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    Two Illini named Academic All-District
    Lizzie Bazzetta leads the Big Ten in assists

    Lizzie Bazzetta leads the Big Ten in assists

    Nov. 16, 2006

    Champaign, Ill. - Two Illinois volleyball players have been named ESPN the Magazine Third Team Academic District Five for the University Division. Senior defensive specialist Beth Vrdsky and sophomore setter Lizzie Bazzetta earned the honor from members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

    District Five includes Division I universities in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba. In order to be considered, athletes must be in their second year academically at the school, have a minimum 3.20 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, and be a starter or regular contributor. The nominees are then voted on by members of CoSIDA serving schools in each district.

    Bazzetta, a biology major, leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth in the nation in assists with 13.64 per game. She was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 2 after leading the Illini to wins over Northwestern and Iowa. Bazzetta was also named to the All-Tournament team at the Marquette Kickoff Tournament in early September. In the last seven matches, she has registered 60 or more assists twice.

    A sociology major, Vrdsky has excelled not only on the volleyball court and in the classroom, but also as a member of the University of Illinois Air Force ROTC program. Her success has earned her a coveted slot into the Air Force flight school. On the court, Vrdsky set the school's all-time single-season digs record with 520 last season and enters this weekend's play just one dig shy of fourth on the Illinois career digs list (1,331). She represented Illinois in the Big Ten's promotional campaign for the 25th Anniversary of Women's Championships.

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