Six Jayhawks Named Academic All-Big 12

Nov. 16, 2004

DALLAS – Six University of Kansas volleyball players were among the 52 student-athletes named to the 2004 Volleyball Academic All-Big 12 Team by the league office on Tuesday. Seniors Ashley Bechard, Jill Dorsey, Ashley Michaels and Lindsey Morris and sophomores Jana Correa and Jamie Mathewson were honored for achieving a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average.

Dorsey, Michaels and Morris are now three-time honorees while Bechard, Correa and Mathewson were named academic all-league for the first time. Kansas was one of three Big 12 institutions (Kansas State and Oklahoma) to name six selections. Nebraska and Missouri led the league with seven honorees apiece.

Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the volleyball academic all-league squad consisted of 37 first team members combined with 15 on the second team. First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, while the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or in each of the two previous semesters while participating in 60 percent of her 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 eligible.

Kansas (15-10, 6-10 Big 12) will face No. 11 Texas Wednesday at 7p.m. at the Gregory Gym in Austin.

First Team (3.20-plus GPA)
Jana Correa (6-0, outside hitter) So./Journalism/Macapa, Brazil
Jill Dorsey (5-9, libero) Sr./Journalism/Wellsville, Kan.
Jamie Mathewson (5-8, defensive specialist) So./Business/Kansas City, Mo.
Lindsey Morris (6-0, outside hitter) Sr./Mechanical Engineering/Overland Park, Kan.

Second Team (3.00 to 3.19 GPA)
Ashley Bechard (5-7, setter) Sr./Journalism/Lawrence, Kan.
Ashley Michaels (6-2 middle blocker) Sr./Journalism/Wathena, Kan.