10 CVCC student-athletes, one team honored by NJCAA

10 CVCC student-athletes, one team honored by NJCAA

HICKORY, N.C. — Ten student athletes and one athletic team at Catawba Valley Community College have been honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for their performances in the classroom.

This is the second-straight year that CVCC has boasted 10 individual academic honorees and one team academic honor by the NJCAA.

"I'm proud of our student-athletes," said Tisha England, Learning Assistance Center Coordinator and head women's basketball coach at Catawba Valley. "We strive for excellence in the classroom, as well as on the court and field. Academics are a means to education and success in life. I'm looking forward to hearing and seeing greatness from our student-athletes."

The Catawba Valley volleyball team received 2017-18 NJCAA Academic Team Honorable Mention accolades after tallying a combined team grade point average of 3.18.

All NJCAA institution athletic teams in their respective sport who have at least a 3.0 GPA or better receive the honor. A total of 107 volleyball programs were named honorable mention.

"We always emphasize that our players need to focus on their academics first and then their athletics," said Catawba Valley head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. "It's nice when their effort in the classroom pays off. I'm really proud of them, their effort and how they received this recognition."

Of the 10 individual Catawba Valley student athletes honored by the NJCAA, six are members of the Red Hawks baseball program.

Drew Latham, Josh Rice, Madisyn Bolin, Trent McKay and Willie Gordon were all named second team members for carrying a grade point average of 3.99 to 3.8, while sophomore second baseman Jimmy Marcelli was named a third team member for having a GPA of 3.6 to 3.79.

The Red Hawks volleyball and women's basketball programs had two individual NJCAA academic honorees each.

Catawba Valley volleyball players Adair Melton and Emilee Webber were named to the second and third teams, respectively, while Red Hawk women's basketball players Monique McAbee and Nicole Lyerly were each named third team members.

All 10 of these athletes also made either the President's or Athletic Director's List at Catawba Valley Community College.