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Volleyball Lands Six on Academic All-Big 12 Team

November 15, 2011
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Six members of the Texas A&M volleyball team have been named to the 2011 Academic All-Big 12 Volleyball First Team, the conference announced today.

Aggie senior outside hitter Chelsea Ringel highlights the list of honorees, as she is one of two on the 51-member first team to achieve a 4.00 GPA. The special education major from Arlington, Texas, is making her third consecutive appearance on the first team.

First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

Others representing Texas A&M on the first team are senior defensive specialist Sarah Grace (Houston, Texas), senior middle blocker Elise Hendrickson (Long Beach, Calif.), junior right-side hitter Alisia Kastmo (Tyler, Texas), junior middle blocker Lindsey Miller (Katy, Texas) and sophomore setter Allie Sawatzky (St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada).

Grace, Kastmo and Miller are each making their second consecutive appearance on the first team, while Hendrickson and Sawatzky were named to the team in their first year of eligibility.

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

The Aggies (20-6, 9-4 Big 12) return to action Saturday as they take on Oklahoma in Norman. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. at McCasland Field House.

A&M plays its final home match Wednesday, Nov. 23 against rival Texas. The State Farm Lone Star Showdown begins at 6:30 p.m. at Reed Arena, and A&M's five seniors - Kelsey Black, Sarah Grace, Elise Hendrickson, Chelsea Ringel and Cinthya Roberto - will be honored at courtside immediately following the match.

The complete Big 12 release with the list of all honorees is attached.

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