Ancilla athletes earn academic gold

PLYMOUTH, INDIANA – Ancilla College boasts several student-athletes awarded with various academic honors, including the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic Award and Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Academic awards, for their high academic achievements this year.

The Ancilla College women’s volleyball team was named a 2012-2013 NJCAA Volleyball All-Academic Team for the second year in a row. The team amassed a 3.28 GPA over the past two semesters. Coach Lana Singleton’s squad was also named a MCCAA Academic Team. The volleyball team will again be presented with the President’s Cup, an award for the highest GPA among all Ancilla athletic teams.

“I am proud of the Ancilla College Volleyball Team, proving that not only can they do a great job on the court, but more importantly in the classroom,” commented head volleyball coach, Lana Singleton. “This is a fine group of young women whom I am honored to have coached.”

Volleyball outside hitter, Keri Friend, was honored with the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement. Student-athletes eligible for this award must have attained at least a 3.80 to 3.99 GPA. Friend was also named to the MCCAA Academic All-Conference team and the MCCAA Academic All-Conference team.

“All of the honors that Keri has garnered, she deserves. She has proven to be a hard worker, responsible and dependable,” added head volleyball coach, Lana Singleton. “We wish Keri well as she opens the next chapter on her journey, of which I have no doubt, will continue to be successful.”

Softball shortstop, Courtney Ferrell, was awarded with the NJCCA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement. A GPA of 3.60 to 3.79 is required to be eligible for this award. Ferrell was also awarded to the MCCAA Academic All-Conference team and the MCCAA Academic All-MCCAA team as well.

“Courtney is the epitome of a student-athlete. Her focus in the classroom and on the diamond is what makes her so successful,” commented head softball coach, Scott Reese. “She sets high standards for herself and constantly exceeds them. I am so glad she is part of the Ancilla softball family. I know she will continue to succeed in whatever she does in life.”

“Our goal is to help create winners in the classroom as well as on the court and field,” said Gene Reese, Ancilla College’s Athletic Director.

Other Ancilla student-athletes awarded MCCAA Academic honors include: All-Conference  Keri Friend (Volleyball), Courtney Ferrell (Softball), Logan Hug (Baseball), Matt Willinger (Soccer), Rohni Beck (Softball), Kristen Trudell (Volleyball), Savanna Weaver (Softball), Kelly Duke (Volleyball and Basketball), Courtney Lyn-Kew (Soccer), Juan Delgado (Soccer), Kayleigh Schroeder (Softball), Sam Cole (Baseball), Carlos Ramirez (Soccer). Academic All-MCCAA  Keri Friend (Volleyball), Courtney Ferrell (Softball), Logan Hug (Baseball), Matt Willinger (Soccer), Rohni Beck (Softball), Kristen Trudell (Volleyball), Savanna Weaver (Softball), Kelly Duke (Volleyball and Basketball), Courtney Lyn-Kew (Soccer), Juan Delgado (Soccer).

Student-Athletes were also given awards for departmental honors from Ancilla College. Logan Hug (Baseball) was named Ancilla’s Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. Keri Friend (Volleyball) graduated summa cum laude, garnered the Business Departmental Award, was named Ancilla’s Female Scholar Athlete of the Year and was named to the All-USA Academic team as well. Sisters, Kristen and Nicole Trudell (Volleyball) both received the Religion/Ethics and Philosophy Departmental Award. Kelly Duke (Volleyball) accepted the Math/Science Departmental Award.




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