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Volleyball Players Earn MEAC All-Academic Honors

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 11/22/2011
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Bridget McCaskill is a double major in chemistry and biology.
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GREENSBORO - Five members of the North Carolina A&T volleyball team were recognized by the MEAC, being selected to the conference All-Academic team.  The MEAC honored 56 student-athletes from 13 institutions for their success in the classroom during the 2010-11 academic school year. 

Senior Bridget McCaskill, junior Andrea Evans and sophomores Tatiana Cooper, Devonte' Reese and Chelsea Fox were all named to the Volleyball All-Academic list, which is more than half of the 2011 roster.

"It's very exciting that they were able to do that," said volleyball head coach Hal Clifton. "It's something that we definitely talk about a lot, before and after practice, during team meetings, that we do stress that they are going to be students first and athletes second.  It's great that they are living that philosophy and have made that accomplishment."

Clifton said that the five players named to the All-Academic list have been strong examples of being successful in the classroom as well as the court.

"I think other people see that they're doing well and that they're putting the effort into their books as well," he said. "We expect our players to give 100 percent on the court and 100 percent in the classroom, so it's great that we have players that are able to do that and other players are seeing that they are setting a good example. That's the type of student-athlete that we want to be a part of our program."

Evans is a Biology major from Oxford, N.C., who had a solid season with the Aggies this fall.  She ended the year with 110 kills (the second most on the team), 10 service aces and 117 digs.  She was first on the team in total blocks with 57.0, and 0.63 blocks per set. 

Fox is a Nursing major from Parker, Colo., and she served as the setter for the team this season.  It was a new position for her, and she found success, averaging 4.99 assists per set.  She led the team with a single-game high 36 assists and had five games with 21 or more assists in 2011. 

McCaskill, a native of Durham, N.C., is a biology and chemistry double-major.  She returned to the team after a year off to focus on her academics for her senior season, and performed well.  McCaskill ended the season with three kills, eight service aces and 58 digs in 10 matches.

Reese, who is from Creedmoor, N.C. is majoring in criminal justice.  She ended her sophomore campaign with 81 kills, 12 service aces, 110 digs and 14 block assists.

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