Good morning, Jeff checking in with you with an unusual (for me) weekday column.
Tis the time when academic updates for the past semester arrive, and, as usual, the numbers are good across the board for UofL women's sports.
Overall in the athletic department, both men's and women's sports, 561 players earned a 3.0 or better, qualifying for the Athletic Director's Honor Roll, 462 of those achieved a 3.25 or higher, and a whopping 93 booked a 4.0
Frequently the highest average GPA team is Field Hockey, but they got edged out this semester by Women's Soccer. Soccer scored 3.743 average, with Field Hockey checking in at 3.67. Basketball got a solid 3.348, Volleyball 3.47, Softball 3.39, Track and Field 3.63, just getting edged out by Lacrosse at 3.633.
An individual honor also, Anna DeBeer is out there not only denting floors with her kills, but also ruining test curves, apparently. DeBo was named a First Team Academic All-American. The press release doesn't give her specific GPA, but there were apparently two 4.0's on the volleyball squad, so I'm guessing she was one of those. Field Hockey had six players with 4.0s, while Softball and Lacrosse had four each hit that all-As result for the semester.
In this day and age of NIL, and discussions about whether college athletes are, or should be, employees for the purposes of competition, it's easy to forget that, at least for the time being, they are students first and foremost, at least notionally.
Congratulations to these women getting it done both on and off the field of play.
A Quick Volleyball Tidbit
It seems like this was already known and announced, and maybe it was and the program social media is just now putting something out about it, but they did announce a couple of days ago that Payton Peterson was named the Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year in Iowa.
Peterson, just a week ago stat'ed a team leading 13 kills in the Under Armour Next All American match as I mentioned on Sunday. She may need a bigger trophy case.