The College Sports Information
Directors of America (CoSIDA) Wednesday named Abilene Christian senior
Jennie Hutt to the Capital One Academic All-America Division II
Volleyball first team. This award, which is among the most prestigious
in all of collegiate athletics, is presented to those
student-athletes who have displayed excellence both on the court and in
was one of just six players nationwide voted to the first team, joining
Jennifer Costello (Missouri Science
and Tech), Anna Garrison (Montevallo), Grace Krauser (Wingate), Mollie
Lacy (Washburn) and Academic All-America of the Year Keala Peterson
is a huge honor for me and it's great to go out on such a high note,"
Hutt said. "The last four years have
been the biggest of my life, I've had to learn so much, and couldn't
have succeeded without my teammates and coaches. I feel this award is as
much an honor for them as it is for me."
Hutt credited the ACU coaching staff of head coach Kellen Mock and assistant coach Jason Bibler for making academics
a top priority for everyone on the team.
coaches were always breathing down our necks, whether it was about
getting our homework assignments done
or going to study hall," she said. "They also kept us on track for
studying, and set up progress checks and tutors ... they wanted us to get
the most out of our abilities."
student-athletes have collectively earned 75 Academic All-America
citations, which is the third highest
total among all Texas schools behind only the University of Texas and
Rice. The Wildcats rank ahead of Baylor, Texas A&M and Southern
is the fourth member of the ACU volleyball team to be named Academic
All-America, but the first tabbed to
a first team. She is also the 49th individual Wildcat to receive this
title and second this fall joining sophomore soccer player Brie
Buschman, who was a third team Academic All-America.
was honored earlier this year for academics in being named the Lone
Star Conference's Academic Player of
the Year, and was one of three Wildcats picked to the CoSIDA Academic
All-District 6 first team along with Kalynne Allen and Neely Borger.
Mock, who has served the ACU volleyball program as both player and coach, believes her players have done a great
job of keeping academics near the forefront of the team's culture.
have really been important to this program because it allows our
players to be involved in something
more than just hitting balls around," Mock said. "It's my goal to see
these girls work toward their degree and graduate as well-rounded
A psychology major with a 3.90 grade-point average, Hutt enjoyed a spectacular final season in which she helped
lead the Wildcats back to the NCAA postseason behind a 21-14 record and third-place showing in the Lone Star Conference.
finished her career as one of ACU's top attackers and racked up the
fourth most kills in school history
with 1,543, as well as the sixth most recorded in a single season with
518 (2011). Additionally, her 3.78 kills per match this year ranked
third (46th nationally) within the conference, while her 4.20 points per
match placed her second (60th).
on-court performances resulted in her earning two Lone Star Conference
Player of the Week awards, spots
on the Daktronics and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA)
all-region first teams, and the title of honorable mention All-America.
has earned lots of well-deserved praise while always putting the team
first even when accepting individual
awards, and that's why we loved having her on the team," Mock said. "She
is someone who puts in a full 100 percent effort into anything she
does, so we're glad she wanted to play volleyball for us."
A member of the Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Chi Honor societies, Hutt has been named to ACU's Dean's Honor Roll on
six occasions and is a recipient of John C. Stephens scholarship.