Kwak-Hefferan Named National Academic All-America

Ivy League Player of the Year named Verizon Academic All-America for second-straight year.

Dec. 4, 2003

Stamford, Conn. - University of Pennsylvania senior volleyball student-athlete Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan (Wheaton, Ill.) was named Verizon Academic All-America as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for the second-straight season. After a second-team honor in 2002, Kwak-Hefferan received first-team honors in 2003.

The list of accolades keeps growing for Kwak-Hefferan as a member of the Penn volleyball team. She was named the 2003 Ivy League Player of the Year in an unanimous vote by the League's coaches, was the lone unanimous first-team All-Ivy honoree and was joined by three of her teammates on the All-Ivy League team.

Kwak-Hefferan is the all-time leader in career kills at Penn with 1,287 and is second all-time in career digs with 1,293. Her resume is plentiful and includes four-time All-Ivy League, two-time Academic All-Ivy League, two-time Academic All-District II honoree and now, two-time national Academic All-America student-athlete. She has also earned several most valuable player awards at volleyball tournaments throughout her four-year career. A communications major, Kwak-Hefferan finished the 2003 regular season seventh in the Ivy League in hitting percentage (.304) and fifth in kills (3.72 kpg).

The Penn volleyball team, which won three-straight Ivy League titles for the first time in school history, will face Pittsburgh in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Volleyball Tournament at Penn State on Dec. 5. Game time is set for 5 p.m.