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Four Student-Athletes Honored with Capital One Academic All-District Awards

Four Student-Athletes Honored with Capital One Academic All-District Awards

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona volleyball’s Lauren Campbell and football’s Ben Bachelier and Dan Pela were named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District® 8 First-Team as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America.  Senior volleyball player Katie Bailey was also honored with an Academic All-District® second-team selection.

First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month. District 8 includes schools in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Canada.

Campbell was one of six players named to the Academic All-District® District 8 volleyball first team, a list that included players from Fresno State, Stanford, Oregon, Santa Clara and Utah State. Campbell, a junior from Covington, Wash., was selected to the team for the second consecutive season. She is majoring in mechanical engineering and holds a 4.0 grade point average.  She is a two-time Big Sky All-Academic and Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete selection.

This fall, Campbell has played in 16 matches while averaging 2.34 kills per set and 0.91 digs per set.  She has elevated her play in the Big Sky Conference season raising her kill total to 2.43 per set while hitting 18.9 percent. 

Bailey, who hails from Ontario, Calif., has a 3.58 GPA in marketing and was chosen to the Academic All-District second team.

Bachelier and Pela were both chosen the Academic All-District® 8 football team.

Bachelier is a nominee for the 2011 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award. He has a 3.97 grade point average in exercise science. He received the 2010 and 2011 Cynthia Bennett Awards for excellence in academics award at the NAU team banquet and is a three-time Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete recipient. He also was chosen to the 2010 Big Sky All-Academic team. The Rio Rico, Ariz., native has served as the team’s long snapper for the last four years, seeing action in 35 games while helping the Lumberjack punter and kicker earn All-Big Sky honors in 2010.

Pela, a senior from Phoenix Horizon High School, is majoring in health science with a 3.59 GPA. He was selected to the Academic All-District team for the second consecutive season. In 2011, he has seen action in all nine games with 14 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss with two sacks and one forced fumble. He is a four-time Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete recipient (2008-11) and was selected to the 2009 and 2010 Big Sky All-Academic teams.

NAU is one of five schools to place two or more players on the Academic All-District 8 football team, joining Stanford, Washington State, San Diego and California, while the Lumberjacks were one of just four schools (Stanford, Fresno State and Oregon) to have a selection to both the football and volleyball Academic All-District teams in District 8.



Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major

QB - Andrew Luck, STANFORD, Jr., Houston, Texas, 3.48, Architectural design

WR - Jared Karstetter, WASHINGTON STATE, Sr., Spokane, Wash., 3.61, Zoology (pre-dentistry)

WR - Aaron Pflugrad, ARIZONA STATE, Gr. Missoula, Mont., 3.40, Liberal studies

TE - Coby Fleener, STANFORD, Sr., Lemont, Ill., 3.61, Science / technology / society

RB - Bryan Kariya, BRIGHAM YOUNG, Sr., Kaysville, Utah, 3.90, Chinese

RB - Nicholas Scudellari, SAN DIEGO, Jr., Saratoga, Calif., 3.66, Accountancy

OL - Ben Bachelier, NORTHERN ARIZONA, Sr., Rio Rico, Ariz., 3.97, Exercise science

OL - Mitch Gaulke, PORTLAND STATE, So., West Linn, Ore., 3.76, Business administration / accounting

OL - Bryce Harris, FRESNO STATE, Sr., Tulare, Calif., 3.71, Computer engineering

OL - Matthew Peleti, SAN DIEGO, Jr., Laguna Nigel, Calif., 3.59, Finance

OL - Carson York, OREGON, Gr., Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 3.75, Advertising

K - Giorgio Tavecchio, CALIFORNIA, Sr., Moraga, Calif., 3.71, Political economy

DB - Robert Beathard, SAN DIEGO, So., San Diego, Calif., 3.76, Accountancy

DB - Zak Hill, FRESNO STATE, Sr., Fresno, Calif., 3.66, Bio. / molecular cell / development

DB - Kyle McCartney, WASHINGTON STATE, Jr., Edmonds, Wash., 3.80, Entrepreneurship

DB - Jeff Minnerly, EASTERN WASHINGTON, Jr., Spokane, Wash., 3.83, Finance

LB - Cameron Collins, OREGON STATE, Sr., Santa Monica, Calif., 3.48, Business finance

LB - Logan Ketchum, SAN DIEGO STATE, Sr., Oak Park, Calif., 3.59, English

LB - Paul Vassallo, ARIZONA, Sr., Reno, Nev., 3.48, Pre-public health

DL - Blake Oliaro, SAN DIEGO, So., Folsom, Calif., 3.62, Mechanical engineering

DL - Ernest Owusu, CALIFORNIA, Sr., Nashville, Tenn., 3.31, Political economy

DL - Dan Pela, NORTHERN ARIZONA, Sr., Phoenix, Ariz., 3.59, Health science

DL - Brandon Roberts, CAL POLY SAN LUIS OBISPO, Sr., Atascadero, Calif., 3.81, Natural resources management

P - Sean Sellwood, UTAH, Jr., Salt Lake City, Utah, 3.78, Exercise sport science




Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major

Cecilia Agraz FRESNO STATE Jr. Hanford, Calif. 4.00 Communication & political science

Stephanie Browne STANFORD Gr. Danville, Calif. 3.95 Sociology

Lauren Campbell NORTHERN ARIZONA Jr. Covington, Wash. 4.00 Mechanical engineering

Katherine Fischer OREGON Jr. Los Altos, Calif. 4.02 Accounting

Liz McArthur UTAH STATE Sr. St. George, Utah 3.76 Family, consumer & human dev.

Tanya Schmidt SANTA CLARA Sr. Cupertino, Calif. 3.97 English



Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major

Katie Bailey NORTHERN ARIZONA Sr. Ontario, Calif. 3.58 Marketing

Marissa Brand FRESNO STATE Jr. Cypress, Calif. 3.85 Criminology / forensic science

Kanani Danielson HAWAI’I Sr. Ewa Beach, Hawai'i 3.40 Interdisciplinary studies

Kylie Edinger GONZAGA Jr. Billings, Mont. 3.95 Human physiology

Kim Hill PEPPERDINE Sr. Portland, Ore. 3.37 Religion

Robin Rostratter CALIFORNIA Jr. San Diego, Calif. 3.87 Media studies / Spanish

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