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Volleyball Honored for Academic Success

The NJCAA honored the 2012 PCC volleyball team for academic success last week. Team members are (seated, left to right): Lauren Porter, Amber Whitley, Ericka Tyer, Meredith Robertson, Anna Spragins and Anais Martinez. (Standing, l-r) Coach Tom Marsh, Ginny Howard, Haley Hiatt, Megan Mansfield, Rebekah Williams, Heather Whitley, Catherine Barber and Kristen Jones.

WINTERVILLE—The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) recognized the 2012 Pitt Community College volleyball team and three of its members this month for outstanding academic achievement.

On Tuesday, the organization announced its annual Academic Student-Athlete Awards and named the Bulldogs volleyball squad as an All-Academic Team for posting a combined 3.34 GPA. Three players from the team – Kristen Jones, Megan Mansfield and Ginny Howard – received individual NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards as well.

“I’d like to congratulate retired volleyball coach Tom Marsh and members of his 2012 team on their accomplishment,” said PCC Athletic Director Junior Bailey. “I’d also like to commend Ginny, Kristen and Megan on their individual academic awards. It’s amazing what those young ladies were able to accomplish in the classroom while enduring the rigors of college athletics.”

Jones, a Grimesland resident, and Mansfield, who lives in Morehead City, were among the 169 student-athletes nationwide to earn the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence this year. They did so by recording 4.0 GPAs on a 4.00 scale.

Howard, a Greenville native, was one of 900 student-athletes to earn an NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement. She posted a 3.61 GPA.

Having completed their playing eligibility at PCC, Mansfield will move on to Peace University this fall to continue her volleyball career while Howard will play at Barton College. Both players earned All-Region X Conference honors this past season in leading PCC to a 21-13 overall record.

Nearly 60,000 student-athletes competed in the NJCAA this past season as part of 3,500 teams in 28 sports. More than 1,600 of those student-athletes met the requirements for individual academic honors.

The 2012-13 academic year marks the 30th consecutive season the NJCAA has recognized student-athletes for classroom success. With minimal changes, the NJCAA academic awards program has been in place since 1983.