Nov. 14, 2002
Mount Vernon, Iowa -
Kansas State junior outside hitter Cari Jensen was among six student-athletes selected to the Verizon/ CoSIDA Academic All-District VII Volleyball first team announced on Thursday morning by the district coordinator.
A native of Fowler, Colo., Jensen will now move onto the national ballot where she can be selected as one of 18 players to receive recognition to either the first, second or third Academic All-American teams.
Joining Jensen on the first team were Nebraska seniors Amber Holmquist and Laura Pilakowski, Colorado seniors Elizabeth Gower and Kim Taskey and Northern Iowa junior Jill Arganbright. Five of the six players on the team registered a GPA above 3.9. Second team selections included Nebraska's Greichaly Cepero and Anna Schrad, Saint Louis' Colleen Hunter and Beth Middendorf, Missouri's Lisa Morris and Wyoming's Amy Doman.
"This is a tremendous honor for Cari," said Wildcat head coach Suzie Fritz. "Like all our players, she works hard to be the very best on and off the court. She is a big reason that we have been able to be so successful this season. However, this honor is not only great for her, but for the entire program. As evidenced by the fact that we had four players nominated for the team and several others that were qualified, this team is doing a great job of balancing academics and playing volleyball."
Jensen is the seventh Wildcat to be named to the Academic All-District VII team since Jennifer Koehn and Cathy Sittenauer were the program's first selections in 1982. The program has produced five honorees since 1998, including two selections last season in second team honorees Jayne Christen and Liz Wegner.
A starter at one of the outside hitter spots for Kansas State all season, Jensen paces the team in kills (285) and kills per game (3.61), while she is second in total points (323) and fourth in service aces per game (0.24) and hitting percentage (.243). Jensen has totaled double-digit kills in 18 of the Wildcats' 23 matches, including 12 of the 15 matches in Big 12 Conference play. She is averaging 4.38 kills per game on .331 hitting in the last eight matches, which includes two wins over nationally-ranked Missouri and victories over probable NCAA Tournament teams Kansas, Texas A&M and Colorado.
Jensen was named the Big 12 Player of the Week for the third time in her career on Oct. 28, as she averaged 5.67 kills per game on .362 hitting with a 1.83 digs per game and 0.17 blocks per game in wins over No. 19 Missouri and Colorado.
Jensen, who carries a 3.96 GPA in kinesiology, was a member of the Academic All-Big 12 first team last season.
Kansas State will put both its 11-match overall and 11-match conference road winning streaks on the line on Sunday, as the Wildcats travel to College Station, Texas to face Texas A&M (18-7, 10-6 Big 12) at G. Rollie White Coliseum beginning at 3 p.m. The Aggies are 13-1 at home this season, including a perfect 6-0 all-time against the Wildcats. K-State swept Texas A&M for just the second time in school history and for the first time since 1997 on Oct. 19, as the Wildcats posted a 30-21, 30-21, 32-30 win at home.