NU's Banwarth and Cooper honored

Nebraska senior middle blocker Kori Cooper was named a first-team Academic All-American Monday afternoon, the same day that libero Kayla Banwarth won the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week award for the second time this season.
Cooper is just the sixth Husker volleyball player to be a two-time first-team Academic All-American. She joins Christina Houghtelling (2005, 2007), Sarah Pavan (2005-07), Janet Kruse (1990-91), Virginia Stahr (1987-89) and Karen Dahlgren (1985-86).
Cooper was the only repeat first-team selection on the six-member team, which is chosen in national voting. The Amarillo, Texas, native becomes Nebraska’s 36th Academic All-American in volleyball, a total that is the most of any female athletic program in the NCAA.
This season, Cooper has bounced back from season-ending knee surgery last year to help the Huskers to a 21-6 mark and a No. 8 ranking in the AVCA poll.
Banwarth averaged 7.17 digs and 0.67 assists per set while helping the Husker defense not allow an ace in two sweeps last week. Banwarth enjoyed a record-setting night against No. 24 Baylor on Nov. 18, tying her career high with 32 digs in a three-set sweep of the Bears. She set school single-match and NU Coliseum records for most digs in a three-set match.