Men's volleyball senior Spencer Rowe was named on Thursday to the Capital One Academic All-America NCAA Division I Men's At-Large third team. It is the second straight season in which Rowe has earned Academic All-America honors. He was also selected to the third-team following the 2013 season.
Rowe, who owns a 3.84 gpa in the Political Science major, was named an honorable mention American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America after the 2014 season. He was also chosen to the second-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) squad. Rowe established career-bests this past year in kills (24), points scored (27.0), total blocks (7.0) and digs (9). He hit higher than .350 in 17 matches and served as a team captain.
Rowe paced the Bruins with 90 total blocks this past season, while ranking 38th in the nation with his 0.92 blocks per set average. He rated 19th in the NCAA in hitting percentage with a .375 mark. The Mission Viejo High School product led the squad with a .410 hitting percentage in MPSF matches. Rowe graduated magna cum laude from UCLA.
Last year, Rowe earned All-District Academic accolades and then was selected to the third-team Academic All-America At-Large squad, becoming the first UCLA volleyball player in 13 years to merit the honor. He has appeared on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll in each year of attendance at UCLA, achieving a 4.0 gpa in several quarters. Rowe plans to continue his volleyball playing career in Finland.
To be eligible for Capital One Academic All-America honors, student-athletes must have reached sophomore status and carry a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher. The teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).