Cuyler Named to First-Team Academic All-District Team

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Cuyler Named to First-Team Academic All-District Team

BATON ROUGE — LSU’s Lauren Cuyler was one of six student-athletes named to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-District VI Women’s Volleyball First Team, it was announced on Thursday.

Athletes named to the first, second and third teams were selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) from District VI, which comprises all NCAA Division I institutions in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Cuyler and members of the first team will now advance to the national ballot and have a chance to earn a position on the Academic All-America team to be announced Dec. 5.

A May 2001 magna cum laude management degree graduate with a 3.80 undergraduate grade point average, Cuyler is currently pursing her graduate degree in LSU’s prestigious MBA program. A three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, she was also the 2001 LSU Female Student-Athlete of the Year.

The fifth-year senior returned for her final season as a Tiger after undergoing two previous shoulder surgeries while at LSU. Before being forced to miss the last 10 matches due to continuing shoulder problems, she led the team in hitting percentage and ranked seventh in the Southeastern Conference in that category.

The middle blocker from Slidell also ranked third on the team in total blocks and blocks per game while improving to second on the team in blocks and blocks per game in league matches. She was also 27 kills away from becoming the 14th player in LSU history to reach 1,000 career kills.

In 2000 and 2001, Cuyler was named to the All-SEC Second Team and was a second-team All-Louisiana selection in 1998, 2000 and 2001. Leading the Tigers to the SEC Tournament championship game in 2000 by dominating Georgia in the semifinals with 10 blocks and 13 kills, she was named to the All-Tournament team. As a freshman outside hitter, she became the only freshman in Tiger history to lead the team in kills.

Cuyler is one of two players from the SEC on the first team, along with Libby Windell of Arkansas. The Lady’Backs and Mississippi State both placed two members on the all-district teams out of the SEC. Texas Tech led the way with three athletes on the team.

2002 Verizon Academic All-District VI Team
First Team
Lauren Cuyler LSU Graduate 3.80 Management
Catherin Dupont Rice Sophomore 4.076 Sports Medicine
Clarice Laires UL-Lafayette Senior 3.873 Psychology
Corina Marginas North Texas Junior 3.9 Business Computer Info.
Melissa McGehee Texas Tech Senior 3.934 Fitness and Wellness
Libby Windell Arkansas Senior 3.96 Microbiology

Second Team
Megan Arner New Mexico State Junior 4.0 Pre-business
Bridget Files Southern Miss Junior 3.65 Psychology
Misty Hubenthal Mississippi State Senior 3.67 Biological Sciences
Rebeca Pazo Rice Sophomore 3.630 Undeclared
Jennifer Rousey Mississippi State Junior 3.92 Communications
Rebecca Wynalda Texas A&M Junior 4.0 Accounting

Third Team
Michelle Coens Arkansas Senior 3.43 Kinesiology
Laura Grote Texas Tech Sophomore 3.603 Public Relations
Kelly Johnson Texas Tech Sophomore 3.517 Human Development
Denise Kubena Southeastern La. Senior 3.366 Communication
Donna Sellen Houston Senior 3.70 Business
Stephanie Anne Watson TCU Senior 3.34 Biology