Dec. 3, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Senior volleyball player Adah Burke (Las Cruces, N.M.) has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Burke, who boasts a 4.02 GPA in Applied Mathematics, was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VI first team last month.
Burke was one of the top liberos in the Mountain West Conference this season. The preseason Mountain West Libero of the Year led the team with 4.09 digs per game and was second in the MWC in conference matches with 4.10 dpg. She racked up 335 digs for the year, which is 11th best in a UNM season.
Named the top libero at the Albuquerque Marriott Lobo Volleyball Classic in September, she 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. Against nationally-ranked Utah, she collected 15 digs in Albuquerque and a match-high 21 digs in Salt Lake City.
In order to be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America 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. If the student-athlete then received first-team academic all-district honors, they were put on the Academic All-America ballot, where a vote is taken by members of CoSIDA to determine who is named to the team.