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FMU's Bartlett Named Academic All-American

    FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University senior rightside hitter Jessica Bartlett has been selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Volleyball Team for the College Division.

    Bartlett, a native of Richmond, Va., was named to the five-member second team.

    The 6-0 Bartlett appeared in all 40 matches this season and led the Patriot hitters with a .289 hitting percentage, fourth-best in the Peach Belt Conference. She was 10th in the conference with 2.82 kills per game, and also averaged 0.52 blocks, 0.38 digs, and 0.30 assists per game. She recorded double-figure kills in 19 of the 40 matches, and hit above .300 in 15 matches, including six above .450. She ended her career with 1,248 career kills.

    In the classroom, the chemistry major owns a 3.96 grade point average. She is a member of the FMU Student Athlete Advisory Committee and Chi Alpha Sigma, the national college athlete honor society. She was named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll for 2003 and 2005, and has been selected to FMU’s Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll three times.

    Recently, Bartlett was selected to the All-District Academic Team for the second straight year and earned All-Region and All-Conference honors for her play on the court.

    Francis Marion ended its season with a 29-11 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division II national tournament. The Patriots won the PBC Tournament after placing second during the conference’s regular season. The Patriots’ 29 victories is the fourth-highest win total in team history.

    The Academic All-America® Teams program honors 816 male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

    To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at her current institution.  Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.

Last Published: January 3, 2006 8:07 AM
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