Cautero and Gillespie Earn Academic All-District Honors

ANDERSON, S.C. – Anderson University sophomore standouts Meghan Cautero and Shannon Gillespie have been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District III volleyball first team for NCAA Division II, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday afternoon.

Cautero, a native of Naples, Fla., has started every match this season and leads the South Atlantic Conference with 997 assists and ranks second in the league in assists per set, while ranking 83rd in the nation in assists per set. She is sixth on the team in kills and leads the Trojans with 23 service aces. Cautero has posted eight double-double dig/assist outings so far this season and is a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll. She is a two-time member of the Anderson University Dean’s List.

Gillespie has also started every match this season and is tied for ninth in the SAC in with 107 sets played. She is second in the SAC in total attacks (1,201),  ranks fourth in both kills (338) and points (373.5),  fifth in kills per set (3.06) and ninth in digs (380). The Fishers, Ind., native is 11th in digs per set (.3.67) and  leads the Trojans in kills and kills per set. She earned Second-Team Preseason All-SAC accolades prior to the season and has recorded 15 double-doubles, while notching 18 double figure kill matches. Gillespie is a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and has been named to the Dean’s List twice.

“What a great honor for both of these student-athletes,” said Anderson head coach Craig Mosqueda. “Not only do they lead statistically on the team and in the conference on the court, but they also lead in the classroom. Meghan and Shannon are two of the five perfect GPA's on the team and it’s a great accomplishment to be honored for both academic and athletic success.”

First‐team Academic All‐District ® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All‐America® Team ballot, where first‐, second‐ and third‐team All‐America honorees will be selected later this month, recognizing the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.  

In order to earn recognition, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution and are voted upon by CoSIDA members. CoSIDA District III includes the South Atlantic Conference, Peach Belt Conference and Conference Carolinas. 

Battling for a spot in the conference tournament, Anderson plays host to Newberry Friday night in the regular-season finale, with first-serve scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Abney Athletic Center.

Complete 2012 CoSIDA Academic All-District Teams 

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