Thursday November 8, 2012Three Florida Volleyball Players Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Teams
Three Gators earned First Team Academic All-District® accolades, as released by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. Junior middle blocker Chloe Mann (Gainesville, Fla.), senior middle blocker Betsy Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) and senior right-side hitter Tangerine Wiggs (Seattle, Wash.) were all named to this year’s All-District teams, making the trio eligible for the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot.
This is the second year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moves from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and doubles the number of scholar-athletes honored. The teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
Mann, though a redshirt junior in eligibility, is currently pursuing a combined bachelor’s-master’s degree in Business Administration, and Information Systems and Operations Management to go along with a Mass Communication minor. The Gainesville native holds a cumulative GPA of 3.32 between her bachelor’s-master’s program and entered the University of Florida with enough International Baccalaureate credits to be a second-semester sophomore.
Mann leads the Gators with a .455 hitting percentage, good for third in the NCAA, putting down 286 kills on the year thus far. Mann leads Florida with 1.08 blocks/set, good for fifth in the SEC. For her career, the junior middle blocker has 438 kills on a .465 hitting clip and is on track to break Florida’s career hitting percentage record by her senior season. She is a two-time SEC Offensive Player of the Week selection, once in both 2011 and 2012. She was named Preseason All-SEC by the league’s coaches this fall and was MVP of the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational earlier in the season.
Smith is a fifth-year senior, currently finishing a double major in Business Administration and Political Science with a Mass Communication minor. Smith is 10th in the SEC with a .322 hitting percentage, tallying 136 kills in 2012. For her career, Smith has a .356 hitting percentage with 317 kills and is holding right around her career average in blocks, with .81 blocks/set in 2012 and .82 blocks/set for her career. Smith holds a 3.87 GPA and will graduate this December, earning Academic All-SEC three times in her career, SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll in 2008 and is a two-time member of the SEC Community Service team.
Wiggs is a fifth-year senior, finishing up her bachelor’s in English with a minor in Education. The Seattle native is on track to graduate in December and currently holds a 3.50 GPA. Wiggs is second in the SEC and 19th in the NCAA in hitting percentage with a .390 offensive efficiency and is third on the team with 183 kills on the year. Wiggs has 596 kills for her Florida career, the most out of any current Gator, and is third on the team in blocks with 55 in 2012. For her career, Wiggs has 249 blocks, averaging .82 blocks/set in her three years in the Orange and Blue. Wiggs was named Second Team All-SEC last season and was honored as an Academic All-SEC selection in 2011.
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