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Sports - March 22, 2013

Sports Shorts

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Palo Alto High graduate Allison Whitson, a member of the UC Davis women's volleyball team, was named one of her school's two Big West Scholar-Athletes of the Year. She received her honor last week in Anaheim. Whitson was among the male and female representatives from the other nine Big West schools who were recognized for outstanding academic and athletic achievements during the 2012, calendar year. Whitson, a 6-foot-1 outside hitter who completed her senior season this past fall, earned All-Big West first team accolades three times as an Aggie and is ranked among the top five all-time UC Davis players in four career categories. Whitson is majoring in managerial economics, is ranked in the top 15 percent of her class and plans to pursue an MBA after playing professional volleyball in Europe. Besides the Big West Scholar-Athletes of the Year, UC Davis was well-represented on the Big West's Scholar-Athlete roll. A total of 121 student-athletes, representing all the conference sports, were named to the list for outstanding academic achievement . . . Another UC Davis senior, Kevin Meisel of Atherton and a Sacred Heart Prep grad, was a recipient of Western Water Polo Association's Men's All-Academic honors for the past fall season. The All-Academic rolls consist of students who compiled at least a 3.0 cumulative gradde-point averaged, played in at least 50 percent of their team's contests and who had completed a minimum of one semester of two quarters at their institution prior to the season. Meisel, a senior history major, has earned WWPA All-Academic status for the maximum three seasons. UC Davis went 14-18 in water polo and finished fourth at the WWPA Championships last November.

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