Wuerstle, Rhead, Kishton Earn Academic All-District Honors
2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District Volleyball Teams
BALTIMORE, MD – The honors continue to roll in for the Johns Hopkins volleyball team as seniors Elizabeth Wuerstle and Kristi Rhead and sophomore Louisa Kishton have been named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District Team it was recently announced. Johns Hopkins’ three selections were the most of any Division III team in the nation.
To be eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-District honors, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA, be a sophomore or above and a starter or significant reserve.
Wuerstle has a 3.69 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in international studies and economics. The 2016 and 2017 Centennial Conference Player of the Year, Wuerstle earned Third Team AVCA All-America honors this season after earning honorable mention status as a junior. A three-time Firs Team All-Centennial selection and a two-time AVCA All-Region pick, Wuerstle finished her career with school records for aces in a three-set match (13), season (105 in 2017) and career (266). She totaled 288 kills from her position as an outside hitter this season and totaled 1,180 kills in her career.
Rhead carries a 3.94 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in international studies. She split time between middle blocker and setter this season and finished with 158 kills, 387 assists, 157 digs and 72 blocks. She finished second on the team in blocks and assists and fourth in kills and digs in 2017 and ends her career with 463 kills, 1,618 assists, 584 digs and 197 blocks.
Kishton established herself as one of the top young players in the nation as she earned Second Team AVCA All-America honors, the highest All-America accolades achieved by a Johns Hopkins volleyball player. A First Team All-Centennial and First Team AVCA All-Region selection as well, Kishton led the team in digs (398), finished second in kills (304) and added 40 aces and 20 blocks on the year. She was one of just eight sophomores nationwide to earn Academic All-District honors in 2017.
Wuerstle, Rhead and Kishton now go on the ballot for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. That team will be announced on December 13.
Johns Hopkins posted a 26-4 record under the guidance of head coach Tim Cole and won the Centennial Conference title for the second consecutive year. The Blue Jays advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history and had a school-record 18-match winning streak in the middle of the season.
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