Feb. 8, 2012
PULLMAN - The Washington State volleyball team, under the direction of first-year Head Coach Jen Greeny, earned the Seehafer Academic Award for the 2011 fall semester.
The sixteen members of the Cougar volleyball team combined for a 3.0 semester grade point average last fall, the highest team GPA for a volleyball team since the fall of 2008. Four of the five letterwinners from the 2010 volleyball team tallied higher semester grade point averages than their cumulative averages coming into the 2011 season.
First given in 1998 by long-time Cougar boosters Bill and Faye Seehafer from Clarkston, Washington, the Seehafer Academic Award is given each semester to the WSU team which has shown the most improved academic performance or has demonstrated the greatest strides toward achieving the team's academic goals. This is the second Seehafer Award for the volleyball program; the first award was for spring semester 2007.
WSU junior setter Camryn Irwin, the lone Greeny recruit on the 2011 team, earned a 4.0 grade point average and was joined on the WSU President's Honor Roll (3.75 GPA or better) by sophomore Maile Scarpino and freshman Stephanie Logan. Irwin, Scarpino and Logan were also on the WSU Athletic All-Academic team and were joined by juniors Megan McManus and Rachel Todorovich, and freshman Shawna Lum.
"We are extremely proud of our team for making great strides academically," Coach Greeny said. "Academics are extremely important to this coaching staff and making a commitment to excellence both on the court and in the classroom are at the core of our program values."