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Reuther is Xavier's first female Academic All-American

Taylor Reuther

Taylor Reuther

     December 10, 2012

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     NEW ORLEANS — Taylor Reuther is Xavier University of Louisiana's first female to be named Capital One Academic All-America®. Reuther, an outside hitter in volleyball, was chosen to the college division third team.
     The College Sports Information Directors of America announced the team Monday. CoSIDA has sponsored the Academic All-America program since 1952. The college division consists of NAIA, National Junior College Athletic Association and Canadian members.
     Reuther, a 5-foot-7 sophomore outside hitter from Metairie, La., and a graduate of St. Mary's Dominican High School, is a pre-pharmacy major with a 3.90 grade-point average. She led the Gold Nuggets in kills, aces and digs for the second consecutive season. This year she was among the NAIA leaders in aces per set, and she was chosen Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
     "Taylor is an amazing young lady, off and on the court.," XU coach Christabell Hamilton said. "She is quite the perfectionist when it comes to her academic aspirations. She is more hard on herself than anyone else is in that aspect. She transfers the same mentality onto the court. She is a team player and a spectacular leader.
     "I am excited for her to be recognized for her hard work as a student-athlete. I am very proud of her for representing herself, Xavier and especially her family well."
     Reuther is the fourth from Xavier to be chosen to an Academic All-America squad. The other three were in men's track and field/cross country: Matt Pieri (second team) and Javon Mead (third team) in 2012 and Joe Drexler-Dreis (second team) in 2009.
     Academic All-Americans are starters or important reserves with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale. They also must have completed at least one full calendar year at their current institution and reached sophomore athletic eligibility. Reuther were announced Nov. 8 as Academic All-District 4, which automatically advanced her for national consideration.
     Of the 19 players on the Academic All-America team, Reuther is the only sophomore.
     Senior setter Paula Ferreira of Columbia (Mo.) College was chosen College Division All-America of the Year for the second consecutive season.
     Xavier won the GCAC regular-season and tournament championships and qualified for the NAIA National Championships each of the past two seasons. The Gold Nuggets are 45-15 during Reuther's two seasons, 28-0 against GCAC opponents. Xavier was 22-8 in 2012 and set a school record with 11 consecutive road victories.

2012 Capital One Academic All-America
Women's Volleyball
College Division First Team
Name School Yr. Hometown GPA and Major
Anastasija Baranovska Madonna Sr. Riga, Latvia 3.91 English
Lauren Crump IU-East Sr. Indianapolis, Ind. 3.79 Communication Studies
Desiree Erikson Doane Sr. Comstock, Neb. 3.95 Biochemistry
Paula Ferreira Columbia (Mo.) Sr. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3.92 International Business and Management
Lindsey Oberacker Point Park Sr. Erie, Pa. 3.96 Biology, Pre-Medical
Katie Zent Jamestown Sr. Lefor, N.D. 3.94 Biology
College Division Second Team
Name School Yr. Hometown GPA and Major
Sydne Abel Kansas Wesleyan Sr. Lincoln, Neb. 4.00 English
Rae Brandes Indiana Wesleyan Jr. Twin Lakes, Wis. 3.89 Exercise Science, Pre-Physical Therapy
Sabra Clark Oklahoma Baptist Sr. Andover, Kan. 3.82 Pre-Allied Health
Kelly Cole Asbury Jr. Lexington, Ky. 4.00 Elementary Education
Ally Fast Brock Sr. St. Catharines, Ontario 4.00 Kinesiology
Taryn Nash Spring Hill Jr. Independence, Mo. 3.98 International Studies
College Division Third Team
Name School Yr. Hometown GPA and Major
Kaitlin Feddema Trinity Christian Jr. Kalamazoo, Mich. 3.80 Business Communication
Fei Gao Concordia (Calif.) Sr. Qingdao, China 3.85 Business Administration
Yui Iwase Indiana Wesleyan Sr. Plano, Texas 3.48 Pre-Medical, Biology
Lauren Percival Mount Vernon Nazarene Sr. Amherst, Ohio 3.71 Biology
Gina Porto Mount Vernon Nazarene Sr. Tipp City, Ohio 3.88 Biology
Taylor Reuther Xavier So. Metairie, La. 3.90 Pre-Pharmacy
Calle Solie Mid-America Christian Sr. Glendale, Ariz. 3.96 English, Business Administration


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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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