TOWSON, Md.—Mount Union senior defensive specialist Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) has been selected to the 2012 Capital One Division III Academic All-America Second Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), becoming the second Purple Raider in as many seasons to be so honored.
An engineering and art double-major with a 3.89 grade point average, Gromes is one of just 19 student-athletes to earn Capital One Division III Academic All-America honors.
The Ohio Athletic Conference Libero of the Year, Gromes helped the Purple Raiders to one of the most successful season in program history that included a perfect 9-0 league record and the first OAC regular season title in program history. The squad finished with a 27-7 record, just three wins shy of the school record, and reached its highest ranking all-time in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 at No. 10 in back-to-back weeks. Mount Union made its second ever trip to the NCAA Tournament this season and forced five sets before falling to top-ranked and eventual national runner-up Calvin (Mich.) in the second round.
Gromes averaged team-bests of 5.26 digs per set 0.41 aces per set and her 631 digs rank sixth n the school's single-season list. She tallied 20 or more digs 14 times on the season, including four consecutive matches with at least 28 digs that garnered OAC Player of the Week honors in late October.
Last month, Gromes was recognized as an AVCA Division III Honorable Mention All-America selection, joining former teammate Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) as the only two players in program history to earn the dual All-America accolades. A two-sport athlete for the Purple Raiders who has also enjoyed success on the softball field, Gromes earned CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District and Academic All-OAC honors for the third and fourth times, respectively, this past season.
Gromes finished her career among the leaders in several career categories, including third in digs per set (4.15), sixth in digs (1,452), eighth in aces per set (0.35), and tenth in aces (121). She was a member of three Mount Union squads that qualified for the NCAA Tournament, including the first post-season berth in school history in 2009. The Raiders boasted a 96-33 record during her four-year career, which are the third-most wins by a graduating class in school history.