MILWAUKEE, Wis. (naccsports.org) --- Aurora University women's golfer Lauren Anderson and Marian University men's volleyball player Cullen Liberski have been named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® NCAA Division III At-Large Teams, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Wednesday.
Anderson was named to the women's first team, while Liberski was selected to the men's third team.
Anderson earned her second straight CoSIDA Academic All-America honor, moving up to the women's first team after being a second-team selection a year ago. The graduating senior marketing major was also a two-time NCAA Elite 90 recipient at the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships and a four-time NACC Scholar-Athlete.
During her senior campaign on the links, Anderson led Aurora to its third appearance in the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship in four years. A three-time all-conference performer, Anderson wrapped up her collegiate career with an 81 in the third round of the NCAA Championships.
Anderson is the ninth Spartan to receive First Team Academic All-America® honors and the 29th to be honored overall.
Liberski earned his second Defensive Player of the Year award in his career this past season after being named the MCVL Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore. Liberski led not only the NACC but the entire nation in digs per set during the season finishing with 4.02 digs per set and 346 total digs. He closed out an incredible career that saw him set an NCAA Division III all-time record for digs with 1,316, and digs per set at 3.53. Liberski posted 20 double-digit dig performances this season with five of those matches seeing him record 20 or more digs. A 27-dig performance against then-ranked No. 9 Benedictine proved to be his season-high in a four-set loss for the Sabres. This past season marked the third time Liberski was named all-conference in his career but the first time he was selected to the first team.
For the academic side of the award, Liberski graduated this past May with a degree in business administration posting a final grade point average of 3.95.
Liberski becomes only the seventh Marian student-athlete to be named Academic All-America® and is the first men's volleyball student-athlete to earn the honor.
The CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-America teams are selected by CoSIDA member sports information directors based on the student-athletes' academic prowess while being a steady influence on their respective athletic field. To be considered for the honor, the nominated student-athletes are required to maintain a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade-point average throughout their academic career at their respective institution.
The Division III Google Cloud Academic All-America® program is financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2018-19 Division III Academic All-America® teams. The at-large category encompasses the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, men's volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.