PUSCHAK AND FRICK EARN ESPN THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
NEW HAVEN, CT - University of the Sciences in Philadelphia women's volleyball player Christine Puschak and Wilmington University's Meghan Frick were named to the 2009 ESPN-The Magazine College Division Academic All-District 2 Volleyball Team. Puschak was a first team selection and Frick was named to the third team.
Puschak become the second volleyball player in program history to earn First Team Academic All-District honors, following in the footsteps of Emily Roth' 08. Roth earned first team honors in 2004 and again in 2005, and was later named to the national Academic All-America team in 2005.
The District 2 College Division consists of all NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia and District of Columbia. To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a minimum 3.30 grade point average and a starter or significant reserve on her team. As a first team selection, Puschak will now be on the national ballot for the ESPN-The Magazine Academic All-America Volleyball Team which is scheduled to be announced on Monday, November 23, 2009.
Puschak, a pharmacy major pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is in her third season of play for the Devils. Christine currently boasts a 3.94 grade point average.
As a middle blocker, Puschak currently leads the Devils in total kills (248) and hitting% (.229). She ranks second on the team in kills/set (2.92), total blocks (45) and blocks/set (0.53). Her kills/set total ranks her sixth amongst CACC volleyball players while her hitting% places her ninth in the conference. Christine was named to the conference honor roll twice this season. Against WilmingtonUniversity this season, Puschak set a USP single match record with 23 kills in the Devils 3-2 win.
The former ConestogaValleyHigh School athlete was selected to the Philadelphia Area All-Academic Volleyball Team in 2008 and was a Division II Athletic Directors Association (D-II ADA) Academic Achievement Award recipient. As a freshman in 2007, Puschak earned Honorable Mention All-Conference and was named the CACC's Rookie of the Year. Career-wise Puschak is fourth on USP's all-time kills list with 807, fourth all-time in aces with 144 and eighth in total blocks with 165.
Puschak has been named to the Dean's List in each of her four previous semesters at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and was inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society in the spring of 2008.
A junior outside hitter, Frick has led the Wildcats both on the court and in the classroom. An Early Childhood Education major, she currently has a 3.70 grade point average and has made the dean's list in each of her four semesters at Wilmington. Meghan leads the Wildcats in kills (2.44/set), and is second on the squad in digs (3.69/set) and aces (42). She earned Academic All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) honors last season.
Frick becomes the first Wildcat volleyball member in school history to have earned Academic All-District honors, since Wilmington made the move to NCAA Division II in 2004.