Two Huskers Earn Academic Honors

Nebraska's Sarah Pavan and Christina Houghtelling made history on Wednesday when they became the first two Husker volleyball players to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in the same season.

The 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Women's Volleyball Team was announced Wednesday after voting by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The honors by Pavan and Houghtelling increased the Husker volleyball program's total to 28 CoSIDA Academic All-America awards all-time, while increasing Nebraska's NCAA record to 224 Academic All-Americans across all sports. Nebraska was the only school to have more than one first-team selection, as only six players were chosen for first-team honors.

Sarah Pavan, who carries a 4.00 GPA in biochemistry, was named the Big 12 Player of the Year on Monday, as she averages 3.79 kills, 1.67 digs, 1.27 blocks and 0.31 aces per game. A first-team All-American in 2004, she ranks among the league leaders in five categories, including seventh in the Big 12 in both kills and hitting percentage. Off the court, Pavan has been an active participant in NU's outreach programs, volunteering for the Friendship Home Safequarters program and the Fall Tour of Excellence in Blair

Chistina Houghtelling, who carries a 3.90 GPA in elementary education with a coaching emphasis, earned All-Big 12 honors in 2005, as she averages 3.65 kills, 2.47 digs and 1.01 blocks per game, ranking among the Big 12 leaders in hitting percentage (.360, sixth) and kills (3.65, 10th). Off the court, Houghtelling is a member of NU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, she is involved in numerous community activities, including the Fall Tour of Excellence and the Juvenile Diabetes Walk. She spent last summer playing for the USA Volleyball A-2 National Team.

Pavan and Houghtelling return to action this Friday, as the No. 1 ranked Nebraska volleyball team begins NCAA Tournament action against Alabama A&M. First serve is set for 7 p.m. the action will be broadcast live statewide on NET1 (Ch. 12 in Lincoln) and in high-definition on NET-HD Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. CT. If the Huskers advance in NCAA tournament play, NET1 will broadcast live their second round match against either the American University Eagles or the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. CT.

2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Women's Volleyball Team

2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Women's Volleyball Team

Name

School

Yr.

Pos

Hometown

GPA

Major

Kate Bean

Toledo

Jr.

OH

Louisville, Ky.

4.00

Community Health

Paula Caten

Kansas

Sr.

OH

Canarana, Brazil

4.00

Communication Studies

Jackie Choi

New Mexico St.

Jr

S

Corpus Christi, Texas

4.00

Accounting & Economics

Kate Duchek

Xavier

Sr.

OH

St. Louis, Mo.

4.00

Education

Christina Houghtelling

Nebraska

Jr.

OH

Cambridge, Neb.

3.90

Elementary Education/

           

Coaching Enhancement

Sarah Pavan

Nebraska

So.

OH

Kitchener, Ont.

4.00

Biochemistry


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