BOISE, Idaho - Boise State sophomore volleyball player Liz Harden has been named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine's Academic All-District volleyball third team. Harden becomes the first Bronco volleyball player in school history to earn the national honor and is one of five student-athletes recognized from the Western Athletic Conference.
Harden, a Lake Forest, Calif. (El Toro HS), native earns her second academic honor in as many seasons at Boise State, combining the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District third team honor with her 2009 WAC All-Academic Team honor. Harden was also the first Bronco to earn a WAC All-Freshman Team nomination in 2009.
Harden, who has started 24 of the team's 27 matches this season, holds a 3.46 grade point average (G.P.A.) in business. She has tallied 216 kills this season, as well as 70 blocks, 56 digs and 14 assists. She also started 17 matches out of 30 played as a freshman at Boise State.
Other WAC honorees include: Kanani Danielson, Hawaii (Second Team), Cecilia Agraz, Fresno State (Second Team), Katie Astle, Utah State (Second Team) and Liz McArthur, Utah State (Third Team).
To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must have a 3.30 cumulative G.P.A. (on a 4.0 scale) and have completed one full year at the current institution. They also must be at least a sophomore in athletic eligibility, as well as competing in at least 50-percent of the season's competitions as a starter or major contributor.
Nominations and voting for the All-America programs are conducted by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Three Academic All-District teams are chosen in each district, with those on the All-District first teams placed on the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.
To see a full list of the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District teams go to: http://cosida.com/news.aspx?id=2958