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Fischer Repeats as Capital One Academic All-American
Release Date: 12/15/2011
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EUGENE – University of Oregon junior outside hitter Katherine Fischer was honored with the Ducks’ seventh Academic All-America Volleyball award in program history with Thursday’s announcement sponsored by Capital One.

The pre-business administration major from Los Altos, Calif., became the second Duck to ever receive first-team volleyball honors, and was one of two players on the six-person squad that sported 4.0 cumulative GPA’s.

Fischer was one of two Pac-12 honorees on the first squad with Stanford outside hitter Stephanie Browne – the only two league honorees among the 18 people combined on the three squads.

On the court this season, Fischer ranked second on the team in kills (2.75 per set), points (3.16 p/s) and digs (2.95 p/s), and third in aces (0.21 p/s). Conference-wise, she ranked ninth in double-doubles (10), and tied for the eighth-most in the Pac-12 in aces in a match with her four in a sweep at Utah.

Overall among the team’s 31 matches, she topped the team in digs seven times, and also topped the squad in the following number of matches in aces (5), hitting (5), kills (4), blocks (3) and points (2). Career-wise, she ranks sixth all-time in career points (1057).

After she was tabbed to the national academic all-america third team last season, Fischer became the second Duck to ever repeat honors with four-time recipient Sue Harbor (First Team - 1984, '85); Second Team – 1982, ‘83).

Two other Ducks received third-team honors once before - Kristen Bitter (2006) and Casey Crisler (1997).

A complete listing of this year’s honors follows below, and is also available at this URL address.

To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale); be a sophomore or older; and played at least one full calendar year at her current institution.

Voting was conducted by college sports information directors, and more information on all academic award is available at the website at the  URL address.

The past month, Fischer also received her second academic all-district honor, and was one of five Ducks honored to various Pacific-12 Conference All-Academic Teams.

Fischer repeated on the conference first team, and other honorees included second-team honorees and junior outside hitters Lauren Gross and Alaina Bergsma, and honorable mentions and junior defensive specialist Kellie Kawasaki and sophomore setter Lauren Plum.

Oregon’s trio of first and second-team all-academic selections tied for the most in the Pac-12 with Oregon State (3). UO’s five combined laurels raised UO's tally to 30 in seven years under head coach Jim Moore. In prior years, UO received at least three honors in 2001 (6), ‘08 (4), ‘07 (4), '06 (4) and '05 (5), and two in ‘09.

On the court, the No. 13-ranked Ducks (21-10, 14-8) recently wrapped their sixth straight season of +19 wins and made their fifth postseason trip in six years – both program bests in the modern volleyball era that began in 1981.

In the Pac-12, UO placed sixth in the nation’s top volleyball league - its third upper-division finish under Moore (and sixth all-time). Oregon beat five teams ranked top seven nationally or better for the first time ever, including its first-ever top-ranked opponents, Penn State and UCLA. The win over the Nittany Lions also ended the four-time defending NCAA champions’ NCAA record 94-match home win streak.

Earlier this week, Bergsma picked up Oregon’s seventh AVCA All-America honor with her third-team honor, and Plum received her first honorable mention award. Both players were also All-Pac-12 honorees, sophomore middle blocker Ariana Williams was an honorable mention, and outside hitter Liz Brenner was an All-Pac-12 Freshman Team selection.

2011 Capital One 2011 Academic All-America® Division I Volleyball Team

Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Suzy Boulavsky (3) - Oklahoma, Sr., Houston, Texas, 3.97, Public Relations
Stephanie Browne (3) – Stanford, Gr. Danville, Cal., 3.95, Sociology
Katherine Fischer (3) - Oregon, Jr., Los Altos, Cal., 4.02, Accounting
Kristin Hoffman (3) - Northern Illinois, Sr., Batavia, Ill., 3.97, History
Kristy Jaeckel Florida Gr. Littleton, Col., 4.00, Sport Management
Kelly Williamson (3) - New Mexico, Sr., Buenos Aires, Argentina, 4.00, Conservation Biology

Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Cecilia Agraz - Fresno State, Jr., Hanford, Calif., 4.00, Communication / Political Science
Stephanie Figueroa - Texas El Paso, Sr., Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico, 4.00, Multidisciplinary Studies
Jenna Miller - Tennessee-Martin, Sr., Highland Village, Texas, 4.00, Political Science
Jenilee Rathje - Michigan State Gr. Mount Pleasant, Mich., 3.84, Kinesiology
Lauren Sears - S. Mississippi, Sr., Ashburn, Va., 4.00, Mathematics
Ariel Turner - Purdue, Jr., Highlands Ranch, Col., 3.62, Mechanical Engineering

Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Lauren Campbell - N. Arizona, Jr., Covington, Wash., 4.00, Mechanical Engineering
Paige Dossey - SE Missouri St., Sr., Avon, Ind., 4.00, Exceptional Child Education
Kelsey Jewasko - Texas-San Antonio, Sr., San Antonio, Texas, 3.93, Interdisciplinary Studies
Emma Keough - Morehead State Gr. Batavia, Ohio, 4.00, Education
Allison McGlaughlin - N. Illinois, Sr., Morton, Ill., 3.96, Elementary Education
Vineece Verdun - Georgia State, Sr., Bloomfield Hills, Mich., 3.98, Public Policy

Division I Academic All-American of the Year: Kristy Jaeckel, University of Florida

(3) = CoSIDA Academic All-America® University Division third team selection in 2010

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