November 20, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. - All five senior members of the Washington State women's volleyball team were named to the Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic team announced today by Commissioner Tom Hansen.
Samantha Spink and Jennifer Stinson earned first team All-Academic honors. Spink (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho), a setter for the Cougar squad, achieved a 3.69 grade point average as a human nutrition and foods major. Spink's 2.84 digs per game leads the Cougars and ranks eighth in the Pac-10. The 5-9 senior is seventh in the conference with 12.23 assists per game.
Stinson (Davenport, Wash.), a middle blocker, has a 3.67 grade point average and is an elementary education major. She earned Pac-10 All-Academic second team honors as a sophomore and junior at WSU. Stinson dislocated her left ankle in practice Oct. 22, but leads WSU with 4.15 kills per game, and is eighth in the Pac-10. Her 1.45 blocks per game rank fifth in the conference, while a .318 hitting percentage places her seventh.
Rounding out the All-Academic second team are Cougar seniors Kim Kleven (Spokane, Wash.) and Wendy Rouse (Reno, Nev.). Kleven, an elementary education major, has earned a 3.43 grade point average and is a defensive specialist for WSU. She joined the Cougar starting six when Pac-10 competition began this season and had a career high 13 digs at Cal.
Right-side hitter Rouse has earned a 3.73 grade point average as an exercise education major. Along with Stinson, Rouse earned Pac-10 All-Academic second team honors as a sophomore and junior. The fifth year senior ranks second on the team with 3.54 kills pre game and third with 2.24 digs per game.
Cougar outside hitter Lucie Vratnickova (Brno, Czech Republic) earned honorable mention honors with a 3.06 grade point average as a general studies major. Vratnickova has started the last ten matches in the front row and earned career-high numbers with three service aces and 10 digs against Oregon and seven kills at Stanford.