Seven Cougars Earn Academic All-MWC Honors

COLORADO SPRINGS -- The Mountain West Conference announced the 2002 fall Academic All-Conference team for women's volleyball today. Seven BYU players earned the academic honor, including three, Uila Crabbe, Allison Larson and Karina Puikkonen, who were repeat selections from the 2001 team. Other Cougars named to the team were Michelle Mahaffey, Lindsey Metcalf, Laura Nielsen and Kimberly Wilson.

To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic term at the member institution, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and be a starter or significant contributor to the team.

An MWC record 42 volleyball student-athletes earned MWC academic honors last fall, including 22 repeat selections from the 2001 squad. A league-high 10 UNLV volleyball student-athletes qualified for conference academic honors, followed by Utah with eight. BYU had seven honorees, followed by San Diego State and Wyoming with five each, New Mexico with four and Air Force with three.

San Diego State senior Nicole Akporiaye is the lone four-year member of the Academic All-MWC squad.

Wyoming's Amy Doman and Utah's Kim Turner extended their list of academic accolades by earning a spot on the 2002 Verizon Academic All-District Teams. Doman was a second-team selection in District 7, while Turner was third-team in District 8.

Following is a list of Academic All-Mountain West Conference selections grouped alphabetically by school (*notes repeat selection).

Name                School          Class          Major

*Delavane Diaz Air Force Junior Astro Engineering

Kristin Hamlett Air Force Freshman Undeclared

Jaime Beatty Air Force Junior Behavioral Science

*Uila Crabbe BYU Junior Physical Education

*Allison Larson BYU Senior RMYL

Michelle Mahaffey BYU Senior Physical Education

Lindsey Metcalf BYU Junior Early Childhood Education

Laura Nielsen BYU Junior Pre-Art

*Karina Puikkonen BYU Junior Zoology

Kimberly Wilson BYU Freshman Undeclared

*Anna Reines New Mexico Junior University Studies

Andrea Sanchez New Mexico Junior Art Studio

*Vanessa Shields New Mexico Senior Criminology/Women's Studies

Chelsea Sondrup New Mexico Freshman Elementary Education

*Nicole Akporiaye San Diego St Senior International Business

*Zlatina Anguelova San Diego St Junior Geography

Sara Engstrom San Diego St Junior Liberal Studies

*Megan Schauermann San Diego St Junior Child Development

*Melissa Wright San Diego St Senior Political Science

*Patricia Assuncao UNLV Junior International Business

*Shannon Chase UNLV Senior Marketing

Sarah Fachner UNLV Freshman Hotel Administration

*Nina Franchini UNLV Sophomore Communications

Adriana Franco UNLV Freshman Communications

Tarin Keith UNLV Sophomore Marketing

Christina Kirschner UNLV Junior Elementary Education

*Amy Lewis UNLV Sophomore Secondary Education

Tera Mayes UNLV Senior Fitness Management

*Leiana Oswald UNLV Junior Nutrition

Taryn Horner Utah Junior Exercise and Sport Science

Shelly Hundley Utah Freshman Business

*Kelsie Kartchner Utah Sophomore Mathematics/Education

*Jackie Morrill Utah Junior Elementary Education

Lyndsey Phillips Utah Sophomore Undeclared

Sabine Schulz Utah Sophomore Sociology

*Sylva Strzinkov? Utah Junior Political Science

*Kim Turner Utah Sophomore Elementary Education

*Amy Doman Wyoming Sophomore Health Science

*Vanessa Latimer Wyoming Sophomore Business

Amanda Miller Wyoming Junior Math Education

Hana Perlee Wyoming Junior Philosophy

*Jill Roslund Wyoming Freshman Elementary Education

*notes repeat selection