Dec. 12, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - A pair of Auburn senior volleyball players earned national honors Thursday as Camila Jersonsky and Chelsea Wintzingerwere named Capital One Academic All-Americans by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
They were the only two honorees from the Southeastern Conference. Jersonsky was named to the Academic All-America first team, and Wintzinger earned a selection to the third team. They are the third and fourth all-time Auburn selections to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team, and it marks the first time for Auburn to have two selections in the same year.
"We are obviously very proud of Cam and Chelsea," Auburn coach Rick Noldsaid. "They have been outstanding leaders for our program on and off the court this year and throughout their career, and it's great that they are being recognized for their hard work in the classroom as well."
Jersonsky, a middle blocker from Buenos Aires, Argentina, has a 3.86 GPA as a double-major in electrical engineering and polymer and fiber engineering. Earlier this month, she was named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for volleyball and also to the All-SEC Volleyball Team.
On the court, Jersonsky finished her career as Auburn's all-time leader in hitting percentage (.355) with 894 career kills on 1,853 attempts with just 237 errors. She also finished in the top 10 in four career blocking categories - sixth in total blocks (368) and block assists (317), seventh in blocks per set (0.92) and 10th in solo blocks (51). This season, Jersonsky was second on the team with 302 kills (2.80/set) and a team-leading .352 hitting percentage. She also recorded a team-best 107 blocks (0.99/set) for an average of 3.37 points/set on the year.
A native of Huntsville, Ala., Wintzinger wrapped up her Auburn career as a three-year starter at setter for the Tigers. She is currently pursuing her pharmacy degree from the Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn. Heading into this semester, she had a 3.93 cumulative GPA. She has also been a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection.
This season, Wintzinger started all 30 matches at setter for the Tigers and amassed 669 assists (6.19/set) in Auburn's 6-2 offense. She also contributed 222 digs (2.06/set) and had 12 double-doubles on the year. Wintzinger was also Auburn's top server with 35 aces on the season (0.32/set), which ranked third in the SEC. Wintzinger finished her career with 2,654 assists, which ranks fourth in Auburn history. She also contributed 872 digs, 87 kills and 95 service aces over her four seasons with the Tigers.
Auburn was one of two schools nationally to have two selections to the Capital One Academic All-America Team; Northern Iowa was the other.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at her current institution and be nominated by her sports information director.
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2013 Capital One Academic All-America Volleyball Team
Stephanie Arnold, Eastern Illinois
Natalie Hagglund, Southern California
Camila Jersonsky, Auburn
Shelby Kintzel, Northern Iowa
Sallie McLaurin, Oklahoma
Katie Slay, Penn State
Emma Deininger, Radford
Becca Haraf, Liberty
Ayesha Hein, U.S. Air Force Academy
Annika Foit, LIU Brooklyn
Elizabeth Koberstein, Marquette
Macy Ubben, Northern Iowa
Courtney Cohen, Troy
Kristen Kelsay, Michigan State
Ali McCurdy, Duke
Brieanna Merriwether, NC State
Veronica Munkeby, North Dakota
Bailey Webster, Texas
Chelsea Wintzinger, Auburn