Nobley and Walley Earn Academic Honors
Nov. 16, 2017

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State’s Sierra Nobley and Janell Walley have been named Academic All-District honorees by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as announced this morning from the organization’s national office.

Sierra Nobley was named to the CoSIDA All-Region VII First Team, while Janell Walley was named to the second team. This is the second time that Nobley has been recognized by CoSIDA with all-district honors in her career. The Boise State tandem represents two of the three student-athletes honored from the Mountain West Conference this year.

Recipients of CoSIDA academic honors are recognized for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be eligible for CoSIDA All-District consideration, candidates must own a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 and have completed at least one academic year at their current institution.

This is the second time that Nobley, a senior from Scottsdale, Ariz., has been recognized in her four-year career having been named second-team all-district as a sophomore in 2015. As a member of the all-district first team this year she is now eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors which will be voted on and released in the coming weeks.

Nobley is nearing the end of an outstanding career at Boise State where she will be remembered as one of the top volleyball players in program history and in the Mountain West Conference all-time. Sierra is the Boise State and MW career record holder for total kills (1,891), kills per set (4.51), total attacks (4,863), as well as total points (2,120.5) and points per set (5.06). She has led the Mountain West Conference and has been ranked in the top-15 nationally for kills and points per set for three straight years. She is a two-time AVCA Honorable Mention All-American, a three-time AVCA All-Region honoree, the 2016 MW Player of the Year and a three-time All-Mountain West selection. In addition, Sierra is now a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-Region and a three-time Academic All-Mountain West honoree, as well as a three-time Mountain West Scholar Athlete for maintaining a 3.5 GPA or better (3.9).

This is the first such honor for Janell Walley, a sophomore from Yucaipa, Calif. As a second-team honoree she is not eligible for Academic All-America honors.

The outside hitter has been a standout both on the floor and in the classroom in her short career. Walley’s 4.0 GPA earned her Academic All-Mountain West and Mountain West Scholar Athlete accolades as a freshman last year. This year as a starter at outside hitter she is leading the team in hitting percentage at .279 with 235 kills, 23 service aces, 202 digs, 60 blocks and 290.5 points. Walley has amassed 411 career kills to go with 72 assists, 51 service aces, 474 digs, 140 blocks and 534.5 points through Wednesday night’s home finale, a sweep over San Jose State.

Nobley and Walley will lead Boise State into Saturday’s regular season finale at Nevada with first serve scheduled for 2:05 p.m. (MT) in the Virginia Street Gym at Reno.

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