02/02/12  Ancilla College student athletes continue to do well in the classroom as well as on the court and on the field.

The Ancilla College Athletic Department reports that 52 of their student athletes finished the fall 2011semester with a 3.0 grade point average or better. That’s an increase of eleven students over the same period last year. Twenty-one of these students had a 3.5. GPA and many of those were on the dean’s list.  Overall, the fall athlete GPA came in at 2.771. In the fall of 2010 the GPA came in at 2.608.

Women’s Volleyball athletes overall came out on top with 86 percent of the team having a GPA of 3.0 or better. The Cheer Squad and the Softball team came in a close second and third with 60 percent and 59 percent of their athletes having a 3.0 GPA or better.

Seven student athletes came finished the fall semester with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Women’s Volleyball, Softball and Soccer had two each while Women’s Basketball had one with a perfect score.

Ancilla Athletic Director Gene Reese said “We not only win in games/matches; but we win in the classroom. And the success starts with the emphasis the college and athletics puts on academics. Second, we recruit strong students and expect accountability in class attendance and homework performance. Lastly, we could not accomplish this high standard of academic excellence without  Lana Singleton’s work as academic/athletic adviser. I am proud of this group of student/athletes. They put in a lot of time on the field and on the court and in the classroom. These student/athletes are truly winners!”

Women’s Volleyball coach/academic/athletic adviser Lana Singleton added “The numbers speak for themselves; 52 student athletes with a 3.0 or better, 21 of those at a 3.5 or better, and 7 student athletes with a 4.0!  I am very proud of our student athletes who not only worked hard with their sports teams this fall but got it done on the academic side as well.  This was a great team effort.  The student athletes worked hard, the coaches held them accountable, and the faculty did a great job of communicating when problems arose.”