Former University of Nebraska volleyball standout Sarah Pavan earned her second ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® of the Year as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Pavan, who enjoyed a record-setting career as a right-side hitter in the Nebraska volleyball program, became the first-ever student-athlete to repeat as Academic All-American of the Year since the awards’ inception in 1988.
Pavan totaled 176 points, including 28 first-place votes, to win decisively. Rachel Buehler of Stanford, the Women’s Soccer Academic All-American of the Year, placed second with 130 points on 19 first place votes. All-American pitcher Angela Tincher of the Virginia Tech softball team was third with 58 points and two first-place votes while catcher Buster Posey of the Florida State baseball team, the winner of the Dick Howser Trophy as the National Player of the Year, finished fourth with 55 points.
A native of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, Pavan was named as a first-team All-American by the AVCA four years in a row, becoming just the fourth Division I volleyball player in NCAA history to receive that distinction. She was also honored as the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American of the Year for volleyball as a junior and senior. In addition, she was named as The Big 12 Conference Female Athlete of the Year the last two seasons. A three-time pick as first team Academic All-America®, she won the Honda-Broderick Cup in June of 2007 and was a three-time Big 12 Volleyball Player of the Year.
Information courtesy of NU Media Relations