Volleyball's McCutcheon Earns CoSIDA All-District Academic Honors

Nov. 10, 2011

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By Eric DeSalvo

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF volleyball middle blocker Tory McCutcheon (Milton, Ontario) was named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District First Team Thursday afternoon. This is the first time McCutcheon has landed on the first-team as she earned second-team honors in 2010.

By being voted onto the First Team, McCutcheon will now be included on the Capital One Academic All-America ballot which will be voted upon starting Nov. 15.

"Tory is such a diligent work in the classroom and so highly committed to her academics and has really done a big part in setting an academic standard here," head coach Todd Dagenais said of McCutcheon. "That success in the classroom has poured over onto the court where she remains as one of the highest hitting percentages in Conference USA. We are very proud of her for her accomplishments and will keep our fingers crossed that she has a shot to be our next academic All-American."

McCutcheon is the second Knight to earn all-district first-team honors as Jenny Heppert earned a slot on the first-team in 2007 and 2008.

In the classroom, McCutcheon has been a stellar student since stepping foot on campus in 2009. She currently carries a 3.94 GPA and is majoring in molecular biology and microbiology. She has been named to the Conference USA Academic Honor Roll in both 2009 and 2010 and has also received the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal in both seasons. She is one of 48 Division I district winners, and is one of two C-USA members to make the first team.

McCutcheon has been a force for the Knights up front on the court as well in 2011, owning the league's fourth-best hitting percentage overall (.346) and tops overall on the squad. For the season, McCutcheon has posted 16 matches with a .300 hitting percentage or better. She is second on the team in total blocks (62), averaging one block per set on the year.

The talented junior and the rest of her teammates will play Marshall and East Carolina on Friday and Sunday as they close out the home slate for 2011.