Rutgers Senior Caitlin Saxton named to ESPN Academic All-America Volleyball First Team

TOWSON, Md. - Rutgers senior outside hitter Caitlin Saxton has been named an ESPN First Team Academic All-American as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of American on Tuesday. Saxton becomes the first BIG EAST volleyball student-athlete to take home multiple Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA after earning third team recognition last year.
 
A three-year standout at Rutgers, Saxton is a Journalism and Media Studies major with a minor in Sociology and a perfect 4.0 G.P.A. The team leader in kills for the last three seasons, she averaged 3.0 kills per set as a senior. A starter in all 28 matches, she helped the Scarlet Knights post an 11-17 record. Saxton, who was a team captain as a junior and senior, was second on the team in digs (2.47 per game) and service aces (36) in 2010. Named to the BIG EAST All-Academic team twice, she is a native of Encinitas, Cal. who transferred to Rutgers after one year at California Santa Barbara.
 
Saxton also was a 2009 and 2010 Academic All-District II First Team honoree. She is set to graduate in May 2011 and plans on attending law school the following fall. She is only the sixth BIG EAST volleyball student-athlete to claim Academic All-America honors in the 20-year history of BIG EAST volleyball.
 
To be eligible for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must be named a CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team Honoree, be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
 
The Scarlet Knights finished their season with an 11-17 overall record. The 11 wins were the most for the program since the 2005 season. The 11 wins also mark the second season in a row that Coach Werneke has improved on the squad's win total from the previous season.