Xavier's Duchek Named National Academic All-America of the Year

Senior Kate Duchek was named the 2005 Academic All-America of the Year in a vote conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Senior Kate Duchek was named the 2005 Academic All-America of the Year in a vote conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Nov. 30, 2005

CINCINNATI - Xavier senior Kate Duchek headlined the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American® Women's Volleyball Team after being voted the Academic All-America of the Year in the University Division as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Duchek, a native of St. Louis, Mo., makes her second straight appearance on the Academic All-American team as she earned Third Team honors in 2004. The middle childhood education major currently carries a 4.0 GPA and received her second straight Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year award in 2005.

Duchek helped guide the Musketeers to an overall record of 21-11 in 2005, earning A-10 First Team All-Conference honors for the second straight season and made her mark in several Xavier career records. She ended her career as a Musketeer with 1,508 kills, which places her third all-time in Xavier history behind Hall of Fame member Sally Schulte (1,779) and Sara Bachus (1,598). She also stands in third place overall for attempts with 3,952. The outside hitter finished the season as the Musketeers' leader in kills (471), kills per game (4.06), aces (36), aces per game (0.31), points (540.0) and points per game (4.68).

Joining Duchek on the University Division Academic All-America first team were Paula Caten (Kansas), Christina Houghtelling (Nebraska), Jackie Choi (New Mexico State), Kate Bean (Toledo) and Sarah Pavan (Nebraska). With the exception of Houghtelling (3.90), all have perfect 4.0 grade point averages for their collegiate career.

The Academic All-America® Teams program honors 816 male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA, the College Sports Information Directors of America; a 2,000-member organization consisted of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 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 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.

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For more information about the Academic All-America Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com or e-mail rlipe@bentley.edu.