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Tennessee's Bell Named CoSIDA Second Team All-America

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AUSTIN, Texas (December 15, 2021) - Tennessee graduate Ava Bell was announced as a CoSIDA Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), garnering second team honors. This is the first CoSIDA Academic All-America award for Bell, who has twice earned CoSIDA Academic All-Region accolades.

"What a great recognition for Ava Bell," head coach Eve Rackham Watt said. "She is a true example of what being a student-athlete means. Our staff is beyond proud of her career and what she has meant to our program. A true leader both on and off the floor, I could not think of someone more deserving than Ava."

The 2021 Academic All-America Volleyball team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom. The first, second, and third teams are comprised of 21 total student-athletes.

Earlier this month, Bell graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in political science and a minor in sociology. The Austin native is a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member.

On the court, Bell helped lead the Lady Vols to the second round of the NCAA tournament and was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 4) and SEC Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 18) this season.

Bell led UT in hitting percentage in 2021 and ranked third in the Southeastern Conference at .397. She also holds the all-time program record for career hitting percentage at .381.

In addition to her prowess attacking, Bell helped Tennessee become one of the best blocking teams in the nation this season. Bell averaged 1.24 blocks per set which ranked second on the team, fifth in the SEC and 38th nationally. As a team, the Lady Vols averaged 3.01 blocks per set which led the conference and ranked third in the nation.

Bell is the third player in program history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and the first since Nikki Fowler in 2010.