Nov. 14, 2006
WACO, Texas - - The Baylor volleyball was represented by six players, more than all but two other schools, on the 2006 Academic All-Big 12 first team, the league office announced Tuesday.
Seniors Nicole LeBlanc (Tampa, Fla.) and Adeline Meira (Sao Paulo, Brazil), juniors Kristen Schramek (San Antonio, Texas) and Amanda Modglin (Houston, Texas) were all repeat selections, while senior Deja Sweeney (Sacramento, Calif.) and redshirt freshman Kelsey Smith (Lubbock, Texas) were first-time honorees.
LeBlanc, a three-time first-team selection, leads the team with 3.36 kills per game and also averages 3.08 digs per game. She is majoring in social work and earned ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for the second time in her career this season.
Schramek is also a three-time selection and ranks sixth in the Big 12 with 4.10 digs per game. Majoring in speech communication, she is Baylor's all-time leader with 3.64 digs per game and had the best single-match performance in the Big 12 this season with 34 digs in a win over No. 16 Missouri.
Modglin, a communication specialist major, earned the honor for the second straight year and has been valuable as a reserve at three positions - setter, right-side hitter and middle blocker. Meira, who is now working on her master's degree in sports management, was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Team for the second time in her career, but the first as a first-team member. She was averaging 1.28 kills per game and nearly a block per game before suffering a season-ending hand injury on Oct. 14.
Sweeney, a general studies major, ranks third on the team with 2.25 digs per game and is second on the team with 27 service aces. Smith, a pre-business major, is averaging 2.44 kills per game over her last eight matches and led the Bears with a career-high 14 kills in a win at Texas A&M.
The six first-team selections is the most in Baylor history and tied for the most total selections with the 1996 and 2000 squads. Nebraska and Kansas State led this year's selections with eight each.
Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the academic all-league team consists of those student-athletes who have maintained a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and have participated in 60 percent of her team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence.