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December 05, 2002

USIís Kavanaugh earns Academic All-America honors

University of Southern Indiana volleyball senior outside hitter Kristi Kavanaugh (Montgomery, Indiana) has been named first-team Verizon Academic All-America in a vote by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Kavanaugh is one of 18 volleyball players from the College Division that is made up of NCAA Division II, Division III, and NAIA institutions in the United States and Canada.

To be eligible for Academic 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.

Kavanaugh helped lead the Screaming Eagles to a 26-8 record, their first Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament title, and their first appearance in the NCAA II Tournament. At 11-3 in the GLVC, the Eagles won a share of the GLVC Green Division title for the third time in as many seasons.

An elementary education major, Kavanaugh recorded 3.06 kills and 3.39 digs per game during her senior campaign. She also recorded a career-high 57 service aces.

Kavanaugh finished her four-year career at USI with 847 career kills and ranked fifth all-time at USI with 1,153 career digs. She also ranked third all-time at USI with 145 career service aces.

Kavanaugh is a three-time Verizon Academic All-District V performer as well as a three-time Academic All-GLVC performer. She is the second USI volleyball player and the seventh USI student athlete to be named to Verizon Academic All-America. Former USI student athletes to be named Verizon Academic All-America are Sheri Kaiser (Volleyball, 1993) Karianne Osowski (Softball, 1995) Amber Huse (Softball, 1995) LeAnn Freeland (Womenís Basketball, 1996 and 1997) Andrew Majxner (Menís Tennis, 2001) and Duncan Bray (Men's Soccer, 2002).

2002 Verizon Academic All-America Teams
Player of the Year: Laura Hall, Indiana, Pa.

First Team
Name, school
Sarah Ahnen, Michigan Tech
Kristin Dettman, Wisconsin-Whitewater
Chara Fehsenfeld, Grand Valley State
Laura Hall, Indiana (PA)
Kristina Kavanaugh, Southern Indiana
Megan Thigpen, Defiance

Second Team
Name, school
Emily Avery, Savannah Col. Art & Design
Melissa Braaksma, Lakeland
Emily Buchner, Northwestern (MN)
Teale Goble, Northern Colorado
Kelly Martens, Mass. Inst. of Technology
Nici Workman, Capital

Third Team
Name, school
Kate Cahill, North Dakota
Jill Duling, Findlay
Lindsay Hinson, Wingate
Stacey Meek, Central Oklahoma
Kim Pletcher, Cameron
Kim Wooster, Lakeland

Dan McDonnell,
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