Eight Named to Academic All-Big 12 First Team
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Senior defensive specialist Amy Wehrs was one of four players in the conference to be nominated with a 4.0 GPA, highlighting the eight Jayhawks named to the Academic All-Big 12 Team.
All eight Jayhawks were named to the first team, leading all schools. Joining Wehrs is junior outside hitter Chelsea Albers, redshirt senior middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc, senior defensive specialist Jaime Mathieu, junior outside hitter Sara McClinton, senior setter Erin McNorton, senior libero Brianne Riley and senior setter Kara Wehrs.
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.
Aside from Wehrs’ (Exercise Science/Pre-PT) 4.0 recognition, Jarmoc (Chemical Engineering) led the team with her fourth overall selection. After redshirting her freshman year, Jarmoc became eligible for the honor for all four of her playing years – and all four of those years saw the KU all-time blocks leader selected to the Academic All-Big 12 Team. The Calgary native ranks among the Big 12’s top-10 in attack percentage (.327), kills per set (3.13), blocks per set (1.21) and is one of four players in the league averaging more than four points per set.
Mathieu, McNorton and Riley each claimed the academic acclaim for the third time as Jayhawks. Mathieu (Exercise Science/Pre-PT) has started all but five matches for Kansas this season and is averaging a career-best 2.40 digs per set in 2013. McNorton (Business) has taken her breakout 2012 season and ran with it in her senior campaign. Only two setters in the country average more assists per set than McNorton’s 12.26. The Dallas native has more assists on her own than five Big 12 teams do as a whole. Kansas’ all-time digs leader, Riley (Community Health/Nursing) ranks third in the Big 12 with her 4.45 digs per set average.
Both juniors on KU’s roster made their second-career appearance on the academic list in Albers (Exercise Science/Pre-PT) and McClinton (Human Biology/Pre-Med). McClinton leads the Jayhawks with 318 kills and ranks fifth in the Big 12 with 3.31 kills per set. Albers is the only Jayhawk with 200-plus kills and 200-plus digs on the year, while also hovering around a block per set at 0.97.
Wehrs (Exercise Science/pre-PT) has three service aces and averages 0.66 digs per set and is joined on the first team by twin sister Kara (Human Biology/Pre-Med) for the second time in their careers.
Kansas Academic All-Big 12 First Team Members
Chelsea Albers – Jr., Exercise Science/Pre-PT
Caroline Jarmoc – RS Sr., Chemical Engineering
Jaime Mathieu – Sr., Exercise Science/Pre-PT
Sara McClinton – Jr., Human Biology/Pre-Med
Erin McNorton – Sr., Business
Brianne Riley – Sr., Community Health/Nursing
Amy Wehrs – Sr., Exercise Science/Pre-PT
Kara Wehrs – Sr., Human Biology/Pre-Med
Kansas continues its tough stretch of schedule, this time on the road at Iowa State on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Battling for the Big 12’s second-place spot, the Jayhawks and Cyclones are set to square off at 6:30 p.m. inside Hilton Coliseum.
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