The MW Scholar-Athlete Award is one of the highest academic honors bestowed by the Conference
Rebecca Bates and Ayesha Hein claimed academic all-conference honors.
Hein is the first Air Force player to earn first-team honors in multiple years.
It is the first time since 2006 that juniors have held the captaincy outright.
Ayesha Hein's 3.99 GPA was the best of all 57 Academy honorees.
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2012: Played in 106 sets...started all but one match...ranked third on the team with 187 kills and 233.50 points...collected a season-high 13 kills against North Dakota State...also tallied double-digit kill totals against UNLV (11), Northern Colorado (10), Colorado (10) and CSU Bakersfield (10)...recorded a season-best hitting percentage of .600 against both CSU Bakersfield (10-1-15) and Norfolk State (6-0-10)...led the team in hitting during 10 matches, including five that were over .400...posted a team-best 70 total blocks, including seven solo stops...recorded a career-best two solo blocks during matches against Arkansas State and Wyoming...assisted on a career-best eight blocks against both Colorado and New Mexico...added 52 digs, 14 assists and eight service aces...tallied a career-high six digs at Nevada...also matched a career-high in assists (2) during that match...tallied a season-best three service aces against New Mexico...also tallied a multi-ace match against Denver (2)...academic all-conference selection...Mountain West Scholar-Athlete...named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District First-Team.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2011: Received the program's Offensive Player of the Year award...started every match and saw action in all 96 sets...recorded a team-best .275 hitting percentage (219-76-520)...that average is the fourth-best single-season average in the program's Division I history...hit a team-best .750 at Cal State Northridge, connecting on nine of 12 attempts (no errors)...posted averages of at least .500 against South Carolina Upstate (.571), at Boise State (.556), against Utah Valley (.533) and against Bryant (.500)...ranked second on the team with 219 kills...collected a team-leading 19 kills against SC Upstate...added double-digit kill totals in eight additional matches...led the team with 54 blocks (seven solo, 47 assisted)...tallied a team-best five blocks (one solo, four assisted) at New Mexico...also posted 16 service aces, including a four-ace output in the season-opener against Bowling Green...also tallied three additional multi-ace matches...added 39 digs and five assists...collected a season-best four digs in matches at Denver and against SC Upstate...also posted a season-best two assists at Denver...named to the all-tournament teams of the Kristen Dickmann Invitational, Denver Invitational, Falcon Invitational and Aggie Invitational...also received the Air Force Athlete of the Week award after the KDI...named to the Mountain West All-Academic Team...also earned MW Scholar-Athlete distinction.
BEFORE ACADEMY: Attended Hofstra University during the 2010-11 academic year...was on a full-ride scholarship to play volleyball...played in 126 sets as a freshman...amassed 153 kills, 24 service aces, 37 assists, 117 digs and 86 total blocks...ranked second on the team in hitting percentage (.223) for players with at least 50 kills...played in all four sets during Hofstra's match against Air Force at the West Point Challenge in mid-September...collected five kills and a match-best six blocks.
HIGH SCHOOL | CLUB TEAM: St. Andrew's Priory School for Girls...coached by Lani Elliazar...four-year letterwinner in volleyball...earned ILH Division II All-Star First-Team honors as a junior and senior...received honorable mention status as a sophomore...two-time team MVP...received the Most Outstanding Player award in 2007...earned the Inspirational Athlete Award as a senior...named the Oceanic Time Warner Senior Invitational Impact Player in 2009...class valedictorian...National Merit Scholarship finalist...AP Scholar Award and CollegeBoard AP...member of the National Honor Society...named to the Head of School List for a 4.0 GPA or higher from 2008-10...competed in the Hawaii State Science Fair in 2007 and earned a Letter of Recognition from the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science...competed at the club level for Asics Rainbow Volleyball Club...coached by Luis Ramirez...served as team captain from 2007-10...member of the 2007 squad that won the Junior Olympic 14s National Championship title...played on three USAV Aloha Region Championship teams (2007-09)...member of the 2008 squad that won the Far Western Qualifier.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Lee and Evelyn Hein...has one younger sister, Rhiannon...majoring in astronautical engineering...future plans include becoming a developmental engineer...two-time member of the Ace's List, for maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA...traveled to Whiteman AFB, Mo., for Operation Air Force over the summer...also worked the first session of Basic Cadet Training and traveled home to Hawaii...hobbies include reading...learned to scuba dive at the age of 12...played baritone saxophone for four years in middle school and the beginning of high school...attended the same school from kindergarten through 12th grade...greatest personal moment in sports came in the third set of Hofstra's match against Delaware, the CAA champions...tallied back-to-back kills to break a 23-23 tie and lead the Pride to a 25-23 victory...member of Cadet Squadron 23.