Codd, Bettinson Headline Volleyball All-Academic Team
Saint Martin's Jennifer Codd (left) and Western Oregon's Alisha Bettinson are two of 10 three-time selections to the Volleyball All-Academic Team.
Saint Martin's Jennifer Codd (left) and Western Oregon's Alisha Bettinson are two of 10 three-time selections to the Volleyball All-Academic Team.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. – It is tough to manage the rigors of both a college academic load and a college athletic career. Two seniors, however, have succeeded in both to headline the 2017 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Volleyball All-Academic Team.

Saint Martin’s senior libero Jennifer Codd and Western Oregon senior outside hitter Alisha Bettinson are among the top academic performers among the 65 total selections to the team. The two seniors are among 11 players on the squad to carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.80 or better and among nine three-time selections to the squad.

Codd, who has a 3.93 GPA as a biology major, has been a four-year member of the Saints’ volleyball team. She has appeared in four matches this season as a defensive specialist.

Bettinson, who has a 3.84 GPA as a business major, has been a key member of the Western Oregon lineup all season. The senior leads the Wolves and is fifth in the GNAC with an average of 3.53 kills per set and ranks seventh with 3.92 points per set.

Codd leads five GNAC players to compile a 3.90 GPA or better. She is joined by Central Washington sophomores Niki Cook and Kacee O’Brien; Concordia sophomore Jessica Wheeler and Western Oregon’s Jenna Compton. The team also features 11 players to compile a 3.80 GPA or better.

A total of 27 honorees, accounting for 42 percent of the team, are repeat selections. Ten of those have earned their third selections to the All-Academic Team. Joining Codd and Bettinson for the third year are Northwest Nazarene’s Hailey Cook and Jacquelyn Johnson, Saint Martin’s Nicolette Nesbitt, Seattle Pacific’s Colleen Hannigan and Sophie Kuehl, Simon Fraser’s Christine Howlett, Western Oregon’s Sydney Blankinship and Western Washington’s Kristina Tribley.

Of the 64 selections, 11 were named to the All-GNAC Team in 2016. The list includes 2016 Newcomer of the Year Michele Brown from Concordia, first-team selection and 2017 Preseason Player of the Year Leah Swiss from Alaska Anchorage. Other first-team selections on the All-Academic Team include Central Washington's Sabrina Wheelhouse, Northwest Nazarene’s Kendra Bodine and Western Washington’s Abby Phelps.

Concordia and Central Washington led all 11 GNAC teams with nine honorees each on the Volleyball All-Academic Team followed by Northwest Nazarene and Saint Martin’s with seven.

To qualify for the GNAC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must be of sophomore standing or better, be in their second season competing at their current institution and have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or better.


Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Maddie Davis Criminal Justice Sr. 3.41 Puyallup, Wash.
Jenna Hickel Business Management So. 3.43 Anchorage, Alaska
Rachel Nichols Criminal Justice Sr. 3.23 Riverton, Utah
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Vanessa Hayes Psychology So. 3.66 Salem, Ore.
* Chrisalyn Johnson Mechanical Engineering Jr. 3.62 Anchorage, Alaska
* Taylor Noga Civil Engineering Jr. 3.55 Anchorage, Alaska
* Leah Swiss Global Logistics
& Supply Chain Mgt.
Jr. 3.62 Anchorage, Alaska
Anais Vargas Elementary Education Sr. 3.22 Greeley, Colo.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Gabrielle Aihara Undeclared So. 3.67 Newberg, Ore.
Niki Cook Undeclared So. 3.96 Meridian, Idaho
* Sarah Joffs Elementary Education Sr. 3.68 Yakima, Wash.
Taylor Martin Undeclared So. 3.28 Sandpoint, Idaho
* Maggie McTaggart PESH Jr. 3.44 Burlington, Wash.
Kacee O’Brien Undeclared So. 3.94 Leavenworth, Wash.
Bridgette Webb Undeclared So. 3.84 Yakima, Wash.
* Madison Weg Undeclared Jr. 3.47 Lynden, Wash.
 Sabrina Wheelhouse Public Relations Sr. 3.29 Eugene, Ore.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Colby Barnette Business Sr. 3.79 Puyallup, Wash.
* Britt Beyer English Jr. 3.78 Tucson, Ariz.
MacKenzie Blay Business So. 3.67 Gold River, Calif.
Michele Brown Marketing Sr. 3.24 Issaquah, Wash.
Anna Dols Business So. 3.88 Northfield, Minn.
Tara Fishback Psychology Sr. 3.21 Edmonds, Wash.
Tori Johnson Education Jr. 3.71 Estacada, Ore.
Mikala Pratt Business So. 3.58 Snohomish, Wash.
Jessica Wheeler Elementary Education So. 3.93 Estacada, Ore.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Miranda McConnell Health & Human Performance Jr. 3.42 Sandy, Utah
Taylor Sherman Human Services So. 3.45 Parker, Colo.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Kendra Bodine Recreation & Sport Management Sr. 3.33 Eugene, Ore.
*+ Hailey Cook Nursing Sr. 3.35 Nampa, Idaho
*+ Jacquelyn Johnson Secondary Education: Biology Sr. 3.64 Bakersfield, Calif.
Megan Nelson Biology: Pre-Medicine So. 3.88 Boise, Idaho
Kayla Sale Secondary Education So. 3.42 Caldwell, Idaho
* Shayli Siegfreid Communications Jr. 3.83 Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Mari Thomas Secondary Education Sr. 3.34 Chico, Calif.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
*+ Jennifer Codd Biology Sr. 3.93 Gilbert, Ariz.
* Rachel Gondrezick Biology Jr. 3.24 Salt Lake City, Utah
Ililani Kamaka Social Work So. 3.47 Kailua, Hawaii
Liz Larson Biology Jr. 3.86 Snoqualmie, Wash.
*+ Nicolette Nesbitt Biology Sr. 3.49 Woodland, Wash.
Emma Tran Undeclared So. 3.67 Everett, Wash.
* Megan Vernoy Education Jr. 3.78 Brentwood, Calif.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Mallie Donohoe Business Administration So. 3.49 Wildomar, Calif.
* Amanda Ganete Applied Human Biology Jr. 3.61 Hillsboro, Ore.
*+ Colleen Hannigan Business Administration Sr. 3.60 Brentwood, Calif.
*+ Sophie Kuehl Communications Sr. 3.53 Vancouver, Wash.
Hannah Lautenbach Nursing Sr. 3.26 Portland, Ore.
Gabby Oddo Business Administration So. 3.43 Alta Loma, Calif.
Nicole Tchabanov Business Administration So. 3.24 San Ramon, Calif.
* Symone Tran Biochemistry Jr. 3.71 Portland, Ore.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Jayme Bratsberg Molecular Biology Jr. 3.56 North Vancouver, B.C.
Katerina Dolguikh Cognitive Science So. 3.77 Ottawa, Ont.
*+ Christine Howlett Business Sr. 3.51 Delta, B.C.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
*+ Alisha Bettinson Business Sr. 3.84 Richland, Wash.
*+ Sydney Blankinship Community Health Sr. 3.32 Portland, Ore.
* Mackenzie Bowen Business Jr. 3.67 Olympia, Wash.
Jenna Compton Business So. 3.97 Phelan, Calif.
* Leila Holt Art Jr. 3.34 Manoa, Hawaii
Maddie Mehciz Exercise Science Jr. 3.52 Petaluma, Calif.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Joslyn Bopray Accounting So. 3.54 Spokane, Wash.
* Michaela Hall Kinesiology Jr. 3.72 Centralia, Wash.
* Abby Phelps Elementary Education Jr. 3.51 Manson, Wash.
Kazlyn Roullier Multidisciplinary Studies So. 3.25 Spokane Valley, Wash.
Mae Thungc Business Administration So. 3.41 Kent, Wash.
*+ Kristina Tribley Biology Sr. 3.59 Wenatchee, Wash.

* - 2016 All-Academic Selection   + - 2015 All-Academic Selection