Air Force Quartet Named to Academic All-Conference Team

    Stephanie Stanford
    Stephanie Stanford

    Feb. 2, 2009

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Four members of the Air Force volleyball team were named to the Mountain West Conference all-academic team, the league office announced this afternoon (Feb. 2). Sophomores Jessica Hellmann, Caroline Kurtz, Stephanie Stanford and Nichole Stilwell represented the Academy on the volleyball list.

    The four academic all-conference selections by the Falcons are tied for the second-most in the program's Division I history, falling one shy of the record five chosen in 2007. Air Force also recorded four honorees in 1999, 2000 and 2004.

    Hellmann, Kurtz and Stilwell are making their second straight appearance on the academic all-conference list, while Stanford is making her first. Kurtz leads the Air Force selections with a 3.86 GPA in systems engineering (human systems). Stilwell, a 2008 CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, holds a 3.66 GPA in mathematics. Hellmann (3.66, English) and Stanford (3.17, computer science) round out the selections.

    A total of 384 student-athletes were named to the fall 2008 Academic All-MWC team, including 35 from the Academy. Fall sports include men's and women's cross country, football, women's soccer and women's volleyball. To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least one academic term at the member institution while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, and be a starter or significant contributor on their athletic team.



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