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Volleyball - 04. March 2008.

Stalls Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 27, 2008)

Tracy Stalls. Photo copyrighted by USA Volleyball

Stalls was a two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American while playing for the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. As a senior in 2007, she ranked third nationally in attack percentage (.473) and added 2.83 kills and 1.13 blocks per game en route to being named All-American. She earned AVCA her first AVCA All-American honor as a junior when she averaged 2.67 kills and 1.41 blocks per game for the NCAA Division I national champion Huskers. Stalls averaged 1.43 kills and 1.59 blocks, leading Nebraska to a NCAA Division I second-place finish as a sophomore in 2005. She started 30 matches as a freshman and set single-season school freshman records for total blocks (160) and blocks assists (148), along with ranking 11th nationally in blocking average at 1.65 per set.

Prior to attending Nebraska, Stalls spent nearly two years in the USA Volleyball National Developmental Program after becoming the first participant in the program in May 2002. She competed on the USA Girls’ Youth National Team at the 2000 NORCECA Continental Championship and was a member of the USA Women’s Junior National Team competing at the 2001 FIVB World Championship and the 2002 NORCECA Continental Championship.

Stalls made her made her first appearances on the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2003 at the Mexicali Tournament and Pan American Games. She started all five matches at the Mexicali Tournament with 28 points as Team USA finished with a 4-1 record. Stalls earned a bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic.

Tracy Stalls. Photo copyrighted by USA Volleyball

Stalls made a brief return to the U.S. Women’s National Team last summer and competed in the 2007 Pan American Cup. She averaged 2.75 points per set during the event before being injured in the third match. Stalls tallied 13 kills without an error on 18 swings to go with one block against Argentina on June 21, 2007. Two days later, she totaled eight kills on 10 attacks against Dominican Republic.

The winners (29 men and 29 women) represent fall-sports participants who will receive one-time, nonrenewable grants of $7,500. The NCAA will name postgraduate scholars for winter and spring sports later this year.

The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The Association awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women.

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association’s most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. For more information about the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, go to the Diversity and Inclusion link under the About the NCAA tab at www.ncaa.org.

Other volleyball recipients of the NCAA postgraduate scholarship award include Melissa DeLuca (Wingate University), Kelly Downs (Elizabethtown College), Amanda Gerolstein (University of South Carolina Aiken), Rachel Gross (University of Puget Sound), Emily Hinchcliff (Haverford College), Elizabeth Holmes (Northern Kentucky University), Christina Houghtelling (University of Nebraska, Lincoln), Samantha Mitchell (Mount Olive College), Sarah Pavan (University of Nebraska, Lincoln), Dianna Thomas (Appalachian State University) and Melissa Walbridge (Pennsylvania State University)
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