Volleyball Academic All-Big 12 Announced

Nov. 17, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas – Four members of the TCU volleyball team were a part of the 54 student-athletes named to the 2015 Academic All-Big 12 Volleyball Team, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.

First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA. Alexia Heist was one of eight players in the Big 12 to earn first team distinction for the third time in her career, while Natalie Gower and Ashley Smith were also named to the first team for the second straight season. Sutton Sunstrum rounded out the honorees by earning her second academic honor in her career after being named to the second team.

“Alexia, Sutton, Natalie and Ashley have all been very committed to being the best they can be both as a student and as an athlete,” Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer said. “They have developed and maintained outstanding habits, time management and work ethic, which allows them to see success both in the classroom and on the court. It is nice to see them honored for their efforts in the classroom today.”

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

TCU has only three matches remaining in the regular season, as they welcome Texas Tech on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., and West Virginia on Friday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. The Frogs have one remaining road match at Oklahoma on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Noon.



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