Thibodeau Earns First Team Academic All-America Honors

Thibodeau Earns First Team Academic All-America Honors

TOWSON, Md. - Senior outside hitter Rachel Thibodeau was one of six players nationally to be named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division III First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). 

A psychology major with a 4.00 G.P.A., Thibodeau earned AVCA All-American honors for Southwestern (Texas). She earned All-America notice for the second straight season in 2012 with 392 kills and 351 digs. A native of Richardson, Texas, Thibodeau was named the 2012 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year and helped the Pirates to an NCAA Championship Tournament berth and a 24-12 record.  

Senior outside hitter Lizzie Kamp of Calvin College led the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division III Volleyball Team, being chosen as the Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year award winner for Division III volleyball.   

The Capital One Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2012-13 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams program.

An accounting major with a 3.69 G.P.A., Kamp is making her second appearance on the Capital One Academic All-America® Volleyball team after earning second team honors as a junior in 2011. A native of Orland Park, Ill., Kamp followed in her older sister's footsteps when she was named as the 2012 Division III National Player of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). A two-time AVCA All-American, Kamp led the Knights to a 33-3 record and a runner-up finish in the NCAA Championship Division III Tournament.

This marks the second straight year that a member of the Kamp family has been named as the Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year for Division III volleyball. Her older sister, Rebecca Kamp of Calvin won the award last year.

A three-time selection to the All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association first team, Lizzie Kamp was honored as the league's Player of the Year in 2012. She finished the season with 528 kills and ranked fifth in the nation with 4.43 kills per set. 

Kamp is joined on the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division III Volleyball first team by a trio of repeat Academic All-Americans® and two first-time honorees.

Senior right side hitter Kristen Bennett of Otterbein and senior setter Jessica Zavatchen of Bethany (W. Va.) were also named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Division III volleyball team last year. Senior libero Paige Aaron of Averett was a second-team Academic All-American® last fall.

Senior defensive specialist Kelley Johnson of Wooster and senior outside hitter Rachel Thibodeau of Southwestern (Texas) complete the Capital One Academic All-America® Division III Volleyball first team.

A speech communication major with a 3.96 G.P.A., Bennett was named AVCA All-America honorable mention notice while leading Otterbein to the NCAA Championship Tournament. A native of Wadsworth, Ohio, Bennett led the Ohio Athletic Conference with a .334 hitting percentage and ranked among the OAC leaders with 303 kills as Otterbein won the first OAC Championship in program history. A two-time All-OAC selection, she earned first team honors as a senior while leading the Cardinals to a 26-8 record.

A psychology (pre-physical therapy) major with a 3.99 G.P.A., Zavatchen was a four-time All-Presidents' Athletic Conference honoree at Bethany. A native of Uniontown, Pa.., she set the Bethany records for assists in a season (1,468) and career (5,147). Zavatchen led the Bison to a third straight ECAC South Championship and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. 

A mathematics (w/ teaching certificate) major with a 4.00 G.P.A., Aaron earned the 2012 Don Scalf Award as the USA South Conference's Female Student-Athlete of the Year. A native of Danville, Va., Aaron was a three-time Academic All-USA South honoree and led the Cougars to a 25=11 record as a senior. She led Averett with 618 digs as a senior. 

A communication studies major with a 3.95 G.P.A., Johnson was a three-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection. A native of Orrville, Ohio, Johnson ranked eighth in the nation this season, averaging 6.12 digs per set. Johnson recorded 728 digs during her senior season while leading the Fighting Scots to an 18-14 record. 

The six members of the Capital One Academic All-America® Division III Volleyball first team maintain an average G.P.A. of 3.93, while two of the members carry a G.P.A. of 4.00.

The Capital One Academic All-America® Division III Volleyball second team is led two selections from Massachusetts Institute of Technology as senior Katie Spielbauer and junior Sharon Hao were honored. Seniors Marilee Fisher and Kristen Gromes of Mount Union joined senior Mallory Palmer of Edgewood and Tessa Smolinski of Springfield (Mass.) to complete the second team.

Seniors Suzanne Jokajtys and Cat Sullivan of Rochester Institute of Technology lead the third team. Seniors Kelly Barzak of Thiel and Anna Lewer of Rose-Hulman were also honored, along with senior Cailin McCullion of Misericordia and senior Ann Whited of Gallaudet. Junior Morgan Baker of Mary Hardin-Baylor completes the third team.

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To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. 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.

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Academic All-America ® Coordinator of Publicity

Capital One 2012 Academic All-American Division III Volleyball Team

Academic All-American of the Year:  Lizzie Kamp, Calvin


Name                          School                          Yr.   Hometown              GPA  Major

Paige Aaron (2)           Averett                           Sr.   Danville, Va.            4.00   Mathematics (w/Teaching Certificate)

Kristen Bennett (1)      Otterbein                        Sr.   Wadsworth, Ohio      3.96   Speech Communication

Kelley Johnson            Wooster                         Sr.   Orrville, Ohio           3.95   Communication Studies

Lizzie Kamp (2)          Calvin                           Sr.   Orland Park, Ill.      3.69   Accounting

Rachel Thibodeau        Southwestern (Tex.)       Sr.   Richardson, Texas   4.00   Psychology

Jessica Zavatchen (1) Bethany (W.Va.)             Sr.   Uniontown, Pa.         3.99   Psychology (Pre-Physical Therapy)



Name                          School                          Yr.   Hometown              GPA  Major

Marilee Fisher (3)        Washington (Mo.)           Sr.   Mountain View, Cal.  3.54   Chemistry

Kristen Gromes           Mount Union                   Sr.   Navarre, Ohio          3.89   Mechanical engineering, Art

Sharon Hao                 Mass. Inst. of Tech.       Jr.    San Jose, Cal.         4.00   Electrical Engineering, Computer Sci.

Mallory Palmer            Edgewood                      Sr.   Poynette, Wis.         3.80   Political Science

Tessa Smolinski          Springfield (Mass.)         Jr.    Hebron, Conn.          4.00   Communication Disorders

Katie Spielbauer          Mass. Inst. of Tech.       Sr.   Lakeview, Mich.       3.80   Electrical Engineering



Name                          School                          Yr.   Hometown              GPA  Major

Morgan Baker             Mary Hardin-Baylor        Jr.    Needville, Texas      4.00   Pre-Physical Therapy

Kelly Barzak                Thiel                                      Sr.            Warren, Ohio    3.84         Elementary Education

Suzanne Jokajtys        Rochester Inst. of Tech. Sr.   Boonville, N.Y.         3.98   Biomedical Sciences

Anna Lewer                 Rose-Hulman                 Sr.   Indianapolis, Ind.      3.70   Biomedical Engineering

Cailin McCullion          Misericordia                   Sr.   Nesquehoning, Pa.   3.98   Physical Therapy

Cat Sullivan                 Rochester Inst. of Tech. Sr.   Lehman, Pa.             3.94   Computer Sci., Computational Math

Ann Whited                 Gallaudet                       Sr.   Fishers, Ind.             3.76   Deaf Studies


(1)     CoSIDA Academic All-America® 1st team in 2011

(2)     CoSIDA Academic All-America® 2nd team in 2011