Six Cyclones Earn Academic Accolades
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AMES, Iowa – Six Iowa State volleyball players were named Academic All-Big 12, the league office announced Tuesday. The Cyclones placed five players on the first team and one on the second team.
Kristen Hahn, Rachel Hockaday, Taylor Knuth, Alison Landwehr and Jamie Straube were each named to the academic first team and Tenisha Matlock earned her second-consecutive second team honor. Hahn, Landwehr and Straube were all named to the Capital One Academic All-District VI Team last week.
For the third-straight season, Straube earned first team honors as one of four Big 12 student-athletes with a cumulative 4.00 grade-point average. A senior, Straube is studying kinesiology at Iowa State while hitting .315, eighth-best in the Big 12, against league opponents for the Cyclones this season.
Hahn and Landwehr both picked up their second-straight nods for their work in the classroom. Hahn, a kinesiology major, has excelled both as a student and an athlete in her junior season, staying on top of her class work and the Big 12 standings with 5.60 digs per set, the only league player averaging better than 5.00 digs per set against league foes.
Landwehr is second in the conference as a senior with an average of 11.79 assists per set, helping Iowa State to its league-leading assists (13.74) and kills (14.70) numbers, serving as the starting setter in all of the Cyclones’88 sets this season.
After being named to the second team in 2011, Hockaday garnered her first academic first team honor in her final season with the Cyclones. A marketing major, Hockaday is in her first full season as an all-rotations player following an ACL injury at the beginning of the 2010 season. Hockaday is second on the Iowa State squad with 2.93 digs per set in Big 12 play this season and is averaging 2.19 kills per set.
An apparel, merchandising and design student, Matlock is hitting .309 during the conference slate and her .316 overall hitting percentage this season is sixth in the Big 12.
Kansas and Kansas State led all Big 12 schools with eight academic honorees apiece. In total, 42 student-athletes earned first team nods and four student-athletes earned second team recognition.
From the Big 12:
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.
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.
No. 19 Iowa State (16-7, 9-3 Big 12) hosts No. 20 Kansas State (21-5, 8-5 Big 12) on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. CDT in an ESPNU-broadcast match.