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Erikson Named Capital One Academic All-American

Photo of junior setter Desiree EriksonDoane College junior setter Desiree Erikson (Comstock, Nebraska/Ord High School) was named today to the Capital One Academic All-America College Division First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA). Erikson was one of seven players chosen to the First Team honor. She is the first Doane volleyball player to receive the honor in school history and the third Doane student-athlete to earn First Team honors in their respective sport. Last week, Dalton Ryba earned First Team honors in football and Meagan Bauer was a two-time First Academic All-American in Track and Field in 2007 and 2008.

Erikson averaged 8.30 assists on the season but posted 11.7 assists when Doane switched to a 5-1 offensive set in early October. She finished with 2.20 digs per set with 27 aces serves on the season. Regular season and post-season honors have also been awarded to Erikson. She was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Setter-of-the-Week on two occasions during the year, received honorable mention All-GPAC post-season honors, named a NAIA Scholar-Athlete as well as Capital One Academic All-District 6.

Desiree has a 3.99 GPA and is majoring in biology and chemistry. She is a two-time GPAC Scholar-Athlete and will receive the honor again following the academic school year. She is the daughter of Perry & Carol Erikson.

This past season, Doane finished as runner-up in the GPAC and posted a 29-6 overall record.