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Foit Named to Capital One Academic All-America Team


Daniel Lobacz,Assistant Athletic Director
LIU Brooklyn,
Long Island University
(718) 488-1420

Annika FoitBrooklyn, N.Y. - LIU Brooklyn volleyball junior Annika Foit has been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Volleyball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Foit, a two-time Academic All-District honoree, was named to the second team after earning NEC Player of the Year honors in 2013. A chemistry major with a 3.97 GPA, she is the first player in the history of the LIU Brooklyn volleyball program to earn Academic All-America honors.

The Capital One Academic All-America volleyball team, which is voted on by sports information directors around the nation, recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Foit is one of just 19 honorees nationally, and one of only three juniors in the country selected. She is joined on the list by athletes from USC, Oklahoma, Penn State, Marquette, Michigan State, Duke, Auburn, Texas and N.C. State.

Foit matched her success on the classroom with equally impressive success on the volleyball court this season. A unanimous choice for Northeast Conference Player of the Year, she became only the second player in league history to earn back-to-back Player of the Year honors in 2012 and 2013.

Also the 2011 NEC Rookie of the Year, Foit was named NEC Player of the Week five times this season. She led the Northeast Conference in kills per set (4.05), and total points per game (4.60). Throughout the season, she led LIU in kills (336), and was second in digs (227) and service aces (27). She had 11 double doubles this year, five games with 20-plus kills, and hit .306 against conference opponents.

She finished the season ranked 32nd in the nation in kills per set and points per set, and helped the Blackbirds finish in the top 50 as a team in aces per set (24th in the nation), blocks per set (34th in the nation) and match W-L percentage (40th in the nation). LIU finished the year 23-8 overall, and 14-0 in the NEC.

About the Capital One Academic All-America® Program
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit

2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Volleyball Team

Academic All-American of the Year: Katie Slay, Penn State

Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Stephanie Arnold Eastern Illinois Sr. Oregon, Wis. 4.00 Biological Sciences
Natalie Hagglund Southern California Sr. Encinitas, Calif. 3.59 Communications
Camila Jersonsky Auburn Sr. Buenos Aires, Argentina 3.86 Engineering
Shelby Kintzel Northern Iowa Sr. Mount Vernon, Iowa 4.00 Elem. Ed.
Sallie McLaurin Oklahoma Sr. Midwest City, Okla. 3.73 Health & Exercise Science
Katie Slay Penn State Sr. Raleigh, N.C. 3.64 Comm. Sciences & Disorders
Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Emma Deininger Radford Jr. Wallingford, Pa. 4.00 Accounting Finance
Becca Haraf Liberty Sr. Arlington Heights, Ill. 4.00 Biology, Pre-Med
Ayesha Hein U.S. Air Force Academy Jr. Honolulu, Hawaii 3.99 Astronautical Engineering
Annika Foit LIU Brooklyn Jr. Hausach, Germany 3.97 Chemistry
Elizabeth Koberstein Marquette Sr. Madison, Wis. 3.77 Nursing
Macy Ubben Northern Iowa Sr. Ackley, Iowa 3.93 Biology & Biochemistry
Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Courtney Cohen Troy Sr. Woodstock, Ga. 3.96
Biomedical Sciences
Kristen Kelsay Michigan State Sr. Wheaton, Ill. 3.85 Psychology
Ali McCurdy Duke Sr. Tampa, Fla. 3.43 Sociology
Brieanna Merriwether North Carolina State Sr. Orlando, Fla. 3.98 Biological Sciences
Veronica Munkeby North Dakota Gr. Lisbon, N.D. 4.00 Exer. Science
Bailey Webster Texas Gr. Baltimore, Md. 3.43 Advertising
Chelsea Wintzinger Auburn Sr. Huntsville, Ala. 3.93 Pharmacy

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Posted 12/12/2013

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