Nov. 22, 2011
Junior outside hitter Laurie McNamara (Coppell, Texas) has been selected to the Conference USA Volleyball All-Academic Team as selected by the league's sports information directors.
The sport management major has a 3.85 GPA and has earned her first All-Academic honor after claiming the C-USA Academic Medal and a spot on the Commissioner's Honor Roll last year.
McNamara also ranks second on her team in total kills with 278 (2.48 kills per set) and points with 349 (3.12 points per) as well as in the C-USA Top 20 in blocks (0.79) and service aces per set (0.22). She leads Rice with 25 service aces.
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.
2011 C-USA VOLLEYBALL ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
Stephanie Nwachukwu, Houston, Junior, 3.89, Biochemistry
*Altrese Hawkins, Memphis, RS Junior, 3.66, Biology, Psychology/Spanish Minor
Laurie McNamara, Rice, Junior, 3.85, Sport Management
*Dana Powell, SMU, Senior, 3.63, Accounting/Advertising Double Major
*Lauren Sears, Southern Miss, Senior, 4.00, Mathematics
Lisa Knecht, Southern Miss, Senior 3.97, Exercise Science
*Kelsea Seymour, Southern Miss, Senior, 3.70, Physical Education Licensure
Diana Silva, Tulsa, Junior, 3.71, Management Information Systems
*Sam Serley, UAB, Junior, 3.77, Health Care Management/Accounting
*Tory McCutcheon, UCF, Junior, 3.94, Biology
Stephanie Figueroa, UTEP, Senior, 4.00, Multidisciplinary Studies