Kansas Lands Two on the Capital One Academic All-District Team
Nov. 10, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. - For the first time since 2007, the Kansas volleyball team landed multiple honorees on the Capital One Academic All-District Team, when Allison Mayfield and Tayler Tolefree were named second team members by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday afternoon.
The Capital One Academic All-District ® volleyball teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. A member of the seventh district, Kansas is the only team in the Big 12 Conference to have more than one of its players honored with the prestigious award, presented for the first time this year by Captial One. Texas A&M's Alisia Kastmo was also named to the district's Second Team. Suzy Boulavsky of Oklahoma marked the only Big 12 player named All-District Seven First Team.
"They are both very well-balanced student-athletes," head coach Ray Bechard said of his honorees. "They are very good with time management and their responsibility to their academics and beyond that. They're active in community service and with supporting other athletics programs here. We feel like they represent what we're looking for in the consummate student-athlete by the way they take care of their business."
Mayfield, a senior in exercise science, and Tolefree, a junior in the pre-med, human biology program, have each started all 25 matches for the Jayhawks this season. Mayfield has ranked in the top three in the Big 12 in kills per set all season, while Tolefree's 96 block assists in 2011 rank ninth in program history.
"They are a reminder that you can excel in all areas of your life," Bechard said. "You can seek to be excellent not just in the classroom but on the court and other areas. We're very proud of them for that. We feel like they represent not just our program, but the whole athletic department, well."
Capital One Academic All-District and All-America honorees are nominated, voted on and awarded by members of CoSIDA. Student-athletes must be a starter or an important reserve with a 3.30 cumulative grade point average or better and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing.
Kansas has had at least one volleyball player recognized as Academic All-District members in five of the last six years.