Cautero Named Third-Team Academic All-American

TOWSON, Md. – Anderson University sophomore setter Meghan Cautero has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Volleyball third team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Cautero, a native of Naples, Fla., started every match this past season and finished third in the South Atlantic Conference with 1,057 assists and ranked second in the league in assists per set (9.19), while ranking among the national leaders in assists per set. She was sixth on the team in kills and led the Trojans with 26 service aces. Cautero posted nine double-double dig/assist outings on the 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.

“Meghan is an excellent pick for this award as she works hard both on and off the court,” said Anderson head coach Craig Mosqueda . “She maintains a perfect GPA and has worked hard to be a setter who leads the team. For most of the year, Meghan was ranked first or second in assists per set in the conference and we are fortunate to have two more years with her.”

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 16,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
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Senior Jennifer Costello of Missouri University of Sciences & Technology headlined the team.

A setter for the Miners, Costello was selected as the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year for Division II volleyball. A Capital One Academic All-America® first team selection in 2011, she is a chemical engineering major with a perfect 4.00 GPA.

The Capital One Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2012-13 DII Academic All-America® teams program.

A native of St. Louis, Mo., Costello led Missouri S&T to a 20-13 record and the Great Lakes Valley Conference West Division title for the second consecutive year. A first team All-GLVC selection for the second straight year, she is a three-time GLVC Academic All-Conference honoree. She was the recipient of the Missouri S&T Scholar Athlete Award by the S&T M-Club the last three years.
As a senior, Costello finished second in the GLVC in assists per set with an 11.27 average, a number that ranked 13th in Division II. While playing in 121 sets and all 33 matches, she had 1,359 assists. In addition, she was third on the team with 333 digs.

Her 1,359 assists represents the second-highest single season total in school history, topped only by her 1,437 assists in 2011. A three-year starter for the Miners, Costello owns three of the top four single-season assist totals. She finished her career as the all-time leader with 4,361 assists and is fifth with 923 career digs.

Costello is one of two repeat selections on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Volleyball first team. Senior Grace Krauser of Wingate is also a repeat first team honoree.
The all-senior Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Volleyball first team also includes Brooke Burmeister of Southwest Minnesota State, Ellie Duffy of national champion Concordia, St. Paul, Meghan Franz of California (Pa.) and Lauren Hagemeyer of BYU-Hawaii.

A sociology major with a perfect 4.00 G.P.A., Krauser led Wingate to a 32-3 record and a berth in the NCAA Division II quarter-finals where the Bulldogs lost to eventual national champion Concordia, St. Paul.  A two-time All-South Atlantic Conference selection at middle blocker, Krauser averaged 1.87 kills per set this season, finishing with 204 kills. She was fourth in the SAC with 0.85 blocks per set and sixth with a .281 hitting percentage.

A native of Louisville, Ky., Krauser compiled 740 kills and 232 blocks during her career. During her four years with the program, she helped the Bulldogs post a 131-8 as Wingate won the SAC regular season and SAC Tournament titles each season. The Bulldogs also advanced to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 all four years of her career and won two regional titles.
She was the recipient of the prestigious Elite 89 Award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative G.P.A. at the NCAA Championship finals site.  She also won the award in 2010, making her the first NCAA Division II volleyball student-athlete to win the Elite 89 Award twice.

A mathematics/biology double major with a 3.96 G.P.A., Duffy was a second team AVCA All-American as a senior. She led Concordia, St. Paul to the 2012 NCAA Division II national championship and a 33-4 record. A four-year starter at outside hitter, Duffy led the Golden Bears to a five-set win over Tampa in the NCAA Championship Match. In the championship match, she had 23 kills to help the Golden Bears rally from a 2-0 deficit. Named to the NCAA all-tournament team, she helped the Golden Bears with their NCAA record-tying sixth consecutive Division II volleyball championship. Concordia, St. Paul has now won 36 consecutive NCAA tournament matches.

A native of Fridley, Minn. Duffy was selected as a second team AVCA All-American and was a first team All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference selection. She led the Golden Bears with 476 kills, averaging 3.81 kills per set. Her .324 hitting percentage was third on the team and she led the team with 52 service aces.  Duffy concluded her career with 1,084 kills and a .270 hitting percentage.

