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VB | Seven Gaels Honored on WCC All-Academic Team

Lindsey Calvin (left) and Lindsey Knudsen (right) were both named to the WCC All-Academic first team for the second straight year on Wedensday.
Nov. 29, 2017

WCC Release

SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- Saint Mary's volleyball's Lindsey Calvin and Lindsey Knudsen have been named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic first team for the second straight year, while five other Gaels earned honorable mention honors on the 2017 squad announced Wednesday by the conference.

Knudsen's 3.967 cumulative Grade Point Average in economics was the highest among the 12 WCC student-athletes chosen for the all-academic team. She was also named to the 2016 WCC All-Academic first team. Knudsen was an all-around player for the Gaels in 2017, finishing tied for second in kills (227), second in digs (249), second in service aces (25), and fourth in total blocks (44).

Calvin's 3.90 GPA in English was one of only four 3.90-or-better GPAs on the first team. She was a go-to player for the Gaels at the net this season, finishing third on the team with 95 blocks and fourth with 206 kills and a .206 hitting percentage.

Sarah Chase played multiple positions for the Gaels this year while carrying a 3.73 GPA in kinesiology to earn WCC All-Academic Honorable Mention. She tallied 129 digs during her short time as the Gaels' starting libero. She also tallied 80 kills, 20 blocks and 10 assists. Payton Rund missed most of the latter part of the season due to injury, but her 3.67 GPA in kinesiology, as well as her strong early-season play landed her an honorable mention honor. Emily Bible's 3.57 GPA in communication earned her an honorable mention accolade. She appeared in 70 sets for SMC and had 105 digs to go with nine aces.

Sienna Young earned her first WCC All-Academic accolade with an honorable mention nod thanks to her 3.57 GPA in business administration. She was the Gaels' leading hitter all season long, finishing with a team-best 242 kills in her second year. Senior setter Mary Hernandez landed an all-academic honorable mention award in her final year. She was part of the Gaels' two-setter rotation, logging 501 assists and 177 digs, as well as 16 aces.

At the conclusion of each athletic season, the WCC selects an all-academic squad for each WCC-sponsored sport. To be considered, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, while also being a significant contributor to her team.

2017 WCC All-Academic First Team

Name School Class GPA Major
Emily Baptista Pacifc So. 3.54 Accounting
Lindsey Calvin Saint Mary's Jr. 3.90 English
Hannah Frohling Pepperdine So. 3.89 Sports Medicine
Kristen Gengenbacher San Diego Sr. 3.90 Communications/Theology
Emma Johnson Loyola Marymount So. 3.85 Psychology
Veronica Jones-Perry BYU Jr. 3.60 Microbiology
Jenna Kuehn Gonzaga So. 3.64 Nursing
Lindsey Knudsen Saint Mary's Jr. 3.96 Economics
Mary Lake BYU So. 3.61 Accounting
Kirsten Mead Santa Clara Sr. 3.91 Economics
Lauren Naatz Portland Jr. 3.78 Biochemistry
Cali Thompson Portland So. 3.69 Biology



2017 WCC All-Academic Honorable Mention

Kate Ashman, San Francisco; Emily Bible, Saint Mary's; Cosy Burnett, BYU; Kristen Castellanos, Loyola Marymount; Sarah Chase, Saint Mary's; Jensen Cunningham, Santa Clara; Heidi Dyer, Pepperdine; Jaiden Farr, Pepperdine; Ashlyn Fleming, Pacific; Katrin Gotterba, Pacific; Lyndie Haddock, BYU; Tiyana Hallums, Gonzaga; Mary Hernandez, Saint Mary's; Alex Holt, Pacific; Jayden Kennedy, San Diego; Hailey Lindberg, Santa Clara; Carly Lowry, San Francisco; Payton Mack, Gonzaga; Taylor Odom, Santa Clara; Jessie Prichard, Loyola Marymount; Reghan Pukis, Portland; Tess Reid, Loyola Marymount; Morgan Robinson, Portland; Payton Rund, Saint Mary's; Savannah Slattery, Loyola Marymount; Faith Smith, Gonzaga; Lizzy Tardieu, San Diego; Marit Thorkildsen, Gonzaga; Kekai Whitford, Loyola Marymount; Sienna Young, Saint Mary's

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