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Juniata's Strauss named ESPN Academic All-American in women's volleyball

(Posted November 30, 2010)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata College senior Steph Strauss (Penn Hills, Pa./Penn Hills) has been named to the ESPN Academic All-America women's volleyball team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Strauss, the 20th Academic All-American in Juniata history, was a First team selection to the College Division squad. The College Division includes student-athletes from NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, and NAIA institutions.

She is only the sixth Juniata student-athlete to gain First team honors on a CoSIDA Academic All-America team.

Strauss, a setter, completed her senior season with 1,054 assists, and average of 9.94 per set. She also amassed 199 kills (1.88 per set) with 226 digs (2.13 per set) and 39 blocks. Strauss guided a Juniata offense that hit .266 this season, and was ranked 10th in Division III.

A three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American, Strauss completed her career with 3,424 assists, and is ranked seventh among Juniata's all-time assists leaders.

Off the court, Strauss is a two-time Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll selection, an intern in both Juniata's J-Club and Sports Information offices, and president of Juniata's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She was named the NCAA "Elite 88" Award recipient at the 2009 NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship, for having the highest grade point average of any participating student-athlete at the championship site. A sports marketing and management student at Juniata, Strauss was selected as a participant at the 2010 NCAA Career in Sports Forum.

Joining Strauss on the first team were Brittany Donelan (Heidelberg), Tricia McCutchan (Case Western Reserve), Jennifer Hefner (Wayne State, Neb.), Maria Horning (Eastern), and Devon Woolard (Lynn).

Complete ESPN Academic All-America teams and release from CoSIDA

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