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Three Volleyball Ivies Earn Capital One Academic All-District Honors

Complete 2011 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Volleyball Teams

PRINCETON, N.J. – Three Ivy League student-athletes received Capital One Academic All-District 1 honors in volleyball, it was announced Thursday. Columbia senior Cindy Chen (Beaverton, Ore.), Dartmouth senior Amber Bryant (Libertyville, Ill.) and Harvard senior Christine Wu (Naperville, Ill.) each earned first team accolades after a vote by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

All three are eligible for Academic All-America honors, which will be announced in December.

To be considered for inclusion on one of the academic all-district teams, a student-athlete must be a sophomore or older, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 on a 4.0 scale and participate in at least 50 percent of the team’s games as a starter or key reserve.

Chen, a senior captain, has a 3.98 grade point average while majoring in Mathematics. The outside hitter has posted 109 kills and 276 digs this season, marking her second-straight year with over 100 kills and 200 digs. Chen has led Columbia to nine League victories, the program’s highest single-season total.

Bryant is an engineering major with a 3.58 cumulative GPA. The libero leads the Big Green in digs this season with 398 and is eighth in the conference with 4.47 digs per set. The co-captain recently became the only Dartmouth player to eclipse the 1,500 mark in digs.

The award for Wu marks the second consecutive season she has received the honor. She is majoring in Human Evolutionary Biology and has a GPA of 3.47. Wu recently became the Crimson’s all-time leader in digs and moved into second-place in the Ivy League in the same category, amassing 1,801 for her career.

All eight Ivy teams close out their seasons with a pair of conference matches this weekend. Yale can clinch its second consecutive title and its first outright since 2008 with a win at Harvard on Saturday at 7:00 pm.