Press Release courtesy of the ACC Conference
Thirty-seven Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes were selected to the 2017 All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team, headlined by Miami’s Olga Strantzali, the 2017 ACC Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as announced today by the league office.
Strantzali, a senior majoring in public relations from Thessaloniki, Greece, was also the 2017 ACC Volleyball Player of the Year. The three-time All-ACC Academic honoree is also minoring in marketing, and has made the Athletic Director honor roll, and the Dean’s List at Miami. Strantzali earned AVCA All-America Honorable Mention honors, was named the East Coast Region Player of the Year, led the ACC in kills per set, points per set, and ranked second in service aces per set.
In addition to Strantzali, 26 other All-ACC honorees made the All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team.
The 2017 All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team has 37 honorees, with 13 institutions represented. Louisville led the league with six selections, followed by five for Notre Dame. Duke, Miami, North Carolina, Pitt and Syracuse each had three honorees, while Florida State, Georgia Tech, NC State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest had two, and Virginia had one.
Florida State’s Milica Kubura and NC State’s Kaitlyn Kearney received All-ACC Academic honors for the fourth time in their careers. Strantzali, Louisville’s Tess Clark and Syracuse’s Santita Ebangwese received their third All-ACC Academic nod, while 14 other student-athletes secured the honor for the second time in their careers.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September of 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their careers, as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the team.
The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all-conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July.
2017 All-ACC Volleyball Academic Team
Cadie Bates, Duke, Sr.; Psychology
Nicole Elattrache, Duke, Sr.; Visual Media Studies
Anna Kropf**, Duke, Sr.; Economics
Taryn Knuth, Florida State, Fr.; Sport Management
Milica Kubura****, Florida State, Sr.; Actuarial Science
Cori Clifton, Georgia Tech, Fr.; Biochemistry
Gabriela Stavnetchei, Georgia Tech, Sr.; Economics & International Affairs
Jasmine Bennett, Louisville, Jr.; Sport Administration
Tess Clark***, Louisville, Sr.; Marketing
Maggie DeJong**, Louisville, Sr.; Exercise Science
Melanie McHenry, Louisville, So.; Education
Wilma Rivera, Louisville, Jr.; Human Resources
Molly Sauer**, Louisville, Jr.; Exercise Science
Haley Templeton**, Miami, R-Jr.; Economics/Finance/Management
Olga Strantzali***, Miami, Sr.; Public Relations
Hannah Sorensen**, Miami, So.; Creative Advertising
Katharine Esterley, North Carolina, R-Fr.; Undeclared
Taylor Leath**, North Carolina, R-Jr.; Political Science
Beth Nordhorn, North Carolina, Sr.; Exercise and Sport Science
Bree Bailey, NC State, Gr.; Youth, Family and Community Sciences
Kaitlyn Kearney****, NC State, Sr.; Business Administration
Ryann DeJarld**, Notre Dame, Jr.; Management Consulting
Sam Fry**, Notre Dame, Sr.; Management Consulting
Natalie Johnson, Notre Dame, Sr.; Information Technology Management
Rebecca Nunge, Notre Dame, Jr.; PreProfessional
Jemma Yeadon**, Notre Dame, So.; Neuroscience & Behavior
Kamalani Akeo**, Pitt, Jr.; Human Resources Management
Chinaza Ndee, Pitt, Fr.; Undeclared
Stephanie Williams**, Pitt, R-So.; Exercise Science
Belle Sand, Syracuse**, Sr.; Economics
Santita Ebangwese***, Syracuse, Jr.; Bioengineering
Ella Saada, Syracuse, Fr.; Undeclared
Sarah Billiard, Virginia, Fr.; Undeclared
Ester Talamazzi, Virginia Tech, Fr.; Business
Jaila Tolbert, Virginia Tech, Jr.; Business
Kylie Long**, Wake Forest, Sr.; Communication
Caroline Wolf**, Wake Forest, Sr.; Business
* – Number of All-ACC Academic honors
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