Nov 13- Three West Coast Conference volleyball standouts were named to the 2003 Academic All-District VIII University Division Volleyball Team. San Francisco's Teresa Russell earned second team honors, while Pepperdine's Lyndsey Hache' and Loyola Marymount's Kealani Kimball garnered third team recognition.
Teresa Russell, San Francisco
Senior middle blocker Teresa Russell continues to make outstanding contributions for the USF volleyball team on the court, powering the Dons to a 21-6 record, the best in program history. Thursday, the Simi Valley native earned recognition for outstanding academic achievement after being named to the 2003 Academic All-District VIII Volleyball Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors (CoSIDA). Russell, posted a 3.55 GPA in Physics and Math and becomes the first USF volleyball player named to the Academic All-District team since Lisa Tschannen in 1992.
During the 2003 season, Russell has been nothing short of terrific and currently ranks ninth in West Coast Conference in kills (3.84), sixth in hitting percentage (.307) and rates seventh in blocks (1.19). Russell was named tournament MVP at the 2003 Portland State Viking Showcase and earned selection to three additional tournaments as USF rolled to a 15-0 start, the best in the history of volleyball in the WCC.
In addition to her outstanding accomplishments in the classroom, Russell continues to rewrite the USF career record books. Russell shattered the all-time blocks record and now owns 436 in her standout career on the Hilltop, passing Chiara Lawrence (1993-96), who tallied 419. Russell became the seventh player in program history to surpass 1,000 career kills at #21 Loyola Marymount and currently ranks fourth on the charts with 1,175. Russell made a much-anticipated return to the lineup this season after suffering a career-threatening knee injury in the 2001 season.
Lyndsey Hache', Pepperdine
Pepperdine senior middle blocker Lyndsey Hache' was named to the 2003 Academic All-District VIII third team, it was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.
Hache' curently has a 3.30 grade-point average while majoring in psychology and has established herself into one of the West Coast Conference's top players. She is second on the team in blocks (1.05 BPG) and she owns the second-best all-time Pepperdine hitting percentage record (.354 percent, 2002).
The Chino Hills, California, native received All-Pacific region and All-West Coast Conference (WCC) accolades last season after guiding her squad to the Elite Eight.
Kealani Kimball, Loyola Marymount
No. 17 Loyola Marymount's Kealani Kimball has been selected to the 2003 Academic All-District VIII volleyball third team, the district announced today. Kimball is one of three West Coast Conference volleyball players to receive Academic All-District VIII honors.
The Lions' senior co-captain has achieved a 3.32 cumulative grade point average in her major of business administration. Kimball, an outside hitter who hails from Kaunakakai, Hawaii, has led the Lions (22-5, 7-3 WCC) to their No. 17 ranking, earning WCC Player of the Week honors in October for her efforts. Kimball currently ranks sixth in kills and seventh in digs in the WCC. The two-time first-team All-WCC selection was also the recipient of the 2002-03 Fr. Alfred Kilp, S.J. Award, presented to LMU juniors who excel in service and leadership on-campus while maintaining academic excellence.