Eight Blazers Earn GSC All-Academic Honors

| January 15, 2016


VALDOSTA, Ga. – The student-athletes of Valdosta State put in countless hours of work in an effort to achieve their academic goals last semester, and they were well represented this week, as eight were named to the 2015 GSC FireSeeds Fall All-Academic team by the league office on Wednesday.

The GSC All-Academic teams are selected by the conference’s Sports Information Directors (SIDs) and Faculty Athletic Representatives (FARs) in a vote. Nominees must be significant contributors to their squads, must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.20 or better on a 4.00 scale, and may not be freshman or first-semester/quarter transfers.

Head Coach Mike Swan’s volleyball squad accounted for three of the eight Blazers to be recognized. Natalia Campos, Lea Jaklen, and GSC Player of the Year Jessica Codato all garnered All-Academic status with 4.0 GPAs, and Codato’s appearance marked the second straight year in which the departing senior earned the honor.

The Blazer football team joined the fray with representation from running back Austin Scott, linebacker Kenny Murphy, and offensive lineman Austin Thompson. The trio, who carried 3.25, 3.64, and 3.66 GPA’s, respectively, teamed up to help send the Blazers to the second round of the postseason in 2015.

NSCAA All-Region and First Team All-GSC honoree McCall Gardner represented the Blazer soccer team with a 3.82 GPA after a season in which the senior served as one of the top goalkeepers in the GSC. Meanwhile, women’s cross country runner Tyra Holloway rounded out the selections for Valdosta State, following a season in which the sophomore earned First Team All-GSC honors and made history as the first female runner in school history to earn a trip to the NCAA Division II National Championships. Holloway closed out the fall with a 3.75 GPA.

In addition to the eight student-athletes to be voted to the GSC’s All-Academic team in the fall, Valdosta State saw 60 student-athletes named to the Gulf South Conference’s Fall Honor Roll for having a 3.00 GPA or higher.

Valdosta State set new records in the fall of 2015 for number of student-athletes to make the Dean’s List (80), number of student-athletes with perfect 4.0 GPAs, and number of teams to average a collective 3.0 GPA or higher. The volleyball squad topped the list of team averages, as eight of 13 players on the team achieved 4.0 GPA status. Volleyball’s 3.70 team GPA marked the highest ever for the VSU volleyball program and represented only the 10th time in the last 20 years that a team achieved an average 3.70 GPA or higher.

CLICK HERE to view the GSC’s full Fall All-Academic release.

CLICK HERE to view the 2015 GSC Fall Honor Roll List.


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