Dotson, Hardy Share #ASunVB Scholar-Athlete of the Year Honor

Monday, November 18, 2013

MACON, Ga. – The Atlantic Sun Conference honored Caitlin Dotson of Lipscomb University and Meredith Hardy of East Tennessee State University as the 2013 Volleyball Scholar-Athletes of the Year to highlight the league’s Academic All-Conference team.

Dotson is a three-time member of the Academic All-Conference Team, boasting a 3.79 GPA in Biology. She is currently first in the nation in assists per set and has 11 matches with 50 or more assists this season. In early October Dotson tallied her career high of 63 assists vs. ETSU and she has also earned A-Sun Player of the Week (Oct. 2) and Player of the Week for the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (Oct. 22).

A Preseason All-Conference selection, Dotson ranks third among career active players with 3,013 assists and is only the second player in Lipscomb history to record more than 3,000 assists in a career. Other program milestones for her include being tied for second in program history in assists in a season, ranking first in assists per set and seventh in digs with 989. Dotson plans to be a physician's assistant and started a mentorship group called "Linked Lipscomb" which connects athletes with mentors in their chosen professions.

Hardy is an Exercise Science major who has compiled a 3.879 cumulative GPA and earns A-Sun academic honors for the third time. On campus, Hardy placed on the Buccaneer 4.0 club in the Spring of 2013 and is a four-time Dean’s list member and four-time Buccaneer Honor Roll list (3.0 GPA or higher).

Also a Preseason All-Conference selection, Hardy leads all A-Sun players in blocks per set (1.53) and became the A-Sun career leader in blocks after tallying eight in a three-set win vs. Kennesaw State on Oct. 29. She currently has 468 career blocks and has recorded at least one block in 92 consecutive matches.

She holds the ETSU all-time block assist record with 398 block assists in 95 career matches and this season averaged a league-best 1.65 blocks per set in conference only matches. She has earned two A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week and one A-Sun Player of the Week honors, and her 11-block effort in a four-set win at Kennesaw State tied her for the most by an A-Sun player this season.

The A-Sun Academic All-Conference teams recognize student-athletes who embody the conference’s mission of Building Winners for Life. All the members of the team boast a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or better and participated in at least half of their team’s matches.

VOLLEYBALL SCHOLAR-ATHLETES of the YEAR

Caitlin Dotson, Lipscomb  Senior | GPA: 3.79 | Major: Biology | Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

• A-Sun Volleyball Player of the Week (10/2/13)

• Three-time Academic honoree

• Leads the NCAA in assists per set (12.68)

• A-Sun leader in assists overall (12.68) and in A-Sun play (12.85)

Meredith Hardy, ETSU Junior | GPA: 3.80 | Major: Exercise Science | Hometown: Kingsport, Tenn.

• Three-time A-Sun Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week

• Three-time Academic honoree

• A-Sun career leader in blocks (468)

Ranks 16th nationally in blocks per set (1.46) and leads the A-Sun

VOLLEYBALL ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

• Megan Devine, ETSU (Senior | GPA: 3.66 | Physical Education)

• Meredith Hardy, ETSU (Junior | GPA: 3.80 | Exercise Science)

• Gigi Meyer, FGCU (Junior | GPA: 3.90 | Athletic Training)

• Sammie Strausbaugh, Jacksonville (Sophomore | GPA: 4.00 | Exercise Science)

• Caitlin Dotson, Lipscomb (Senior | GPA: 3.79 | Biology)

• Lauren Ford, Lipscomb (Junior | GPA: 3.94 | Exercise Science)

• Anna Budinska, North Florida (Senior | GPA: 3.78 | Economics)

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The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, Northern Kentucky University, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.