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Three Blue Devils Collect All-ACC Academic Honors
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/09/2017
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DURHAM, N.C. – Senior Sasha Karelov, junior Anna Kropf and freshman Cindy Marina represented Duke on the 2016 All-ACC Academic Team as announced by the league Thursday.

Karelov earns the honor for the third time in her career while Kropf and Marina make their first All-ACC Academic Team appearances.

Florida State, Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh led the league with four selections each, followed by Duke North Carolina and NC State’s three honorees apiece.

Duke’s starting libero, Karelov anchored the back row and collected 2016 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, AVCA Honorable Mention All-America, AVCA All-East Coast Region and First Team All-ACC honors to end her senior season. She led the conference with 634 digs and a 5.42 digs-per-set average that also ranked eighth nationally.

Kropf played in 23 of Duke’s 30 matches, seeing time at both rightside hitter and outside hitter. She knocked down a career-best 129 kills on 368 attempts while also totaling 28 blocks. Kropf hit .625 with 11 kills against LSU and collected Duke Invitational All-Tournament Team honors.

Marina, a setter from Temecula, Calif., played in every set this season to earn AVCA All-East Coast Honorable Mention and ACC All-Freshman Team honors. She led the league in assists per set (11.11) and totaled a team-high 27 service aces and 17 double-doubles.

Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career for undergraduate students. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.

The conference will release the ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, in July.

2016 All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team

Leah Perri % Sr. Health Science Clemson
Sasha Karelov # Sr. Public Policy Studies Duke
Anna Kropf Jr. Economics Duke
Cindy Marina Fr. Undeclared Duke
Katie Horton Sr. Sport Management Florida State
Melanie Keil Sr. Dietetics Florida State
Hailey Luke @ Sr. Sport Management Florida State
Milica Kubura @ Jr. Actuarial Science Florida State
London Ackermann Sr. Business Administration Georgia Tech
Becca Martin Sr. Industrial Engineering Georgia Tech
Teegan Van Gunst # Sr. Mechanical Engineering Georgia Tech
Annika Van Gunst Sr. Mechanical Engineering Georgia Tech
Janelle Jenkins # Sr. MAT Louisville
Tess Clark @ Jr. Marketing Louisville
Olga Strantzali @ Jr. Public Relations Miami
Hannah Sorensen Fr. Entrepreneurship Miami
Abigail Curry # Sr. Business Administration North Carolina
Taylor Fricano Sr. Psychology North Carolina
Taylor Leath Jr. Media and Journalism North Carolina
Rachel Eppley Sr. Business Administration NC State
Julia Brown Jr. Business Administration NC State
Kaitlyn Kearney # Jr. Business Administration NC State
Ryann DeJarld So. Undecided Notre Dame
Jemma Yeardon Fr. Pre-Professional Notre Dame
Jenn Potts # Sr. Media & Professional Communications Pittsburgh
Mariah Bell Jr. Information Sciences/Administration of Justice Pittsburgh
Kamalani Akeo So. HR Management Pittsburgh
Stephanie Williams RFr. Healthcare & Rehab Science Pittsburgh
Belle Sand Jr. Economics Syracuse
Santita Ebangwese @ So. Bioengineering Syracuse
Haley Kole # Sr. Foreign Affairs Virginia
Lindsey Owens # Sr. Biology Virginia Tech
Rhegan Mitchell @ Jr. HNFE Virginia Tech
Caroline Rassenfoss Fr. Undeclared Wake Forest
Kylie Long Jr. Communication Wake Forest


@ denotes two-time honoree
# denotes three-time honoree
% denotes four-time honoree

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