Nov. 28, 2007
AUBURN - For the second year in a row, Auburn University senior Rachel Shanks was named to t he ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Wednesday.
Shanks, a native of Madison, Ala., was named to the first team after picking up third-team honors as a junior. Earlier this season, she was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All District IV First Team for the second year in a row.
"It is very exciting to get this honor again," said Shanks. "It is very nice to be recognized for your work done on the court and off the court and I'm very surprised and honored."
Shanks, who is in her first year of pharmacy school at Auburn, holds a 4.00 grade-point average during her time at Auburn. She started each match for the Tigers this season and led the team in kills per game (3.75), while finishing second on the team in digs per game (3.20). She also recorded 20 double-doubles this season.
Maintaining her GPA while competing on the court as Auburn's top outside hitter, Shanks says the key for her has been focusing on the task at hand and managing her time.
"Balancing between school and volleyball, you just have to make sure that it is all about what you are doing at that moment - thinking about volleyball when you are in the gym and thinking about school when you are not," said Shanks. "You just get used to having to manage your time and making sure that you take care of things early and get them done, you have to be very disciplined."
The two-time SEC Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year finished her Auburn career ranked fifth all-time with 1,319 kills and third with 1,158 digs. She is just the fourth Auburn player ever to tally both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.
She was named to the UTSA Classic All-Tournament Team as well as MVP of the War Eagle Invitational.
In addition to her on-court success, the senior is also a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll as well as being a member of the dean's list. She has also been named Auburn Academic Top Tiger and was a part of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.