RICHMOND, Va. - It's well-known that Virginia Commonwealth University celebrates success on the court, but success in the classroom is just as important.
Following the fall semester, 11 players on the Volleyball team were named to the AD Honor Roll, and five achieved Dean's List honors.
The drive to hit the books is something head coach James Finley thinks is critical.
"The relationship that a player has with their academics really shows a picture of what they're going to do on the court," Finley said. "I think rarely do we have somebody that's really struggling academically that performs well, because there's a lot of distractions, a lot of stress and pressure that's added on."
Junior Kristin Boyd (Biology), sophomore Ciara Brown (Biology), junior Anett Farkas (Fashion Merchandising), senior Amanda Friday (Sport's Leadership), senior Courtney Hott (Biology), junior Marisa Low (Biology), freshman Danaja Novakovic (undecided) sophomore Samantha Salvi (Criminal Justice), freshman Janelle Sykes (Exercise Science), sophomore Jessica Warner (Psychology), and junior Jasmine Waters (Chemistry) all qualified to be on the AD Honor Roll.
While Brown, Farkas, Friday, Hott and Salvi also made the Dean's List. Three of the ten students also managed to finish the semester with an average GPA of 4.0 (Brown, Farkas, and Friday).
Finley is ecstatic over his team's dedication to their studies. He says he thinks it is this kind of hard work that will give them the results they need to fulfill whatever future goals they may have.
"I love the NCAA thing that says, 'Everybody's going professional in something other than sports,'" Finley said. "For our sport in particular we usually have one or two kids that go on to play professionally but the majority are going on to get a master's or a PhD, so the competition to get into those schools is really strong."