Graves Makes Academic All-District VB Team

News Release Date:
Thursday, November 6, 2008

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Alex Graves, a junior standout on the Whitman College volleyball team, has earned Academic All-District honors.

           Alex Graves

Graves, an outside hitter from Palo Alto, Calif., received Third-Team honors in the College Division for District VIII, which includes all NCAA Div. II/Div. III and NAIA schools in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona, as well as British Columbia.

Graves, a team captain and biology major at Whitman, ranks among the Northwest Conference volleyball leaders in three categories. She is No. 2 in kills (3.83 kpg), No. 3 in digs (4.30 dpg), and No. 8 in service aces (.33 sapg).

Graves has had several strong matches over the course of the season, slamming 20 or more kills on four occasions. She had 20 kills, 20 digs and four service aces in four games against George Fox, and she hit .391 with 23 kills in four games against Pacific Lutheran. She also had a career-high 24 kills and 18 digs in a recent five-game upset of Puget Sound.

Graves, who is pursuing a minor in Spanish, plans to study in Madrid, Spain, during the 2009 spring semester. Two summers ago she worked an internship for a free health clinic in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This summer she hopes to concentrate on biology laboratory research in preparation for eventual graduate studies in the biotech field.

Her volunteer activities at Whitman have included two semesters of service with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. As part of the committee's reading program at local elementary schools, Graves read to students in Spanish. 

Graves is one of only two NWC players honored among the 18 players chosen for one of the three Academic All-American teams. The other NWC representative is Beth Hanna, a sophomore at Pacific Lutheran University.

Graves is a graduate of Henry Gunn High School in Palo Alto.

The College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA) administers the Academic All-America program, which is in its 58th year and has honored more than 14,000 students at all levels for all recognized NCAA sports. ESPN The Magazine sponsors the program.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902;