Nov. 10, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico senior Kelly Williamson was named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District First Team on Thursday, Nov. 10. First-team Academic All-District ® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month. Williamson garnered first-team honors in district seven.
To be nominated for this award, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his or her current institution. Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed on the nomination form.
Additionally, the student-athlete needs to have completed one full calendar year at his or her current institution and must have reached sophomore athletic eligibility.
Williamson, who holds a 4.0 GPA, came to New Mexico from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is currently studying Conservation Biology. She is a three-time MWC All-Academic and Scholar Athlete recipient. Her 325 kills and 3.49 kills-per-set this season rank second on the team and third overall in the Mountain West.
Academic success is nothing new to Williamson. The senior was named a Rhoades Scholar candidate in 2010 and has been on the Dean’s List every year she has attended UNM. Williamson was also named to the CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District Volleyball First Team last season, and was eventually named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Third Team, making her the second Lobo volleyball player in school history to earn that honor.
Williamson is also one of the UNM Student Athlete Advisory Committee Representatives (SAAC) and is also involved in student government as a senator in ASUNM.