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Vanden Avond Named CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-American

From Sports Information Director, November 22, 2013 | Women's Soccer
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College junior forward Katie Vanden Avond has been named to the first team of the Capital One NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Academic All-America team, presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Vanden Avond, a De Pere native, owns a 3.42 grade point average with a double major in business administration and communications. Vanden Avond completed her junior season by leading Division III in total goals (37), total points (81), goals per game (1.76) and points per game (3.86) this season. She also is the current NCAA all-divisions leader in career goals among active players with 91.

The Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2011, 2012 and 2013, Vanden Avond is the Midwest Conference career leader in goals (91) and points (199). As a freshman in 2011, Vanden Avond led Division III in total goals (28) and points (64). As a sophomore in 2012, Vanden Avond was third nationally in total goals (26) and 11th in total points (54).

Vanden Avond is also involved in on-campus service groups, including TRIPS, which involves social justice, and ENACTUS, which is a business service group.

Vanden Avond became the fourth St. Norbert women's soccer player to earn Academic All-America honors, joining Jenny Adkins (1995, second team), Rachelle Barina (2008, first team) and Jenni Jacobsen (2007, second team and 2008, third team). It is the 55th time among 41 recipients a St. Norbert student-athlete has received Academic All-America mention.

All St. Norbert first-team Academic All-Americans have special plaques presented by St. Norbert College and are displayed near the front lobby of Schuldes Sports Center. Each St. Norbert Academic All-American has an acrylic plaque awarded by CoSIDA displayed in the east corridor of Schuldes Sports Center.

To be eligible for national or regional selection, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.0, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his current institution and be nominated by his sports information director.