Subject Wins National Volleyball Award

subjectAUSTIN, Texas – Clarion University senior setter Laura Subject is the NCAA Division II Capital One Academic All-America of the Year as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Subject is the second consecutive Golden Eagle to win the NCAA Division II Volleyball Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year. In 2013, Hannah Heeter earned the honor. It marks the first time in the awards history that two different athletes from the same school have won the Academic All-America of the Year honor in women’s volleyball in either the College Division (1987-2010) or NCAA Division II (2011-14) and just the third time a school has had back-to-back winners of the award in those divisions.

“I couldn’t be more excited for Laura to be the recipient of this honor,” Clarion’s eighth-year head coach Jennifer Mills said. ‘She is one of the hardest workers I’ve had the pleasure to coach and this definitely spills over into her classroom work. This award is representative of the overall achievement of the student-athlete which is an emphasis in our program. It couldn’t have gone to a more deserving player.”

A first-team Academic All-America as well, Subject, who carries a 3.93 GPA in athletic training, was an Honorable Mention Daktronics NCAA Division II All-American, the Daktronics NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Player of the Year, a first-team AVCA All-Atlantic Region selection and the PSAC West Athlete of the Year for the second straight year this season.

Subject finished second in the PSAC and 20th in the country in set assists per set this year with 11.27 while also adding 0.39 service aces per set, the 12th-best mark in the PSAC.

A three-time All-PSAC West selection, Subject finished her career third in school history with 4,065 set assists, seventh with 163 aces and 16th with 1,005 digs. Her 1,426 set assists during the 2013 season rank fourth in school history, while her 1,331 this year are the ninth most in a season at Clarion

NOTES – Subject is the third Golden Eagle female athlete to earn a Capital One Academic All-America of the Year award in the past year joining Heeter and diver Kristin Day, who was the Academic All-America of the Year At-Large … Clarion has had six Capital One Academic All-Americas since the start of the 2013-14 school year. In addition to Subject, Heeter (who was also a first-team selection in basketball giving her two first-team selections last year) and Day, Mike Felker was a first-team selection in football in 2013, while swimmer Emilee Gysegem was a second-team At-Large selection in Spring 2014 … Clarion has now had 25 Academic All-America selection since Ellen Borowy became the school’s first ever selection (third-team volleyball) in 1983-84 … Across all divisions, only Nebraska (1988-1991 and 2006-07 in University Division), Georgia (1994-95 in University Division), Penn State (1998-99 in University Division), American (2002-2003 in University Division), Washington University (1992-93 in College Division), IUP (2001-2002 in College Division), Calvin (2011-2012 in NCAA Division III) and Columbia College (Mo.) (2011-2012 College Division) have had back-to-back winners and only Nebraska (1989-90) and Calvin (2011-12) have had different players win in back-to-back years … The Capital One Division II Academic All-America program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfilment aspects of the 2014-15 Division II Academic All-America team program.

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