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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Junior setter Allison Penner (Aurora, Neb./Aurora) has earned the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District honors for her performance on the court and in the classroom this season. Penner is now eligible for Academic All-America honors against other first team selections across the eight districts, nationwide.

Penner is the third Spartan to earn the award, and first since Branagan Fuller in the 2008 season. Lori Collins in 2005 was the other Spartan to have earned the award.

She has earned a 4.00 GPA in accounting. She has twice been named to the SoCon Honor Roll. Last year, she earned the SoCon Commissioner’s Medal and was a SoCon All-Academic performer.

Penner is a two-time first team All-SoCon performer, receiving that honor again this season. She is a former SoCon Freshman of the Year. This season, Penner has led the team with 1,150 assists, the third-straight season she has tallied over 1,000 assists. She is second on the team with 14 double-doubles, recording 285 digs on the season. She is third on the team with 2.60 digs per set. She scored a season-high 61 assists in a five-set win over American in September.

NCAA Division I – District 3

Cerlie Adorno DeJesus, Tennessee State, Sr., 4.00, Criminal Justice

Haley Barnes, High Point, Sr., 3.71, Exercise Science

Sydney Busa, Elon, Sr., 3.93, Sport and Event Management

Susie Jeziorowski, Tennessee Tech, Jr., 4.00, Computer Science

Allison Penner, UNCG, Jr., 4.00, Accounting

Kristen Stucker, Austin Peay, Jr., 4.00, Biology

Brittany Thomas, Lipscomb, Sr., 3.85, Accounting

Volleyball returns to the court tomorrow night in the Southern Conference Tournament as the three-seeded Spartans will face off with the six-seed Chattanooga Mocs at 7:30 p.m. at the Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, N.C.