C-USA Volleyball Championship Notebook
Nov. 15, 2012
IRVING, Texas -
Seven seniors and three juniors highlight the 2012 Conference USA All-Academic Volleyball Team, as selected by the league's Sports Information Directors. The all-academic team consists of student-athletes who have earned a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or better and are a starter or key reserve on their team. Student-athletes from nine different schools have been recognized. This year's team consists of 12 members instead of 11 due to a tie for the final spot.
Leading the 12-member squad is a pair of Capital One Academic All-District selections: LAURIE McNAMARA of Rice and UCF's TORY McCUTHCHEON. Both were unanimous selections to the C-USA All-Academic Team. UAB's SAM SERLEY appears on her third C-USA All-Academic team while Houston's STEPHANIE NWACHUKWU picks up her second-straight academic honor.
McNamara (Coppell, Texas) was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 7 second team last week. The senior is a Sport Management major with a 3.95 GPA. She was also named to the 2011 C-USA All-Academic Team and has been awarded the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal twice. McNamara was selected to two all-tournament squads this season, averages 2.33 kills per set and owns a .259 hitting percentage this season for the Owls.
Joining McNamara on the all-academic team is teammate and C-USA Setter of the Year MEGAN MURPHY (Plano, Texas). This is Murphy's first all-academic honor as she sports a 3.37 GPA in economics and kinesiology. The redshirt junior leads the league in assists per set, averaging 11.11, and has the team hitting .230, second-best in the conference.
For the third-consecutive year, McCutcheon (Milton, Ontario) has appeared on the C-USA All-Academic Team. She is also a two-time selection to the Capital One All-District 4 first team. The middle blocker currently carries a 3.90 GPA as a molecular biology and microbiology major. McCutcheon ranks fourth in the league in hitting efficiency with a .311 clip.
Serley (Nashville, Tenn.) is a three-time honoree on the league's all-academic team as she owns a 3.75 GPA in health care management and accounting. The senior middle blocker was recently named to the All-C-USA first team after guiding the Blazers to the No. 4 seed in the C-USA Championship. She leads the league with a .384 hitting efficiency and 1.41 blocks per set plus ranks 16th in kills per set with 2.69. Serley is one of 10 for the Volleyball Senior CLASS Award. She is also a two-time Conference USA Academic Medal winner and three-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll selection.
Nwachukwu (Houston, Texas) accounts for 2.0 kills per set and has earned three Conference USA Academic Medals. The senior middle blocker is a three-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll selection as a chemistry major with a 3.76 GPA.
The 2012 Conference USA Volleyball Championship is set to start Friday, Nov. 16, inside the Donald W. Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Okla. The three-day event highlights the league's top eight finishers in regular season play. First-round action features four matches, followed by the semifinals action on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 3 and 5 p.m. Central. The winner of the Nov. 18 championship match will receive the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The title match takes place at 1 p.m. CT and will be carried live on CBS Sports Network.
2012 C-USA VOLLEYBALL ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
|*Stephanie Nwachukwu||Houston||Sr., MB||3.76||Chemistry||Houston, Texas|
|Sammie Bane||Marshall||Soph., S||3.93||Exercise Physiology||Brownstown, Ind.|
|Laura Der||Marshall||Jr., OH||3.85||Advertising||Clarksville, Ind.|
|*Laurie McNamara||Rice||Sr., OH||3.95||Sport Management||Coppell, Texas|
|Megan Murphy||Rice||RS Jr., S||3.37||Economics & Kinesiology||Plano, Texas|
|Olivia Bailey||SMU||Sr., S||4.00||Communication Studies||San Clemente, Calif.|
|Halie Ecker||Southern Miss||Sr., OH||3.79||Theatre||Moline, Ill.|
|Carly Boatwright||Tulsa||Soph., MB||3.901||Arts and Sciences||Parker, Colo.|
|**Sam Serley||UAB||Sr., MB||3.75||Health Care Management/Accounting||Nashville, Tenn.|
|Meredith Murphy||UCF||Sr., L||3.636||Communication Sciences and Disorders||Austin, Texas|
|**Tory McCuthcheon||UCF||Sr., MB||3.91||Molecular Biology & Microbiology||Milton, Ontario, Canada|
|Xitlali Herrera||UTEP||Jr., MB||3.75||Multidisciplinary Studies||Juarez, Mexico|