Dec. 7, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Sixty-six Ohio State student-athletes have been named Academic All-Big Ten, the conference office announced Wednesday. In all, 786 conference student-athletes from seven sports were honored.
To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
The women's soccer team led the way for Ohio State with 17 honorees, followed by field hockey with 11 and football and men's soccer with 10. Eight men's cross country student-athletes were named Academic All-Big Ten while women's cross country had six and women's volleyball recorded four.
Nora Murer, a sophomore marketing major on the field hockey team, led the Ohio State honorees with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.
The women's volleyball team, led by All-Big Ten selections Mari Hole and Emily Danks, has reached the Sweet Sixteen for the second-consecutive year following a 3-2 win over 14th-seed Tennessee, Dec. 2, in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championships. Ohio State takes on third-seeded Illinois in a regional semifinal at 5 p.m. Friday in Gainesville, Fla.
The women's soccer team finished the year with its second-consecutive Sweet Sixteen appearance. The 2011 senior class, led by first team All-Big Ten defender and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection Danielle Scoliere, wraps up their careers with 51 victories, tied for the most in Ohio State history.
The field hockey team also reached the Sweet Sixteen for the second-consecutive season after a second-place finish in the Big Ten. Senior Jenn Sciulli was named an NFHCA All-American after garner Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, first team All-Big Ten and All-West Region laurels.
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