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PSU Women’s Tennis and Volleyball programs earn academic honors

PSU Women’s Tennis and Volleyball programs earn academic honors

Panthers recognized nationally for classroom work

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two Plymouth State University athletic programs have been recognized with national academic honors from organizations within their sport, as the Panther women's tennis program was honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and the women's volleyball program was acknowledged by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).

            Plymouth State was named to the ITA All-Academic Team, which honors programs that have a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year (Fall 2015 and Spring 2016).

            In addition, four PSU tennis student-athletes, seniors Zara Jakubas (Califon, N.J./Voorhees) and Peyton Smith (Stuttgart Germany) and sophomores Sunny Jakubas (Califon, N.J./Voorhees) and Megan Wallace (Moultonborough, N.H./Moultonborough) received ITA Scholar-Athlete recognition for meeting the following criteria: being a varsity letter-winner, having a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and being enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.

            Plymouth State also received the AVCA Team Academic Award, one of 762 teams nationally to be honored. The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

            The Panther women's tennis program is led by Barbara Rawlsky-Willett, who is entering her 13th year as head coach in 2016, while the women's volleyball program is guided by Chris Kilmer, who is beginning his sixth season as head coach in 2016.

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