Colorado senior Stephanie Shadley was tabbed to the Pac-12 All-Academic volleyball second team for the second straight year, while four other Buffs, Naghede Abu, Anna Pfefferle, Alexa Smith and Rachel Whipple, were selected to the honorable mention squad.
This is Shadley’s third overall academic honor, her second straight on the second team. She was also an honorable mention selection in 2015. Pfefferle is also making her third overall appearance, while it is the second for Abu and the first for Smith.
To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.
Shadley, an outside hitter, is a double-major in communication and the classics and owns a 3.57 GPA. She has played an important role this season coming off the bench to play a variety of positions.
Abu, a middle blocker, has earned a 3.27 GPA while majoring in accounting and finance with a leadership minor. She has started in all 31 contests and is one of three Buffs who played in all 119 sets.
Pfefferle, another middle blocker, is a management major with a 3.49 GPA. She is averaging 0.87 blocks per set, which is second on the team.
Smith is an outside hitter who has recorded a 3.09 GPA while majoring in marketing. She leads the team and ranks seventh in the Pac-12 with 4.01 kills per set and 4.41 points per set, and adds 2.90 digs per set and 0.39 blocks per set.
Whipple, a defensive specialist, has earned a 3.65 GPA while majoring in integrative physiology. She has seen time in 28 of 31 matches, and has played in 86 sets.