Volleyball Has Four Named to Academic All-District Team

Volleyball Has Four Named to Academic All-District Team

Academic All-District Release

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall volleyball team had four players named to the 2022 College Sports Communicators (formerly CoSIDA) Academic All-District® Team. This honor recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom.

Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CSC Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third-team Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in December. To be eligible for this honor a student-athlete most be at least a sophomore and have completed at least one full year at their current institution in addition to maintaining a 3.5 cumulative GPA while playing in at least half of the team's contests. The CSC Academic All-America® program separately recognizes volleyball honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

Lauren Arnold, Annmarie Earley, Meredith Mangum, and Hannah McCarthy all earned this distinction for the Diplomats. Each of these individuals are receiving this recognition for the first times in their career.

Junior Lauren Arnold earned this honor after one of the strongest blocking seasons in the Centennial Conference. Arnold ranked ninth in the Centennial Conference with 60 total blocks in 2022, including 16 solo efforts and 44 assisted blocks. Her 16 solo blocks were the fourth-highest mark in the conference. Heading into her senior season, Arnold ranks seventh in program history with 0.72 blocks per set and is just outside the top 20 all-time in solo blocks, block assists, and total blocks. A double major in both sociology and business, organizations & society, Arnold additionally tallied 90 kills and 21 digs this season.

The lone senior on this year's team, co-captain Annmarie Earley contributed in a number of aspects as she played in 47 sets over 18 matches. The senior totaled 54 digs, 40 kills, 16 blocks, 13 assists, and 13 service aces. She had a career-best 14 points on Senior Day against Bryn Mawr, adding another nine points earlier in the year during a crucial five-game win at Elizabethtown. She registered at least 4.5 points during six of her appearances. A public health major with a focus in biology, Earley was also named to the Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team earlier this fall.

Meredith Mangum, the 2022 Centennial Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year for volleyball, was also named the conference's defensive player of the year after ranking second in the conference with 435 digs. She averaged 4.74 digs per set in conference action as a co-captain alongside Earley. The junior ranks second in program history in both career serve percentage (.925) and serve reception percentage (.925). The joint studies major added 33 service aces and 92 assists to help the Diplomats this season.

Junior Hannah McCarthy was one of two primary setters for the Diplomats. Her 435 assists were the sixth-highest mark in the conference. McCarthy was one of only three Diplomats to appear in all 95 sets. She registered double-digit assist totals in all but one match this season, eclipsing the 20-helper mark five times, featuring a season-best 25 assists at Elizabethtown. A joint studies major, McCarthy is already ranked 11th in program history with 727 assists entering her senior season and is well positioned to join the 1,000 assist club despite a full season being canceled and missing parts of last year with an injury.

Volleyball finished the year with an 18-9 record that featured an 8-2 mark in Centennial Conference matches throughout the regular season. Making the team's 14th consecutive appearance in the conference tournament, the Diplomats advanced to the championship match with a second victory against Muhlenberg while also avenging a regular season defeat against Swarthmore in the semifinals.