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Nov. 9, 2007
BALTIMORE, MD - Johns Hopkins senior Natalia Fijalkowski (Windsor, CA/Windsor) and sophomore Allison Cappelaere (Ellicott City, MD/Centennial) were named to the ESPN the Magazine Volleyball Academic All-District teams released this week. Fijalkowski was a second team selection while Cappelaere was a third team choice.
Fijalkowski earns academic all-district honors for the first time in her career. The senior has appeared in all 100 games this season for the Blue Jays and is leading the team in kills with 286. Fijalkowski has hit .233 this season and is third on the team in digs with 305. She has recorded seven double-doubles (kills and digs) on the year. Fijalkowski is a member of the National Collegiate Society of Scholars and has helped perform research at the Hopkins Genetic Institute of Neurobiology. A Dean's List student with a 3.53 GPA, she is majoring in behavioral biology and neuroscience.
Cappelaere earns academic all-district honors for the first time in her career this season. The sophomore has played in 92 out of a possible 100 games for the Blue Jays. She is second on the team in kills with 285 while hitting .200. She leads the team and the Centennial Conference in service aces with 65. Cappelaere leads the team in digs with 323 while posting nine double-doubles (kills and digs) so far this season. She is a Dean's List student with a 3.79 GPA majoring in public health studies. Cappelaere is an active member of the Student Athlete Advisory Council and earned the Class of 1954 Scholarship at Hopkins.
The District II region includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Athletes named to the first team qualify for the national ballot. To be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.2 or higher cumulative grade point average and be a starter or significant reserve.
Cappelaere, Fijalkowski and the Blue Jays return to action on Saturday, November 10 against Washington & Jefferson. The two teams will battle at 1 p.m. as part of the semifinals of the ECAC South Volleyball Tournament hosted by Carnegie Mellon.
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