March 7th, 2012
Pres' Krauser Named Academic All-American
Former volleyball Topper earns prestigious honor at Wingate
Wingate University junior middle blocker and Presentation Academy alum Grace Krauser was named to the Capital One Academic All-America® NCAA Division II volleyball team following this past season after being selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Krauser was a first team pick and earned Academic All-America® honors for the first time in her career. In November, Krauser was named to the Capital One Academic All-District III first team. The Capital One Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2011-12 D-II Academic All-America® teams program.
Krauser earned second team All-SAC honors in her junior year at Wingate. She also earned All-Tournament honors in the NCAA Southeast Regionals. Krauser was one of only three players in the conference to finish in the top 10 in kills per game and hitting percentage. She was ninth with 2.85 kills per set, while ranking fifth with a .296 hitting percentage. Krauser added 80 digs, 48 blocks and 17 aces on the season.
Krauser notched double-digit kills 13 times in 2011, while hitting .300 or better 18 times. She had five consecutive early-season matches with double-digit kills, hitting above .320 in four of the contests. The stretch included a 14-kill performance against Flagler with a .324 hitting percentage, 13 kills with a .458 percentage at Carson-Newman and 15 kills with a .342 hitting percentage against Tusculum.
In addition, Krauser had 12 kills and a .500 hitting percentage in the home win over LMU. She piled up 16 kills and seven digs in the Food Lion SAC title match against Catawba, hitting .342. Krauser had 12 kills, five digs, four blocks and a .407 hitting percentage in the regional title match against Flagler.
In 2010, Krauser was the recipient of the Elite 88™ award for the NCAA Division II women’s volleyball championship. A Sociology major (with minors in Spanish and Philosophy), Krauser was presented with the award prior to Wingate’s Elite Eight match in her hometown of Louisville. She possesses a perfect 4.00 GPA.
White at Presentation, Krauser was a second team all-state player at Presentation Academy in Louisville. Playing for the highly competitive MAVA Junior Olympic Club, she was selected as an AAU All-American in 2007. In March, she was named to the All Tournament Team at the Wisconsin Dells Showcase.
“I am particularly excited about Grace being selected for such a prestigious honor,” Wingate head coach Shelton Collier says. “Grace often times gets overshadowed on our team, with other players receiving prominent awards, so to have her, as such a dedicated, hard-working student-athlete, get this recognition…is very special for her. She emerged this year as a very strong player and a significant leader for our team; we are all proud of her for getting this academic honor.”
Wingate is ranked number three among NCAA Division II Academic All-America® producing schools in the 2000’s with 42 honorees during this millennium. Only Pittsburg State (Kan.) University and Truman State (Mo.) University have produced more Academic All-America® honorees during this time period. Wingate’s 51 Academic All-America® honorees (lifetime) is tops among all SAC schools.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.