roSenior opposite hitter Cassie Busse (Prior Lake, Minn.) was named First-Team Academic All-District for the second year in a row. The first-team honor allows Busse to qualify for Academic All-American honors, which will be named in early December.
Busse currently leads the Big Ten in service aces, is third in kills and is sixth in hitting percentage. She comes into the week averaging 4.73 kpg, 2.20 dpg, 0.81 blpg, 0.48 sapg and is hitting .311. Busse leads the team in kills, hitting percentage, service aces, is second in blocks and third in digs.
In eight matches this year Busse has tallied 20 kills or more. She has tallied double-figure kills in 25 of 28 matches this season. Busse has also received Big Ten Player of the Week honors twice this season (Oct. 13 & Oct. 27), making her one of only three players in Minnesota history to receive player of the week honors on four different occasions. She became just became only the fourth player in school history to be named AVCA National Player of the Week on Oct. 27, in a week where she had 57 kills in two matches (30 against Michigan State and 27 against Michigan).
Busse was named a Third-Team Academic All-American in 2002. She is also a two-time Academic All-District honoree and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Last year Busse received Second-Team AVCA All-American honors and Big Ten All-Conference honors.