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Penn State DuBois volleyball players named Academic All-Americans

11/10/2006 —

DuBois - Three Penn State DuBois women were named to the USCAA Academic All-American Team, announced Wednesday by the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.

Receiving the honor were:

 Amanda Christopher    Mahaffey    Purchase Line
 Lindsey Graffius          Punxsutawney  Punxsutawney
 Amber Toth                  New Bethlehem           Redbank Valley

The student athletes must hold a grade point average of 3.5 or greater to be eligible for the Academic All-American status. Penn State DuBois coaches Tharren and Jodee Thompson were honored with the news, saying the achievement speaks for the women's dedication to both academics and athletics.

"It's a wonderful honor for them, being the first year that we were eligible to name people to this team. I hope that in the years that follow there will be many more to come behind them," Jodee Thompson said. "They all love the game of volleyball and would love to play 12 months a year if they could. They have great hearts and with their GPAs, it's obvious they care about their grades and put a good effort forth in keeping up their studies. All three take academics seriously."

Penn State DuBois joined the USCAA in October, giving the branch campus athletes and teams the opportunity for national competitions. The campus remains a member of the Penn State University Athletic Conference, in which they compete against other Penn State campuses in each of their four varsity sports: women's volleyball, men's and women's cross country, and men's basketball. Cross country runner Amy Young of Brookville was named an All-American Athlete earlier this week for her sixth-place finish at the national meet last Friday in Virginia. Men's basketball begins with the Blue and White game exhibition on Nov. 8.

A complete list of volleyball winners from the USCAA is as follows, with Florida College taking the national league title for the second straight year:

Kelsey Bowen – Walla Walla
Kirsten Fish – Rochester
Sarah Hodgin – TUFW
Cassie Warriner – TUFW
Sarah Hunsicker – Florida College
Marissa Paulin – Florida College

MVP – Kelsie Foreman – Florida College

COACH OF THE YEAR – Donna Parimore – Florida College

2006 Volleyball All-Americans
1st Team
Magdalena Wiecek - St. Joseph’s College
Katie O’Connell - NHTI
Sarah Hodgin - Taylor University – Ft. Wayne
Jennifer Bourdon - Presentation College
Danielle Braggs - Walla Walla College
Cassie Warriner - Taylor University – Ft. Wayne
Rachael Dunham - Penn State University - Fayette
Nikki Sassenus - University of Dallas
Kelsey Bowen - Walla Walla College
Kelsie Foreman - Florida College
Abby Holbrook - Penn State University - Fayette
Megan Spillman  - Taylor University – Ft. Wayne

2006 All-Americans
Honorable Mention
Whitney Brown - University of Cincinnati-Clermont
Jenifer Hain - Penn State University - Beaver
Rachel Marquardt - Rochester College
Brooke Stribling - Northwest Christian College
Megan Brittain - University of Dallas
Amy Roberts - Penn State University - Beaver
Tamara Bulatovic - St. Joseph’s College
Melissa Bishop - Northwest Christian College
Svetlana Medvedeva - St. Joseph’s College
Susan Johnson - Florida College
Jennifer Houle - NHTI
Tiffany Durham - Rochester College

2006 All-Americans
Kimberly Bourdon - Presentation College
Jennifer Bourdon - Presentation College
Heather Bourdon - Presentation College
Svetlana Medvedeva - St. Joseph’s College
Magdalena Wiecek - St. Joseph’s College
Marzena Stadnicka - St. Joseph’s College
Christina Ament - St. Joseph’s College
Gena Ann Johnson - Unity College
Amanda Hardaswick - Unity College
Alisa Christopher - Unity College
Clair Formanski - Unity College
Kate Nelson - Southern Virginia University
Kelsey Bowen - Walla Walla College
Melissa Bradford - Walla Walla College
Melissa McEwen - Walla Walla College
Josselyn Peterson - Walla Walla College
Sarah Hunsicker - Florida College
Amanda Christopher - Penn State University - DuBois
Amber Toth - Penn State University  - DuBois
Lindsey Graffius - Penn State University – DuBois
Kaytlyn Cooksey - Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
Codi Staub - Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
Sharina Buoy - Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
Cassie Warriner - Taylor University – Ft. Wayne
Jessica Warriner  - Taylor University – Ft. Wayne
Megan Monette - Lyndon State College
Christy Heasley - Penn State University – New Kensington

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