FORT MYERS, Fla. – After leading FGCU at the inaugural Atlantic Sun Sand Volleyball Championship, senior Holly Youngquist (Estero, Fla./Evangelical Christian HS) was named to the Atlantic Sun’s Academic All-Conference team the league office announced on Friday, May. 4.
Youngquist, the 2011 A-Sun Preseason Libero of the Year (indoor) and three-time A-Sun All-Academic honoree, has enjoyed a great career as both an indoor and sand volleyball student-athlete. She currently ranks fourth in the A-Sun Conference record books with 1,652 career digs. The Estero, Fla. native led FGCU in digs (466; 4.16 per set), while ranking third in assists and fifth in service aces. Earning a 3.82 cumulative GPA in resort and hospitality management, the libero is the lone Eagle to earn both indoor and sand volleyball A-Sun All-Academic honors.
Youngquist played in all 11 of FGCU’s sand volleyball matches this season. The 2010 ESPN Academic All-District 3 second team selection, who played at the No 1 position with sophomore Kaitlin Holm (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS/Marshall) for the inaugural sand season, lost in the finals of the No. 1 flight at the inaugural A-Sun Championships.
The A-Sun introduced the new sport-by-sport Academic All-Conference teams this fall to 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 games.
SAND VOLLEYBALL SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Katie DiGirolamo, Stetson
Sophomore | GPA: 3.92 | Major: Business Administration | Hometown: Bradenton, Fla.
SAND VOLLEYBALL ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Holly Youngquist, FGCU (Senior | GPA: 3.82 | Resort & Hospitality)
Kendall Courtney, Jacksonville (Sophomore | GPA: 3.90 | Undeclared)
Kathryn Kane, Jacksonville (Senior | GPA: 3.80 | Physical Therapy)
Jennifer Katona, Mercer (Junior | GPA: 3.58 | Sociology)
Emily Rochefort, Mercer (Sophomore| GPA: 3.30 | Education)
Madison Pestos, Mercer (Junior | GPA: 3.80 | Art)
Dagnija Medina, North Florida (Junior | GPA: 3.50 | International Business)
Carolyn Jenkins, North Florida (Junior | GPA: 3.78 | Health Science)
Alisha Hoffman, Stetson (Junior | GPA: 3.92 | Management)