Former Grizzly Walters honored

Former Ashland High volleyball star Jessica Walters was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Eight Team on Thursday.

Walters, a junior outside hitter for UNLV, was tabbed to the first team for the second straight year. She is now eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America status by virtue of being placed on the district's first team.

Walters is no stranger to receiving academic recognition. She has been named to the Mountain West Conference's Academic All-Conference Team the past two years. She also has been honored on the MWC's Scholar-Athlete Team twice.

Walters has also been named a recipient of the Top Sports Award in 2007-08. She went one step further and took home UNLV's Most Outstanding Female Athlete honors in April 2008.

Walters, who helped Ashland claim its first and only state championship in 2005, has made each of the four all-tournament teams that the Rebels participated in this season. Heading into last weekend, she leads the team in kills (268) and kills-per-game (3.23). She has hit for double-digits in 15 of UNLV's 24 matches and has eight matches of 15 or more kills and one in which she tallied more than 20. Against Arizona State on Aug. 29, Walters collected a career-best 27 kills while hitting at a .404 clip. She set a career-best in hitting efficiency when she smashed a .520 at BYU (Oct. 11). She also knocked down 14 kills with only one error in 25 swings.

To be nominated, the student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his or her career. No athlete is eligible until they have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their current institution.

SOU Volleyball

Southern Oregon's Leanne Stennett and Lindsey Stone both earned weekly honors handed out Monday by the Cascade Conference.

Stennett was named the Cascade Conference's Player of the Week and for the seventh time this year; Stone earned the setter of the week award.

Stennett, a sophomore outside hitter, came away with 25 kills and 15 digs in the victories over Corban and Concordia last week. Stone, a junior All-American setter, finished with 75 assists in the two three-game sweeps.

The Raiders travel to the College of Idaho this weekend for the semifinals and finals of the Cascade Conference Tournament.

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