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The Elite 89 award was founded by the NCAA and recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented annually to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating in the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships. Eligible student-athletes are sophomore or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed. For more on the Elite 89 award, click here.
Penn State Release
Penn State had high expectations in 2013 and have not disappointed. Rose collected his 16th Big Ten Championship and 14th Big Ten Coach of the Year honor leading his squad to a 28-2 regular-season and 19-1 conference record. The Nittany Lions boast five players on the AVCA All-Northeast Region team in Nia Grant, Micha Hancock, Deja McClendon, Ariel Scott and Katie Slay, with Rose earning AVCA Region Coach of the Year.
wasn't just the fact they won in what many consider one of the most
difficult conferences in the country, it was how they won it. In their
19 Big Ten victories (57 sets won), they dropped just a total of 11
sets. As a team, Penn State leads
the nation with 3.10 blocks per set and is third in team hitting
percentage (.314) and win percentage (93.8%).
Rose is now a five-time AVCA National Coach of the Year after winning in 1990, 1997, 2007 and 2008.
#12 WISCONSIN def. #1 Texas, 3-1
#2 PENN STATE def. #3 WASHINGTON, 3-0
A public relations major with minors in business and liberal arts, Scott has maintained a 3.8 grade point average in her major. She is an active member of the Penn State chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and has earned Academic All-Big Ten honors while also being selected as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Since her freshman year, Scott has volunteered regularly with the Special Olympics, working to teach participants basic volleyball skills. She also organizes outreach opportunities for Special Olympians through the Penn State women's volleyball program. Scott is a three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American and All-Big Ten honoree. Heading into the post-season, she ranked second on the team in kills and blocks. The Nittany Lions are the second-ranked team in the country and carry a 32-2 overall record entering tonight's NCAA semifinal match against Washington.
Two other Big Ten student-athletes earned Senior Class Award recognition, as Michigan's Jennifer Cross and Michigan State's Lauren Wicinski were named to the award's second team.
For the complete release, click here.
Eight of the 13 selected to the All-America teams were repeat honorees, including McClendon, who is the only player in the 2013 class to be named a four-time All-American. Scott, Slay and Wicinski were all three-time honorees, while Dixon, Hancock, Robinson and Wittman were honored for the second time. Two freshman were selected to All-America teams in Rolfzen and Carlini.
As a team, the Nittany Lions had four players named to All-America teams, which was tied for the most along all schools nationally.
For the complete list of honorees, click here.
#2 PENN STATE def. #7 Stanford, 3-2
#12 WISCONSIN def. PURDUE, 3-1
#1 Texas def. #8 NEBRASKA, 3-0
#7 Stanford at #2 PENN STATE - 4 p.m. (Lexington, Ky.)
PURDUE vs. #12 WISCONSIN - 6:30 p.m. (Champaign, Ill.)
#1 Texas vs. #8 NEBRASKA - 9 p.m. (Lincoln, Neb.)
All times are ET
All games can be seen on ESPNU
#12 WISCONSIN def. Florida State, 3-1
#2 PENN STATE def. MICHIGAN STATE, 3-1
PURDUE def. #13 ILLINOIS, 3-0
#7 Stanford def. #10 MINNESOTA, 3-0
#8 NEBRASKA def. #9 San Diego, 3-0