Ayesha Hein's 3.99 GPA was the best of all 57 Academy honorees.
Maiya Perich became the program's seventh player to claimed academic all-MW honors all four years.
The senior libero holds the two best single-season performances in the Academy's DI history.
With 929 career digs, Perich broke the program's 13-year-old digs record.
Maiya Perich, Athlete of the Week
JUNIOR YEAR (2011): Earned the team's MVP award...was also chosen as the program's Defensive Player of the Year...set the Academy's Division I record for single season digs with 400...that total shattered the previous mark by 45 digs...also set a new DI single-match mark with 36 digs at Denver...recorded at least 20 digs in matches against Bryant (23) and at UC Davis (20)...tallied double-digit dig totals in 24 matches...averaged 4.17 digs per set, which is a new Division I record and the fourth-highest average in Academy history (all divisions)...led the team in digs in 29 of 30 matches...moved into third on the program's Division I career list for digs with 848...ranked fifth in the Mountain West with a 4.05 digs-per-set average in conference matches...played in every set and was the starting libero for all 30 matches...ranked second on the team with 19 service aces...accounted for two aces in four different matches (at Navy, at Denver, against Purdue, against SC Upstate)...collected 33 assists...posted four assists against SC Upstate...recorded three kills...tallied individual marks against Wyoming, Seattle and UNLV...named Best Libero at the Denver Invitational...earned the Air Force Athlete of the Week award following the DU tournament...also named to the all-tournament team at the Kristen Dickmann Invitational...named to the Mountain West All-Academic Team...team co-captain.
SOPHOMORE YEAR (2010): Played in all 103 sets...was in the starting rotation for 12 matches, including five as the starting libero...led the team with 22 service aces...matched career-best mark with three aces at Memphis...also accounted for multiple aces against Fresno State, Buffalo and Hofstra, as well as during both matches with TCU...recorded career-best 230 digs...that total ranked third on the team...averaged 2.23 digs per set...one of three players to surpass the 200-dig mark for the second straight year...accounted for a season-best 13 on four occasions (at Memphis, at Wyoming, BYU, UNLV)...added double-digit dig totals in eight additional matches...led the team in digs during six matches...recorded 28 assists, highlighted by a career-best four-helper outing at San Diego State...named to the Mountain West Conference All-Academic Team.
FRESHMAN YEAR (2009): Saw action in all 97 sets...was the starting libero in seven matches, including the six of the last seven...also started seven additional matches as the defensive specialist...led the team with 29 service aces...posted three aces in four separate matches (Cleveland State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, New Mexico and Colorado State)...tied for third in the Mountain West Conference (all matches) with a 0.30 ace-per-set average...recorded 218 digs...one of three players to surpass the 200-dig mark...recorded a career-high 17 digs against TCU...cleared the 10-dig plateau on six other occasions...led the team in digs during five matches...also added 30 assists and two kills...recorded a career-best three assists in three matches, including back-to-back performances against TCU and at Colorado State...tallied first collegiate kill at Denver...added another kill against Colorado State...named to the Mountain West Conference All-Academic Team.
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB TEAM: James E. Taylor High School...lettered three years in volleyball...coached by Brook Plemons...received the Outstanding Defensive Player award in 2007 and 2008...named to the all-tournament team of the 2007 Spring ISD Tournament...two-year recipient of the 110% Award...named to the 17-5A all-district first team as a libero in 2008...earned second-team 17-5A all-district honors as a junior...two-year member of the Texas Girls Coaches Association academic all-state team...also lettered two years in swimming...member of the varsity chamber orchestra...three-time recipient of the Most Outstanding Musician award...earned a "Superior" rating at the state orchestra Solo and Ensemble contest...member of the National Honor Society...ranked 18th in a graduating class of 630...two-time recipient of the Student of the Month Award from Katy Elks Lodge Club...competed at the club level for the Houston Juniors (2001-07) and Texas Tornadoes (2007-09)...coached by Chuck Schneider...was a part of three Houston Junior teams that went to the Junior Olympics.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Wayne and Masako Perich...nickname is "Mai"...has an older brother, Ty, who is also a member of the Academy's Class of 2013...majoring in foreign area studies - geospatial science...future career plans include working in the intelligence field...served as the Element Leader and CBRN Course Cadet-in-Charge...named to the Dean's List all six semesters...also named to the Commandant's List, for excellence in military performance...became the first cadet to be sent to the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii (summer 2012)...also took academic courses over the summer and worked the CBRN Course during the second session of Basic Cadet Training...hobbies include volleyball, reading, watching movies and playing the violin and piano...took private piano and violin lessons for 10 years...is fluent in Japanese...currently serving as one of two USAFA representatives on the Mountain West Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)...also held that position during the 2011-12 academic year...member of Cadet Squadron 21.