A secondary education major with a 3.91 G.P.A., Franz was named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Volleyball first team after earning this team notice last season. A middle hitter from Cranberry Township, Pa., she led California (Pa.) to a 30-8 record and its eighth straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament where the Vulcans lost in the regional finals. Franz concluded her career with a school-record 493 blocks and is tied for seventh with 1,149 career kills. As a senior, she was named to the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division first team for the third straight year. She led the PSAC with a .363 hitting percentage with 297 kills (2.40 kills per set), second on the team.  A four-year starter, she led the Vulcans with 123 total blocks (0.99). She was a two-time All-Region selection by the AVCA.
An exercise and sport science major with a 3.90 G.P.A., Hagemeyer led BYU-Hawaii to a 25-4 record and a berth in the NCAA Division II semi-finals where the Seasiders lost to Concordia, St. Paul. A native of Ridgway, Col., she was named to the All-Pacific West Conference first team for the third straight year. She also led the Seasiders to their third straight conference championship. A four-year starter at outside hitter, she finished second on the team with 344 kills (3.58 per set) and had a team-leading .378 hitting percentage, one of the top figures in Division II.  She also had 86 total blocks (0.90), second on the team. She earned all-tournament honors at the NCAA championship.

An environmental science major with a 3.77 G.P.A., Burmeister rounds out the Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Volleyball first team. A three-year starter at Southwest Minnesota State, she earned All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first team honors three consecutive years. A native of Lakefield, Minn., Burmeister led the Mustangs in kills for the second consecutive season with 354 (3.28 kills per set). She finished her career ranked fifth all-time in SMSU history with 1,550 kills, seventh in kills per set (3.44) and third in attack attempts (4,096). As a senior, she led the Mustangs to a 30-3 record and the NSIC Tournament championship where the Mustangs upset eventual national champion Concordia, St. Paul. A three-time AVCA All-American, she helped SMSU earn its ninth consecutive berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament.

The six members of the Capital One Division I Academic All-America® Volleyball first team combined for a 3.923 G.P.A.

A pair of 2011 Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Volleyball third team selections top the 2012 second team. Senior Anne Sutton of Ferris State and junior Ashley Sarmiento of Tusculum earned second team honors this season. Seniors Jillian Carlberg of Lewis, Samantha Lukralle of USC-Aiken and Heidi Luks of Arkansas-Fort Worth join junior Hannah Heeter of Clarion to complete the second team.
Graduate student Kristen Preach of Grand Canyon joins two seniors, two juniors and a sophomore on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Volleyball third team. Seniors Brittany Snider of Ashland and Gao Xuan of Lock Haven were named to the third team, along with juniors Brittany Biddle of Wilmington (Del.) and Lindsay Biggs of Eckerd. Biddle is an elementary education major with a 4.00 G.P.A. Sophomore Meghan Cautero of Anderson (S.C.), a pre-engineering major with a perfect 4.00 G.P.A., rounds out the third team.
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Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Brooke Burmeister SW Minnesota State Sr. Lakefield, Minn. 3.77   Environmental Science
Jennifer Costello (1) Missouri Science & Tech Sr. St. Louis, Mo. 4.00 Chemical Engineering
Ellie Duffy Concordia-St. Paul  Sr. Fridley, Minn. 3.96 Math, Biology
Meghan Franz (3) California (Pa.) Sr. Cranberry Twp., Pa. 3.91 Secondary Education
Lauren Hagemeyer BYU-Hawaii Sr. Ridgway, Colo. 3.90 Exercise & Sport Science
Grace Krauser (1) Wingate Sr. Louisville, Ky. 4.00 Sociology

Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Jillian Carlberg Lewis Sr. Urbandale, Iowa 3.96 Computer Graphic Design
Hannah Heeter Clarion Jr. Seneca, Pa. 3.99 Pre-Med, Biology
Samantha Lukralle USC-Aiken Sr. Lindenhurst, N.Y. 3.97 Nursing
Heidi Luks Arkansas-Fort Smith Sr. Tallinn, Estonia 3.86 Biology
Ashley Sarmiento (3) Tusculum Jr. Dayton, Ohio 3.91 Mathematics, Math Ed. (K-12)
Anne Sutton (3) Ferris State Sr. Grand Rapids, Mich. 3.91 Master Business Admin.

Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Brittany Biddle Wilmington (Del.) Jr. Claymont, Del. 4.00 Elementary Education
Lindsay Biggs Eckerd Jr. Topeka, Kan. 3.77 Biology
Meghan Cautero Anderson (S.C.) So. Naples, Fla. 4.00 Pre-Engineering
Kristen Preach Grand Canyon Gr. Phoenix, Ariz. 3.54 Communications
Brittany Snider Ashland Sr. Olmsted Falls, Ohio 3.52 Biology
Gao Xuan Lock Haven Sr. Dong Ying, China 3.63 Accounting

(1) Capital One Academic All-America® 1st team in 2011
(3) Capital One Academic All-America® 1st team in 2011

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