Nov. 15, 2012
IRVING, Texas -- Honored for her work away from the volleyball court, University of Houston volleyball senior student-athlete Stephanie Nwachukwu was honored Thursday for her off-the-court success when she was named to the Conference USA Volleyball All-Academic Team for the second straight year, voted on by the league's Sports Information Directors.
The All-Academic Team consists of student-athletes who have earned a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or better and are a starter or key reserve on their team.
Nwachukwu, a native of Houston, was one of 12 volleyball players from across the league selected to this team. Earning a degree in chemistry and a minor in biology, Nwachukwu holds a cumulative GPA of 3.76 in her four-year career at Houston.
|2012 Conference USA Volleyball All-Academic Team
||Stephanie Nwachukwu, Houston||Senior, Chemistry, 3.76||Sammie Bane, Marshall||Junior, Exercise Physiology, 3.93||Laura Der||Sophomore, Advertising, 3.85||Laurie McNarmara, Rice||Senior, Sport Management, 3.95||Megan Murphy, Rice||Junior, Economics & Kinesiology, 3.37||Olivia Bailey, SMU||Senior, Communication Studies, 4.00||Halie Ecker, Southern Miss||Senior, Theatre, 3.79||Carly Boatwright, Tulsa||Sophomore, Arts & Sciences, 3.90||Sam Serley, UAB||Senior, Health Care Management & Accounting, 3.75||Meredith Murphy, UCF||Senior, Communication Sciences & Disorders, 3.64||Tory McCuthcheon, UCF||Senior, Molecular Biology & Microbiology, 3.91||Xitlali Herrera, UTEP||Junior, Multidisciplinary Studies, 3.75|
"We are very proud of Stephanie," head coach Kaddie Platt said. "This accomplishment doesn't come easy and she is committed to excellence in the classroom as well as on the court. Stephanie has stepped up and proven she is the definition of a true student-athlete."
Nwachukwu is just the second player in program history to receive this honor in back-to-back seasons, joining Kelsey King, who earned this honor in 2007 and 2008.
Nwachukwu is a three-time Conference USA Academic Medal recipient and a three-time Commissioner's Honor Roll honoree, while being named to the All-Academic Team for the second straight year. The middle blocker helped Houston to its second consecutive AVCA Team Academic Award in 2011.
Accompanying her work off the court is her on-court presence as the senior has appeared in 92 sets and recorded eight double-digit kill efforts, including a season-high 16 kills at UAB. She has tallied 184 kills for third-best on the team, while finishing fourth-best with 52 total blocks.
Houston will take on Rice at 5 p.m. Friday at the Conference USA Championship in Tulsa, Okla.