FIONDA NAMED FIRST TEAM SOUTHLAND ALL-ACADEMIC

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi volleyball player Beth Fionda has been named to the Southland Conference All-Academic First Team for the 2008 season.

Fionda was named as one of the 12 members of the first team. As a previously recognized member of the ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-District VI team, Fionda garnered an automatic selection to first team. All 12 members of the first team this year were automatic selections.

Fionda is a sophomore from Austin at the position of opposite hitter. She averaged 1.87 kills per set and 0.7 digs per set while playing in 22 of 26 matches this past season. Fionda had a season and career-high 14 kills this year against Florida Atlantic. She also totaled a season and career-high nine digs in a Southland Conference road match at Northwestern State.

On the academic side, Fionda currently has a perfect 4.0 GPA while majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Education.

The All-Academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic/compliance administrators from each Southland Conference university. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team's competition to qualify for the all-academic squad.

Among the selections, 14 of the 18 student-athletes hold better than 3.5 GPAs, including four with a 4.0; Fionda, Chloe Smith of Central Arkansas, Laurel Kuepker of Stephen F. Austin and Christy Driscoll of UT Arlington.