Dec. 12, 2013
TOWSON, Md. - Air Force volleyball junior Ayesha Hein was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Volleyball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). One of only three non-seniors named to the 19-member squad, Hein earned second-team distinction.
A two-time Academic All-District selection with a 3.99 GPA in astronautical engineering, Hein became just the fourth Air Force volleyball player to earn Academic All-America honors, joining Cheryl DeVita (1983), Dawn Dunlop (1987) and Delavane Diaz (2003).
A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Hein set the Academy's Division I record for career hitting efficiency and the program's DI single-season mark for hitting (.363, 253k-56e-542a). With a career average of .288 (659k-211e-1554a), Hein bettered any other Air Force Division I player 48 points. In addition, she also recorded top 10 marks in all three blocking categories, including assisted blocks (fifth, 169), total blocks (sixth, 193) and solo blocks (ninth, 24).
Joining Hein on the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Volleyball Team, as selected by CoSIDA, were first-team selections Stephanie Arnold (Eastern Illinois), Natalie Hagglund (USC), Camila Jersonsky (Auburn), Shelby Kinzel (Northern Iowa), Sallie McLaurin (Oklahoma) and Katie Slay (Penn State); second-team selections Emma Deininger (Radford), Becca Haraf (Liberty), Annika Foit (LIU Brooklyn), Elizabeth Koberstein (Marquette) and Macy Ubben (Northern Iowa); and third-team selections Courtney Cohen (Troy), Kristen Kelsay (Michigan State), Ali McCurdy (Duke), Brieanna Merriwether (North Carolina State), Veronica Munkeby (North Dakota), Bailey Webster (Texas) and Chelsea Wintzinger (Auburn), with Slay earning Academic All-American of the Year award.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a GPA of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her consideration 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 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.