Ten University of Florida volleyball players were named to the Southeastern Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll Thursday for their exceptional performances in the classroom. The 10 volleyball student-athletes ties for the program’s best, which was also accomplished in 2006, 2009 and 2011.
The 2012 Gators squad notched the conference title with a 19-1 SEC record. Florida finished out their season with an overall 27-5 record marking their 22nd consecutive 25-win season. Florida has now led the country with 686 wins since 1991. The Gators reached their 21st regional semifinal in program history this season and finished the year ranked No. 10 in the final AVCA poll.
All three of Florida’s CoSIDA Academic All-District honorees were along the 10 student-athletes honored on the academic roll: AVCA First Team All-American and SEC Player of the Year Chloe Mann, First Team All-SEC and AVCA All-America Honorable Mention selection Tangerine Wiggs and Second Team All-SEC and SEC Community Service Team honoree Betsy Smith.
Fifth-year middle blocker Betsy Smith, a Business Administration & Political Science major and Mass Communication minor, and senior right-side hitter Tangerine Wiggs, an English major and Education minor, both graduated in December. Other senior defensive specialist Sundai Weston is set to graduate in May with a bachelor’s in Public Relations. The senior trio averaged a cumulative GPA of 3.75.
Junior middle blocker ChloeMann wrapped up her junior year leading the nation in hitting percentage (.444) while excelling in a bachelor’s-master’s program in Business Administration & Information Sciences & Operations Management.
The rest of the Gators who made the honor roll are as follows:
|Chloe Mann*#$^||Business Administration & Information Sciences& Operations Management||Gr./Jr.|
|Holly Pole||Sport Management||Jr./So.|
|Betsy Smith*^||Business Administration & Political Science||Sr./Sr.|
|Taylor Unroe||Family, Youth & Community Sciences||Jr./So.|
|Sundai Weston||Public Relations||Sr./Sr.|
|Berkley Whaley||Public Relations||So./Fr.|
* 2012 All-SEC selection | # 2012 AVCA All-South Region |
$ 2012 AVCA All-America | ^ 2012 CoSIDA Academic All-District
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