Brand Honored With Third Academic All-District Nod
Nov. 7, 2013
By Geoff Thurner
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State redshirt senior Marissa Brand was rewarded for her hard work in the classroom Thursday with her third straight CoSIDA Academic All-District honor.
The outside hitter from Cypress, Calif., was one of seven volleyball players named to the District 16 squad with Kristina Graven (St. Mary's), Rebecca Kopilovitch (San Francisco), Natalie Hagglund (USC), Kat Schulz (Pacific), Tayla Woods (Oregon State) and Madeline Westman (UNLV).
A criminology major focusing on forensic science and a psychology minor, Brand sports a 3.92 cumulative GPA and was a First-Team selection in 2012 and Second-Team choice in 2011.
Besides Brand and Westman, a third MW player received similar honors - Ayesha Hein of Air Force - on the District 15 squad.
Brand and the Academic All-District Team was chosen by a vote of college sports information directors. Nominees must sport a 3.30 minimum cumulative grade point average, be at least a sophomore returnee at her school, and be a starter or important reserve (and played at least 50 percent of their team's contests).
On the court, Brand ranks top-three for the team in kills (second, 3.06 p/s) and points (third, 3.44 p/s) this season. In the MW, she also stands ninth in kills, while her 3.96 average in MW-only matches ranks second-best in the league.
The former All-WAC choice Brand has led the team in kills in six matches; four times in points; three times in hitting; and twice in aces and digs. She has three, 20-kill matches vs. San Jose State (22), American (21) and Air Force (20) among her 13 double-digit kill efforts the last 14 matches (including seven double-doubles).
Looking ahead, Brand is now eligible for Capital One Academic All-America honors that will be announced in mid-December, and hopes to join former teammate Cecilia Agraz who became the Bulldogs' first Academic All-American in 2011 and was a three-time Academic All-District choice.
More information on Academic All-District and Academic All-America honors is available at the www.cosida.com website at the http://www.cosida.com/aa and http://cosida.com/awards/allamerica.aspx URL addresses.
Looking ahead, the `Dogs (15-10, 9-4) next host San Diego State (12-11, 7-6) on Saturday, Nov. 9 at noon - an hour earlier than originally scheduled.
Promotions-wise, Saturday's contest is White Out Day, and all Bulldog fans are encouraged to wear white, while the first 200 fans will get a FREE `Our State' shirt.
2013 CoSIDA Academic All-District Honorees
District 8 - FIRST TEAM
District 9 - FIRST TEAM
District 11 - FIRST TEAM
District 12 - FIRST TEAM
District 14 - FIRST TEAM
District 15 - FIRST TEAM
District 16 - FIRST TEAM
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