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2003 Volleyball Verizon Academic All-District Teams

| Verizon Academic All-District Team |

Jessica Walden Named to the Verizon Academic All-District Second Team.
Jessica Walden
Hawley, Minn.
Became the first player in program history to be named to the Verizon Academic All-Disctict Team.

Junior setter Jessica Walden Jessica Walden (Jr. Hawley, Minn./Hawley HS) was named to the prestigious Verizon Academic All-District Second Team. The award honors the top student/athletes in each sport and is voted on by Sports Information Directors from across the region.

Walden was one of six players named to the all-district second team. There are three teams selected from each division with the members of the first team becoming eligible to be named to the Verizon Academic All-American Team.

There were 18 players honored on three teams from 100 nominees -- including 28 with gpas of 3.80 or higher -- in District Five, which includes Division II and III and NAIA teams. It is one of the most difficult districts in any sport.

Walden, a 4.0 Biology major, was one of five players from the MIAC to be named to the Verizon Academic All-District Teams. Emily Buehler from St. Thomas was the the lone MIAC first-team honoree. Joining Walden on the second team were St. Thomas' Kristin Pins, Gustavus' Rachel Batladen and Hamline's Laura Fleischmann.

Walden is the first player in volleyball history to be named to the Verizon Academic All-District Team.


2003 CoSIDA District Five Volleyball Team
Women's College Division
First Team
M. Hitter--Melissa Braaksma, Lakeland, SR, Randolph, Wis., 4.00, Accounting/Business Admin.
O. Hitter--Emily Buehler, St. Thomas, SR, Mazeppa, Minn., 3.968, Justice & Peace Studies
M. Hitter--Kelly Cusack Elmhurst, SR, Bridgeview, Ill., 4.00, Accounting
Libero--Jessica Oolman, Minn. State, Mankato, SR, Marshall, Minn., 4.00, Biology
Setter--Kristin Smith, Bemidji State, JR, Rockford, Ill., 4.00, Biology
O. Hitter--Melissa Trvdik UW-River Falls, SR, Farwell, Minn., .795, Psychology

Second Team
Setter-Rachel Batalden, Gustavus, JR, Lamberton, Minn., 3.88, Math/Secondary Education
O.Hitter--Nicole Carlson, Elmhurst, SO, Forreston, Ill., 4.00, Business
O. Hitter--Laura Fleischman, Hamline, SR, Lester Prairie, Minn., 3.90, Math
M.Hitter--Britta Hofmann, Winona State, SR, Lodi, Wis., 4.00, Psychology/Marketing
O.Hitter--Heather Jonasson, Illinois College, Schaumburg, Ill., 4.00, Accounting/Economics
M.Blocker--Kristin Pins, St. Thomas, SR, Dubuque, Iowa, 3.92, English
Setter--Jessica Walden, Concordia-M'head, JR, Hawley, Minn., 4.00, Biology
O.Hitter--Mary Welk, Dominican, SR, Chicago, Ill., 3.77, Social Science

Third Team
M.Hitter--Katie Gilman, Lewis, SR, Springfield, Ill., 3.505, Marketing
O.Hitter--Brooke Wozniak-Schmidt, UW-Eau Claire, SR, Stanley, Wis., 3.76, Math Education
O.Hitter--Jenny Wingstrom, DePauw, SR, Wolcottville, Ind., 3.76, Biology/Computer Science
O.Hitter--Callie Zwettler, Minnesota-Duluth, JR, Madison, Wis., 3.40, Early Childhood Education

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