Nov. 27, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - University of Tennessee senior Kelsey Fautsch has been named to both the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Volleyball Third Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), as well as the Southeastern Conference Volleyball Community Service Team for the 2006 season.
"Kelsey is very deserving of both of these awards," UT head coach Rob Patrick said. "She has always made good decisions, both on and off the court, and pays careful attention to taking care of the small details. She is a great ambassador, not only for our volleyball program, but for the University of Tennessee as a whole. This is just another example of why she will be successful in whatever she chooses to do with her life."
"These accomplishments also speak highly to the emphasis that the University of Tennessee Athletic Department places on academics," Patrick said. "With the Thornton Center available to all of our student-athletes and the type of support that it provides, great athletes like Kelsey are able to be just as successful in their scholastic endeavors as they are on the court."
Fautsch, a native of Chisago Lakes, Minn., currently boasts a 3.91 grade point average in accounting, and becomes only the third Tennessee volleyball player in history to be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America squad. She joins Lady Vol Hall of Famer Bonnie Kenny (1983) and Cissi Lennartsson (1994) as the only volleyball players to be so honored.
While Fautsch has excelled in the classroom, she has also been a valuable member of the Knoxville community. She participated in the UT Athletic Department's Halloween Night for Kids and also was part of the Teams and Toys Christmas Project. Fautsch has also volunteered at volleyball clinics for the Smoky Mountain Children's Home and for Smoky Mountain Elementary School. She served as a referee at the Special Olympics Volleyball Tournament, and has also assisted with the Boys and Girls Club play day and a Girl Scout Volleyball Clinic.
A member of the NCAA All-Regional squad in 2005, Fautsch has elevated her game for the Lady Vols this season, as she currently ranks third on the team in total kills with 342 (only two behind leader Sarah Blum) and is second on the squad with 3.32 kills per game. She also stands fifth on the team in digs (212) and sixth in total blocks (42.0).
The Lady Vols will open NCAA Tournament play when they host No. 25 Duke in a first-round matchup at Stokely Athletics Center at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1.
|2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Teams|
|University Division Player of the Year Sarah Pavan|
|Jackie Choi||NEW MEXICO STATE||VI||Sr.||Corpus Christi, Texas||4.0||Economics and Accounting|
|Christi Hahn||TEXAS A&M||VI||Sr.||Leander, Texas||4.00||Kinesiology/Exercise Science|
|Sarah Pavan||NEBRASKA||VII||Jr.||Kitchener, Ontario, Canada||4.00||Biochemistry|
|Kate Bean||TOLEDO||IV||Sr.||Louisville, KY||3.98||Community Health|
|Heidi Krug||EAST CAROLINA||III||Sr.||Kildeer, IL||4.0||Biology|
|Sarah Kirkwood||VIRGINIA||III||Jr.||Tampa, Fla.||3.92||Cognitive Science/Pre Med|
|Tiffany Baker||MCNEESE STATE||VI||Sr.||League City, Texas||4.00||Health and Human Performance|
|Danielle Meyer||OHIO STATE||IV||Jr.||Cincinnati, OH||3.98||Textile and Clothing|
|Claire Jackson||IPFW||V||Sr.||Fort Wayne, Ind.||4.0||Biology/Pre-med|
|Jessica Vander Kooi||MISSOURI||VII||Sr.||Hinton, Iowa||3.84||International Business|
|Abbey Breit||JACKSONVILLE STATE||IV||Jr.||Louisville, Ky.||3.9||Chemistry|
|Courtney Thompson||WASHINGTON||VIII||Sr.||Kent, Wash.||3.52||Business Administration|
|Sheila Parrish||NORTH DAKOTA STATE||VII||Sr.||Fargo, N.D.||3.92||Human performance and fitness|
|Emily Greisch||CREIGHTON||VII||Sr.||Omaha, Neb.||4.00||Nursing|
|Kristen Bitter||OREGON||VIII||Sr.||Roseburg, Ore.||4.07||Business Administration|
|Kelsey Fautsch||TENNESSEE||IV||Sr.||Chisago Lakes, Minn.||3.91||Accounting|
|Ali Hausfeld||DUKE||III||Jr.||Springboro, Ohio||3.38||Biology|
|Lindsy Hartsock||BRIGHAM YOUNG||VIII||Sr.||Inkom, Idaho||3.60||Community Health|
|Rachel Shanks||AUBURN||IV||Jr.||Madison, Ala.||4.00||Biomedical Sciences|
|Cheryl Hegemann||WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE||V||Sr.||Waterford, Wis.||3.76||Education|
2006 SEC Volleyball Community Service Team
Megan Hudson, Setter/Defensive Specialist, Alabama
Amy Allison, Middle Blocker, Arkansas
Julie Bosler, MIddle Blocker, Auburn
Stefanie Douglas, Outside/Opposite Hitter, Florida
Alexis Morgan, Outside Hitter, Georgia
Kathleen Bowler, Defensive Specialist, Kentucky
Melody Clark, Middle Blocker, LSU
Jaclyn Toohey, Outside Hitter, Ole Miss
Jamie Joyner, Opposite Hitter, Mississippi State
Lynae Vanden Hull, Outside Hitter, South Carolina
Kelsey Fautsch, Outside Hitter, Tennessee