Ancilla athletes’ academic numbers up from 2010

PLYMOUTH — Ancilla College student-athletes continued to do well in the classroom as the college reported some hefty increases in grade point averages for fall athletes over last year’s fall numbers.
The Ancilla Athletic Department reported that 52 of its student-athletes finished the fall 2011 semester with a 3.0 grade point average or better, an increase of 11 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 compared to a 2.608 GPA in the fall of 2010.
““We not only win in games and matches, but we win in the classroom,” Ancilla Athletic Director Gene Reese said. “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 advisor. 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 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, respectively, of their athletes having a 3.0 GPA or better.
Seven student athletes 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.
“The numbers speak for themselves — 52 student athletes with a 3.0 or better, 21 of those at a 3.5 or better, and seven student athletes with a 4.0,”  said Ancilla women’s volleyball coach and academic/athletic advisor Lana Singleton. “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.”