Aug. 3, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico volleyball program was recently one of 46 schools in the country to be awarded the prestigious American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2003-04 academic year. The award, initiated in 1992-93, honors collegiate volleyball programs that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. "The AVCA Team Academic Award captures the true essence of the student-athlete, and the AVCA is honored to recognize these schools for excellence in the classroom," said Katherine McConnell, AVCA executive director. "We are especially pleased to bestow this prestigious award to a record number of teams for the third year in a row." Seven Lobos (Adah Burke, Jennifer Heasty, Anna Reines, Lindsay Smith, Chelsea Sondrup, Kelly Therkelsen and Georgia Whitson) were named 2003 Mountain West Scholar-Athletes, in which a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic term at the member institution, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and be a starter or significant contributer to the team. Burke garnered second-team Academic All-District VI honors for having a 4.04 GPA in Mathematics. In Kelley McKee's 11 years as a head coach, athletes have earned academic all-conference honors 42 times, including 11 in her two years at the University of New Mexico. The Lobo volleyball program opens the 2004 season with the Comcast Lobo Invitational Sept. 3-4 at the Johnson Center on UNM's Main Campus.