Gibboney, Chason Named to ESPN/CoSIDA District 2 All-Academic Volleyball Second Team
November 4, 2010
Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. - - In addition to the 20-5 overall record and a 9-1 Colonial Athletic Association record, two University of Delaware volleyball standouts are getting it done in the classroom as well, as seniors Greta Gibboney and Jess Chason were named to the ESPN/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) District 2 All-Academic second team, announced Thursday.
Student-athletes must carry a 3.3 or better grade point index, be a starter or key reserve, and be a sophomore or older. District 2 includes all schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.
Gibboney (at right), a communications major, carries a 3.65 grade point average and has been a three-time member of the Colonial Athletic Association Academic honor roll and has contributed to numerous off the court platforms. This year’s co-captain is a volunteer with the Special Olympics, the Emmaus House for the homeless, Brain Cancer Awareness foundation and the Side-out Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness.
She is also a H.E.N.S. Peer Mentor, the Co-President of the UD SAAC organization, a member of the Athletics Governing Board, as well as a member of the Lamda Pi Eta Communications Honor Society. Gibboney has also been a constant member on the Dean’s List.
She was one of two UD student-athletes who participated in the NCAA Career in Sports Forum, in Indianapolis over the summer, and wants to stay involved with collegiate athletics following graduation.
The Huntingdon, Pa. (Huntingdon Area HS) native, has also excelled on the court this season, starting each game as the libero. She currently leads the team and CAA in digs per set at 5.47, also ranking 14th in the latest NCAA Statistical Rankings. She is also the team’s most consistent server; recording 25 aces and only 17 errors on 392 attempts, totaling a .957 serve percentage.
Chason (below), a business major, carries a 3.48 grade point average and has also been a three-year member of the CAA Academic Honor Roll. The three-year starting setter is a frequent name on the Dean’s List and has been the UD Scholar Award recipient. She volunteers her time as a summer volleyball camp counselor, a H.E.N.S. Peer Mentor, the Special Olympics and is a childcare volunteer at the Emmaus House for the homeless.
The Harrisburg, N.C. (Cabarrus HS) native is a co-captain for the Blue Hens, and the reigning CAA Setter of the Year. She currently leads the CAA in assists per set, averaging 10.25 a game. She 3282 career assists rank her third on the program’s all-time list. She was a member of the 2009 All-CAA First Team and named the 2008 CAA Tournament Most Valuable Player, leading the team to the 2007 and 2008 CAA Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
The Blue Hen volleyball team has now produced five Academic All-District selections in the last four years. Along with Gibboney and Chason, Stephanie Barry and Michelle LaLonde were named to the second team last season while Colleen Walsh garnered first-team honors in 2007.
The Blue Hens are joined on the second team All-District squad by Zoe Bowens (Maryland-Eastern Shore), Bethany Springer (Maryland), Alyssa D’Errico (Penn State), Brittney Grove (Maryland), Christine Breisch (St. Francis, Pa.), and Madison Wojciechowski (Penn).
ESPN/CoSIDA District 2 All-Academic 1st team:
Amanda Graham (Robert Morris); Elizabeth Fleming (Marshall); Caitlin Saxton (Rutgers); Nina Camaioni (Loyola, Md.); Rachel Rodriguez (Bucknell); Nicole Wright (Duquesne)
ESPN/CoSIDA District 2 All-Academic 2nd Team:
Greta Gibboney (Delaware); Zoe Bowens (Maryland-Eastern Shore): Bethany Springer (Maryland); Jess Chason (Delaware); Alyssa D’Errico (Penn State); Brittney Grove (Maryland); Christine Breisch (St. Francis, Pa.); and Madison Wojciechowski (Penn).