Tayla Woods

Tayla Woods Named First-Team All-Academic

Photo By: Stoddard Reynolds   11-27-2013

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Oregon State redshirt junior Tayla Woods has been named to the Pac-12 Conference’s All-Academic First Team, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Wednesday.

Additionally, Becky Defoe, Arica Nassar, Darby Reeder, Laura Schaudt and Kelsey Zimmerman have been named honorable mention.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or better and be a starter or significant reserve. Players in their first year at a school are not eligible.

It is Woods’ second first-team honor, earning it in 2011, and her third selection overall after being named a second-teamer last season. A psychology major, she is the team’s starter at setter and has more than 1,000 assists on the year. She was also an Academic All-Region selection earlier this month and is a candidate for Academic All-American honors.

The Beavers have now had at least one first-team selection dating back to the 1998 season. Thirteen student-athletes have been named first team since head coach Taras Liskevych’s first season in 2005.

The five honorable mention selections also gives the Beavers 41 since the 2005 season.

Defoe is majoring in biology. Nassar majors in chemistry, Reeder in agricultural business management and Schaudt is in marketing. Zimmerman is majoring in marketing as well.

For Defoe and Schaudt, it’s their third such honor while Zimmerman was recognized in 2011 and Nassar earned the award in 2012. Reeder is in her first year of eligibility.

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