NORTON, MA- Wheaton College women's volleyball senior Lauren Kraus (Westboro, MA/Westboro) landed the second ESPN The Magazine Academic College Division All-District I accolade of her career, placing on the first team to qualify for the Academic All-America ballot. The teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Kraus, who became the first player in program history to earn a CoSIDA honor when she was named to the Academic All-District third team as a sophomore, was one of six players to land on the first team and one of 18 student-athletes honored between three squads. The mathematics major, who is minoring in both French and statistics, has twice qualified for New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) academic all-league laurels.
The team leader in hitting percentage this past season, Kraus was second on Wheaton in each kills (364), blocks (68) and service aces (55). A middle hitter, Kraus finished her career fourth in program history in attacks and sets played, fifth in kills, sixth in hitting percentage, seventh in blocks and eighth in aces. She became the sixth player in school annals to tally 1,000 kills, finishing with 1,143, and appeared in 132 of a possible 133 matches over four years.
Kraus, a second-year team captain, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the country's most prestigious liberal arts and sciences honor society. She has also been active with the Wheaton Athletic Mentors (WAMs), earned Dean's List honors and qualified for the Wheaton Presidential Award, which requires a minimum 3.75 grade-point average. Additionally, Kraus has been a calculus teaching assistant and tutor and studied last spring in Switzerland.
Kraus played a major role in two of her program's most successful years in the past decade, as Wheaton went 18-15 this year after posting 22 victories in 2007.
The District I College Division consists of all non-NCAA Division I colleges and universities in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.
To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, possess at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or significant reserve.