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Four Named Scholar Athlete

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Published
December 10, 2002
By
Micah McDaniel
(AZUSA, Calif.) – Four Azusa Pacific volleyball players were named to the 2002 Daktronics-NAIA All-America Scholar Athlete team announced earlier this week. The 4 selections is the most from any team in the GSAC.

Recipients must have a junior or senior academic standing, maintain a minimum cumulate grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, be a member of the varsity team and meet certain statistical criteria.

Senior T.J. Gause received her second consecutive honor. One of the finest all-around players in Azusa Pacific history, Gause concluded her 4-year career this year. She ranks second on Azusa Pacific’s career digs list with 1,449. She also ranks among the Cougars’ top 10 in career kills and aces. Gause, who carries a 3.73 GPA, is on pace to graduate this May with a degree in psychology.

Juniors Christy Kimmel, Roxanna Mercer and Jenna Sagehorn were all named to the team for the first time.

Kimmel is majoring in physical education and has a 3.66 GPA. An All-GSAC selection as a freshman, Kimmel has been a steady contributor for the Cougars the past 3 seasons.

Mercer is a 3.71 student in accounting. She enjoyed a superb junior campaign in which she ranked among the team leaders in kills (212), aces (24), attack percentage (.241), digs (223) and blocks (91).

Sagehorn, a 3-time All-GSAC selection and 2-time All-American, has become one of the top players in the GSAC over the past 3 years. The liberal studies major has a GPA of 3.55 off the court and already ranks among Azusa Pacific’s all-time leaders in kills (1,199) and digs (1,259) on the court. She is currently on pace, needing just 313, to become Azusa Pacific’s all-time leader in career kills.

The Cougars finished 21-9 this season and 15-5 in the GSAC, which was good for third. However, the Cougars finished fourth in the NAIA Region II Tournament, just missing out on a trip to the NAIA Tournament.

To view the entire Daktronics-NAIA All-America Scholar Athlete team, click here.