TOWSON, Md. - It took 19 years for Gallaudet University to receive its third College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America honoree but only a week to receive its fourth as women's volleyball senior outside hitter Ann Whited (Fishers, Ind.) was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division III volleyball third team.
Whited becomes the first-ever female Bison student-athlete to earn this prestigious award and joins junior Adham Talaat (Springfield, Va.) as the second Gallaudet honoree this fall. Talaat earned a spot on the football Academic All-America second team last week. Wayne Langbein was named to the men's track and field Academic All-America second team in 1993, while Brian Bippus was the first Bison to earn this honor in 1991, when he was named to the men's basketball Academic All-America second team.
"This is a tremendous honor for Ann and our University and the women's volleyball program," said Gallaudet coach Lynn Ray Boren. "Ann has been an excellent role model to all Bison student-athletes during the past four years. I am happy for Ann to earn this great honor in her senior year."
This is the seventh honor of the year for Whited who was an offensive juggernaut for the Bison (31-7) as she helped the team win a third straight North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship and a berth into the NCAA Division III tournament. CoSIDA recognized her as a Capital One Academic All-District first team honoree for District 2 on Nov. 8, which made her eligible to be on the Academic All-America ballot. Whited has accrued a 3.76 grade point average as a deaf studies major.
"I wouldn't have accomplished this if it wasn't for my teammates and our coaching staff. If anything, it is this season's team that deserves recognition," said Whited. "I would like to thank Gallaudet University for instilling tremendous support in us."
The four-year starter was named NEAC Player of the Year, earned a spot on the All-NEAC women's volleyball first team, and garnered two NEAC Women's Volleyball Student-Athlete of the Week awards after an all-around year in which she was ranked in the top 10 in the conference for multiple statistical categories. Whited ranked fifth in total kills with 364, and her 2.78 kills per set average was good for ninth in the conference. Moreover, she was fifth in the NEAC with a .241 hitting percentage and was ranked number 10 with 390 digs. Whited was ranked 12th with 0.47 services aces per set. She was also named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Player of the Week on Oct. 20 following a four-win stretch in which Whited accumulated 32 kills for a .304 hitting percentage (32-8-79), 32 digs, 10 service aces and two solo blocks for a total of 44 points.
Whited was the only student-athlete from the NEAC to earn Academic All-America honors.
To be eligible for CoSIDA Academic honors, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average 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 (SID).
"I couldn't think of a better student-athlete than Ann, who is so deserving of this award," said Gallaudet SID Sam Atkinson. "Ann becoming the first female student-athlete from Gallaudet to be named Academic All-America is so exciting. Hopefully, there will be many more to follow her footsteps in the near future and earn the same recognition."
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 16,000 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 www.cosida.com.
The Capital One Division II and III Academic All-America program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2012-13 DII and DIII Academic All-America teams program.
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