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Nicole Elattrache, Cadie Bates & Anna Kropf
Three Blue Devils Named to All-ACC Academic Team
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 01/31/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke senior trio of Cadie Bates, Nicole Elattrache and Anna Kropf collected 2017 All-ACC Academic Team honors as announced by the league Wednesday.

Kropf earned the accolade for the second straight season while Bates and Elattrache made their first all-conference academic team appearances.

After battling injuries throughout her career, outside hitter Bates saved her best season for last, earning second team All-ACC honors in 2017. Bates played all six rotations for the Blue Devils, leading the team with 376 kills to go along with 383 digs, 51 blocks and 23 service aces. In addition, Bates become the first Blue Devil with 350-plus kills and 350-plus digs in the same season since Rachel Moss in 2008.

Elattrache picked up a team-best 523 digs and became the 23rd player in program history to reach 1,000 career digs. After entering the program as a setter and playing three seasons as a defensive specialist, Elattrache took over as Duke’s starting libero in 2017. She then finished her collegiate career with 1,210 digs, good for 13th in the Blue Devil record books. As a senior, she ranked third in the ACC in digs per set and surpassed 20 digs in eight matches.

Middle blocker Kropf set the tone at the net for the Blue Devils. As a senior, Kropf enjoyed a career season, totaling 132 blocks and 210 kills. Kropf averaged a career-high 1.10 blocks per set to rank 10th in the ACC, totaling 4.0 or more blocks in 16 matches. Against NC State Nov. 22, she amassed 14.0 blocks, the second-highest single match total in program history.

The 2017 All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team has 37 honorees, with 13 different institutions represented. Louisville led the league with six selections, followed by five for Notre Dame. Duke, Miami, North Carolina, Pitt and Syracuse each had three honorees, while Florida State, Georgia Tech, NC State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest had two, and Virginia had one student-athlete selected.

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. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.

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

2017 All-ACC Volleyball Academic Team
Cadie Bates Duke Sr. Psychology
Nicole Elattrache Duke Sr. Visual Media Studies
Anna Kropf** Duke Sr. Economics
Taryn Knuth Florida State Fr. Sport Management
Milica Kubura**** Florida State Sr. Actuarial Science
Cori Clifton Georgia Tech Fr. Biochemistry
Gabriela Stavnetchei Georgia Tech Sr. Economics & International Affairs
Jasmine Bennett Louisville Jr. Sport Administration
Tess Clark*** Louisville Sr. Marketing
Maggie DeJong** Louisville Sr. Exercise Science
Melanie McHenry Louisville So. Education
Wilma Rivera Louisville Jr. Human Resources
Molly Sauer** Louisville So. Exercise Science
Haley Templeton** Miami R-Jr. Economics/Finance/Management
Olga Strantzali*** Miami Sr. Public Relations
Hannah Sorensen** Miami So. Creative Advertising
Katharine Esterley North Carolina So. Undecided
Taylor Leath** North Carolina Sr. Political Science
Beth Nordhorn North Carolina Sr. Exercise and Sport Science
Bree Bailey NC State Gr. Youth Family and Community Sciences
Kaitlyn Kearney**** NC State Sr. Business Administration
Ryann DeJarld** Notre Dame Jr. Management Consulting
Samantha Fry** Notre Dame Sr. Management Consulting
Natalie Johnson Notre Dame Sr. Information Technology Management
Rebecca Nunge Notre Dame Jr. PreProfessional
Jemma Yeadon** Notre Dame So. Neuroscience & Behavior
Kamalani Akeo** Pitt Jr. Human Resources Management
Chinaza Ndee Pitt Fr. Undecided
Stephanie Williams** Pitt R-So. Exercise Science
Belle Sand Syracuse Sr. Economics
Santita Ebangwese*** Syracuse Jr. Bioengineering
Ella Saada Syracuse Fr. Undeclared
Sarah Billiard Virginia Fr. Undeclared
Ester Talamazzi Virginia Tech Fr. Business
Jaila Tolbert Virginia Tech Jr. Business
Kylie Long** Wake Forest Sr. Communication
Caroline Wolf** Wake Forest Sr. Business

* Denotes Number of All-ACC Academic Honors

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