Nov. 16, 2010

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Four members of the Texas A&M volleyball team have been named to the 2010 Academic All-Big 12 Volleyball First Team, the conference office announced today.

Junior outside hitter Chelsea Ringel (Arlington, Texas) makes her second appearance on the first team, while junior defensive specialist Sarah Grace (Houston, Texas), sophomore right-side hitter Alisia Kastmo (Tyler, Texas) and sophomore middle blocker Lindsey Miller (Katy, Texas) have been named to the first team in their inaugural year of eligibility for the honor.

Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services, the 2010 volleyball academic all-league squad consists of 38 first team members combined with 13 on the second team. First team members have recorded a 3.20 or better grade-point average, while the second team are those with a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or in the two previous semesters and have participated in 60 percent of her team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

Ringel, a special education major, has played in every set and started all but one match this season. She has reached double figures in digs in 12 matches, including each of the last four matches and has posted one double-double. Ringel was named to the Denver Pioneer Classic All-Tournament Team earlier this season and also was named the State Farm Lone Star Scholar Athlete at the A&M-Texas State Farm Lone Star Showdown on Sept. 16.

Grace, a marketing major who is in her first season on the Aggie volleyball team after transferring to A&M from Baylor in 2008, has played in all but three matches this season and has posted double figures in digs in five matches.

Kastmo, a business major, has played in all but three matches this season. Typically a right-side hitter this year, the 6-4 versatile player also has subbed in as an outside hitter on the left side several times after playing middle blocker as a freshman. Kastmo was named to the Denver Pioneer Classic All-Tournament Team earlier this season after helping the Aggies go 3-0 against the tournament field.

Miller, also a business major, has started every match in her career and played in all but two sets over the last two seasons. This year she has taken or tied for team-high honors in blocks in a team-leading 15 matches and leads the Aggies and is ranked ninth in the Big 12 with 1.05 blocks per set for the full season. Miller also is eighth in the Big 12 with 1.11 blocks per set in Big 12 matches only.

Miller has posted double-digit kills nine times this season, and her .611 [12 kills, 1 error, 18 total attempts] hitting percentage against Colorado on Oct. 23 is the highest by an A&M player this season when posting 10 or more kills.

The Aggies (12-14, 6-10 Big 12) return to action Wednesday, taking on the Kansas State Wildcats in Manhattan, Kan. First serve is at 7 p.m. at Ahearn Field House. A free audio broadcast of the match can heard at AggieAthletics.com.