Nov. 11, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Senior volleyball player Adah Burke (Las Cruces, N.M.) has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VI first team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Burke, who earned second-team honors in 2003, is now eligible for Academic All-America status, which will be determined later this month.
Burke, one of the top liberos in the Mountain West Conference, boasts a 4.02 GPA in Mathematics. She was named the preseason libero of the year in the Mountain West, and has lived up to the billing in her last season.
Burke leads the team and is third in the conference with 4.20 digs per game. Named the top libero at the Albuquerque Marriott Lobo Volleyball Classic in September, she's had several other impressive performances, including a career-high 32 digs against Wyoming Sept. 25, which is third most all-time in a UNM match and second all-time in a Mountain West match. Against nationally-ranked Utah, she collected 15 digs in Albuquerque and a match-high 21 digs in Salt Lake City.
In additon to Burke, sophomore Kelly Therkelsen (Eagan, Minn.) garnered third-team accolades. Therkelsen, who had the highest GPA in the district with a 4.22 GPA in Political Science, has dramatically improved in her second season as a Lobo. She is second on the team with 2.87 kills per game (17th in the Mountain West), which is an improvement over last year's 1.72 kpg. Therkelsen earned Comcast Lobo Invitational all-tournament team honors the first weekend of the season, and the following week she earned all-tournament accolades at the Delaware Invitational after recording a career-high 25 kills against George Washington.
In order to be nominated for the CoSIDA All-Academic team, a student-athlete must be a sophomore in athletic and academic standing, have at least a 3.20 GPA and be a starter or important reserve on the team. Once nominated, a vote is taken by members of CoSIDA to determine who is named to the team.