Springfield, Mass. - November 4, 2016 - Springfield College women's volleyball standouts Lauren Holt (Granby, Conn.) and Marnae Mawdsley (Bolton, Conn.) each have been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District women's volleyball team, as selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) members in New England.
Springfield was just one of six teams among the 425 women's volleyball programs in Division III to have multiple recipients earn CoSIDA Academic All-District honors. The duo was awarded this recognition last year, marking the first time in Division III program history that the women's volleyball program at Springfield College has received multiple recipients on the All-District First Team in consecutive seasons.
Holt and Mawdsley are now both eligible for Capital One Academic All-America accolades, which will be voted upon later this fall.
Holt, an Athletic Training major at Springfield College, currently holds a 3.94 GPA, and has had a remarkable career. This season, Holt leads the nation in both total blocks (177) and blocks per set (1.67), and ranks in the top 20 nationally in hitting percentage (.380). A season ago, she was one of only three women's volleyball student-athletes at the NCAA Division III level to earn both First Team CoSIDA Academic All-America® honors and AVCA First Team All-America honors.
Mawdsley, a Sport Management major at Springfield and setter for the Pride, and has been tremendous this season. The senior captain plays a major role in orchestrating one of Division III women's volleyball's most efficient offenses, as the Pride are currently rank in 14th nationally with a .248 hitting percentage. Mawdsley currently holds a 3.92 grade-point average.
This upcoming weekend, the Pride will travel to MIT to take on Clark University in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Semifinals on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.