Utah State’s Katie Astle and Liz McArthur Earn Academic All-District Honors

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State volleyball players Katie Astle and Liz McArthur were named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District VIII teams it was announced Thursday. Astle, who was named to the second team, also earned second team academic all-district honors from CoSIDA as a sophomore in 2008, while McArthur earned the honor for the first time in her career as she was named to the third team. Utah State was the only school in the Western Athletic Conference to have two student-athletes recognized and was the only school in the state of Utah to receive multiple honorees. Overall, the WAC had six players honored as Cecilia Agraz (Fresno State), Kelsey Brennan (New Mexico State) and Kanani Danielson (Hawai’i) joined Astle on the second team, while Elizabeth Harden (Boise State) was named to the third team along with McArthur. Other in-state recipients include Kayli Doxey (Utah Valley) and Caitlin Jensen (Southern Utah) on the second team, and Nicole Warner (BYU) on the third team. Astle, a senior middle blocker from Sandy, Utah (Skyline HS), has a cumulative 3.72 grade-point average in finance and economics and has earned academic all-WAC honors three times. Astle currently ranks sixth in the WAC in both hitting (.302) and blocking (1.15). McArthur, a junior outside hitter from St. George, Utah (Snow Canyon HS), has a cumulative 3.72 grade-point average in family, consumer and human development and has earned academic all-WAC honors twice. McArthur currently ranks first in the WAC and 23rd in the nation in service aces per set (0.42), is third in the WAC and 21st in the nation in points per set (4.80), and third in the WAC and 27th in the nation in kills per set (4.14). District VIII is made up of schools from Arizona, California, Hawai’i, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. -USU-

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