Anna Dorn Earns Second-Straight Academic All-District Selection
Nov. 7, 2013
Champaign, Ill. – University of Illinois middle blocker Anna Dorn was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 5 First Team this afternoon, marking the second-straight season that the fourth-year player has earn First Team honors. In order to be considered for Academic All-District honors, a student-athlete must be in at least his or her second year at an institution, have a grade-point average of 3.3 or better, and be a starter or significant contributor to the team.
As a first-team selection, Dorn will advance to Academic All-America voting, which concludes on Nov. 19, with the announcement of the Academic All-America teams coming on Thursday, Dec. 12.
Dorn’s numbers have dropped somewhat this season after missing the entire spring and summer due to offseason knee surgery, but the redshirt junior still ranks third on the team in blocks (67) and leads all attackers with a .298 hitting percentage against the Illini’s brutal schedule.
The middle blocker ranks seventh all-time at Illinois in career hitting percentage (.347), 10th in career block assists (345) and 15th in total blocks (357), with a full season of eligibility left.
In her previous two seasons, Dorn was named to four All-Tournament teams, including all three in 2012, and proved herself one of the greatest middle blockers to play in Champaign. As a sophomore, the Munster, Ind., native ranked 19th in the nation with a .383 hitting percentage, hitting at least .400 in 14 matches on the season, including a streak of eight straight to start September.
Dorn led Illinois in total blocks (183) and hitting percentage (.344) in 2011, ranking fourth in the Big Ten and 31st in the nation in blocks per set (1.28) in all matches. She also ranked third in the conference with 1.36 blocks per set in Big Ten matches and ranked third nationally among freshmen in blocks per set. Her 183 total blocks on the season ranked third in school history, and she tied the single-match school record with 13 block assists in a win at No. 8 Penn State.