By Vince Carango

Volleyball can tack on another accomplishment as senior middle hitter Karie Altman was named to the Capital One Academic All America College Division Volleyball First Team Dec 12.

Altman’s honor represents a milestone for the Madonna athletic department as she is the first student-athlete in school history to be named to an Academic All America first team.  Last year, Altman was named to the Academic All America third team.

Altman marks the fifth time in school history that a student athlete has been recognized to an Academic All America team.  Natalija Tinina (2005 volleyball second team), Erin Brockert (2006 softball third team), and Diana Brda (2011 women’s soccer second team) are the other athletes who have been recognized for their outstanding academic accomplishments.

Altman carries a 3.98 GPA in addition to being a student athlete and a peer tutor in the learning center.  Her major is biology and she has also been involved in the alternative spring break program.

Her athletic accomplishments are also exceptional, as she is a two time selection to the All- WHAC first team.  She led the WHAC in attack percentage (.385), and also is ranked fourth nationally in that category.  Her loop standard for kills per set is 4.1 is a WHAC leader and also ranked ninth nationally.  Her total kills tally up to 456, which is good for a 32nd ranking on the national level.

To become eligible for a Capital One Academic All America team, the student must carry a 3.3 GPA, be at least a sophomore academically and athletically, and be nominated by the sports information director of their respective school.

Altman led her team to a 30-10 season, which is the program’s 25th consecutive winning season.



Altman earns 1st team academic honors