HANCEVILLE – Wallace State Community College's volleyball squad was recently acknowledged as the top Academic Team of the Year in the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) for the second year in a row.
Wallace State accrued a 3.62 grade point average during the 2009 fall semester, which placed the Lions fourth nationally in the National Junior College Athletic Association's March JUCO Report.
"It's an award that Christine O'Leary (volleyball academic advisor), the team and I work very hard to achieve, and we're very proud to represent Wallace State with this honor," said Wallace State volleyball coach Randy Daniel. "I am very proud of my team for winning what we call the ‘Triple Crown' in our conference. We won the ACCC regular-season championship, we were ACCC tournament champions and now we are the top academic team."
Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Ill., compiled a national-best 3.72 GPA.
Wallace State volleyball improved on its state-best 3.56 GPA from the 2008 fall semester.
Members of the 2009 team included Cassie Daniels, Haley Findley, Krystal Robinson, Kaitlyn Fleming, Skylar Key, Lauren Dodd, Marilyn Wiggins, Kierra Outlin, Jessica Wilburn, Rachel Mitchell, Cerra Little, Alyssa Bunch, Raegan Key and Chasity Chambers. Assistant coach was Amanda Smith.
Wallace State volleyball finished 34-6 last season, won the ACCC Tournament championship and the ACCC regular-season title for the second year in a row. The Lions made their first national tournament appearance under Daniel in just his third season with the school. He has compiled a 100-25 mark in three years.
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