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Feb. 25, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Duke junior Sophia Dunworth, a middle blocker/outside hitter, has been honored as the 2010 ACC Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, announced today by Commissioner John D. Swofford. She headlines the 30-member 2010 All-ACC Academic Volleyball team, which includes eight All-ACC honorees, three ACC All-Freshman team selections and five AVCA All-America honorable mention recipients.
Dunworth guided Duke to its third ACC Championship in five years and an NCAA Regional Final appearance in 2010, making the Blue Devils just the third ACC team to advance that far in the national tournament. The run was a program best, and Duke finished the season ranked No. 18 in the AVCA poll. Dunworth tallied a team-high 50 kills in the tournament en route to NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team honors. The Pleasanton, Calif., native led the team with 1,024 attacks, while finishing the season second on the team in kills with a career-best 360. Dunworth averaged 3.56 kills for every error, recording the second-best ratio on the team. She registered double-digit kills in 21 of Duke's 34 matches and ended the season on a five-match streak of 10-plus kills. Dunworth became just the fourth player in program history to earn ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III honors twice in her career.
Georgia Tech middle blocker Asia Stawicka and Maryland middle/right side hitter Brittney Grove joined Dunworth as three-time honorees. Stawicka, a junior from Warsaw, Poland, ranked sixth in the league in hitting percentage with a .337 clip and was also sixth in blocks, averaging 1.09 per set. Grove, a senior from Glen Allen, Va., ranked second on the team in both total blocks (111) and service aces (29). Additionally, eleven student-athletes earned their second All-ACC Academic Team recognition.
All 12 conference schools were represented on the 2010 All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team, led by Duke with five selections, followed by Maryland with four. Florida State and Georgia Tech each had three student-athletes honored. Boston College, Clemson, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest each garnered two recognitions, while Virginia had one.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award was established in September 2007 and is awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in his/her respective sports. Candidates for the award must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
To be eligible for All-ACC Academic Team consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his/her academic career.
2010 All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team
|Kristen Baader @||Sr.||L/OH||Boston College||Biology|
|Tsvetelina Dureva||Jr.||OH||Boston College||Communication|
|Natalie Patzin @||So.||OH||Clemson||Biological Engineering|
|Alexa Rand||So.||MH||Clemson||Special Education|
|Becci Burling ^||Sr.||MB||Duke||Psychology/Biological Anthropology|
|Sophia Dunworth !#||Jr.||MB/OH||Duke||Biology|
|Christiana Gray @^||So.||MB||Duke||Undeclared|
|Ali McCurdy ^*||Fr.||DS/L||Duke||Undeclared|
|Amanda Robertson @^||Jr.||MB||Duke||Psychology|
|Stephanie Neville @^||Sr.||OH||Florida State||Finance/Marketing|
|Jenna Romanelli @||Sr.||L/DS||Florida State||Exercise Science/Dietetics|
|Taylor Wilson||Sr.||L/DS||Florida State||Interior Design|
|Jordan McCullers @||Sr.||L/DS||Georgia Tech||Management|
|Jennifer Percy||Fr.||OH||Georgia Tech||Management|
|Asia Stawicka #||Jr.||MB||Georgia Tech||Management|
|Mary Cushman *||Fr.||OH||Maryland||Undeclared|
|Brittney Grove #||Sr.||M/RS||Maryland||Marketing/Communication|
|Lisa Scott||Jr.||MB||Maryland||Criminology/Criminal Justice|
|Bethany Springer @||Sr.||L||Maryland||Mechanical Engineering|
|Katie Gallagher||Jr.||S||Miami||Sports Administration|
|Shelby Bleke||Jr.||MH||North Carolina||Journalism & Mass Communcation|
|Courtney Johnston ^||Sr.||OH/RS||North Carolina||Communication Studies|
|Megan Cyr||Jr.||S||NC State||Communications|
|Luciana Shafer||Jr.||OH||NC State||Business Management|
|A.J. Cushman @||Sr.||DS||Virginia||Kinesiology|
|Cara Baarendse @^||So.||MB||Virginia Tech||Human Development|
|Jennifer Wiker,/td>||Jr.||OH||Virginia Tech||Finance|
|Andrea Beck @^||So.||MB||Wake Forest||Biology|
|Carlin Salmon||Jr.||MB||Wake Forest||Communication|