic honors

University of Southern Indiana volleyball senior outside hitters Kristi Kavanaugh (Montgomery, Indiana) and Shannon Wells (Merrillville, Indiana) have earned Verizon Academic All-District V honors, voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Kavanaugh was selected to the first team for the second-straight season while Wells was selected to the third team. Kavanaugh is now eligible to be on the Verizon Academic All-America ballot.

To be eligible for Academic All-District and All-America, the nominee must be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials and at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The student athlete must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing and completed at least one full academic year at the institution.

District V includes NCAA II, NCAA III, and NAIA institutions from Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Manitoba and Ontario.

An elementary education major, Kavanaugh is averaging 3.02 kills and 3.33 digs per game this season and is fourth in the GLVC with 0.55 service aces per game. It is the third straight season that Kavanaugh has been selected to the Verizon All-District V team. She earned second-team Verizon Academic All-District V honors as a sophomore.

This marks the first season that Wells has earned Verizon Academic All-District V honors. Wells is having one of the best all-around seasons ever seen at USI. She is first in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with 4.46 kills and 1.19 service aces per game and is third in the conference with a career-high 3.91 digs per game.

Wells is majoring in elementary education with a minor in mathematics.

Kavanaugh and Wells will be in action Thursday afternoon as the Screaming Eagles take on Quincy University in the first round of the GLVC Tournament in Romeoville, Illinois. USI is 20-6 overall, 11-3 in the GLVC, and is the second seed in the GLVC Tournament.

Dan McDonnell,
USI Sports Information Director

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