MACON, Ga. (Nov. 18, 2013) – Not only are Meredith Hardy (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) a force to be reckoned with on the court, but they also go above and beyond in the classroom, as the Buccaneer duo landed spots on the Atlantic Sun All-Academic Team on Monday. Hardy was also named co-Scholar Athlete of the Year with Lipscomb’s Caitlin Dotson.
This marks the second straight year both Hardy and Devine landed on the all-academic team, and the first Scholar Athlete of the Year honor for the program.
“Meredith and Megan embrace the definition of scholar-athlete, and set high standards for themselves academically and athletically,” said head coach Lindsey Devine. “They take their academics very seriously and aspire to reach excellence on and off the court. They are committed to their studies, while also working hard and staying disciplined, which are traits that also carry over to the court.”
Hardy, an exercise science major, has compiled a 3.879 cumulative grade point average. The all-time A-Sun leader in blocks is a four-time Dean’s List member and placed on the Buccaneer 4.0 Club last spring. In addition, Hardy is also a four-time Buccaneer Honor Roll selection (3.0 GPA or higher) and has received A-Sun All-Academic honors in each of her first three seasons. Along with totaling 468 career blocks, Hardy broke the ETSU all-time block assist record in a five-set win at Lipscomb and has 398 block assists in 95 career matches. This season, Hardy led the A-Sun in blocks per set (1.53) and ranked third in attack percentage (.353), while also earning four weekly honors – three Defensive and one Player of the Week.
Meanwhile, Devine has posted a 3.664 GPA, while working towards a degree in physical education. The four-time Dean’s List and two-time Buccaneer 4.0 club member holds the all-time A-Sun and ETSU kills record at 1,925, which also ranks second among active NCAA Division I players. Devine has also been on the Buccaneer Honor Roll six times and is a four-time A-Sun All-Academic performer. In addition to becoming the leader in kills, Devine tallied 21 double-doubles this season, including 12 straight to end the campaign, while also tying the A-Sun single-season record for double-doubles in conference only matches with 15. Devine, who was one of 30 candidates named to the Senior CLASS award, received three A-Sun Player of the Week honors and was named Preseason Player of the Year. The reigning A-Sun Player of the Year ranks 14th in kills (4.56) and 15th in points per set (5.04), while also setting a career-high for kills with 28 in a five-set win versus Lipscomb earlier this month.
Joining the Bucs on the all-academic list were Lipscomb’s Caitlin Dotson and Lauren Ford, North Florida’s Anna Budinska, Florida Gulf Coast’s Gigi Meyer and Jacksonville’s Sammie Strausbaugh.
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.
The Bucs now turn their attention to postseason play as ETSU begins defense of its A-Sun Championship Friday night at Kennesaw State. The Blue and Gold take on the winner of No. 3 Lipscomb/No. 6 Kennesaw State at 7:30 p.m., in the conference semifinals.
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