Ohio Volleyball: Academic success continues on semesters

If the list of reasons to dislike the quarter to semester switch was not long enough, its interference with the Ohio University volleyball team’s tournament focus can now officially be added to the list.

Ohio volleyball has been a mark of excellence in academics. (Photo by Devin Rhodes)

This year will be the first year that the tournament will coincide with the Bobcats class schedule. On quarters, the season was over by the time the players began finals and the team was always prepared for post-season practice without having their schoolwork to worry about as well.

Luckily for the Bobcats, maintaining good grades and balancing school and sport has become a mastered skill.

“It’s going to be new for us, but I don’t think it should affect us much. We have our time management down pretty well that we can manage our classes between practice and on the road,” Senior Leah Petrovich said.

The team was previously presented with a Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the 2011-2012 school year and had a nationally ranked cumulative GPA.

Likewise, the team has had at least three players on the All-Academic Team for the past five seasons and eight different players have been named to a MAC All-Academic team over the last four years.

Both of this year’s seniors, Leah Petrovich and Faith Robins, were awarded All-MAC Academic Honorable Mentions last season.

“You pretty much get into a routine that you go by. Freshman year is the hardest, but by senior year you’re just on a roll so it isn’t very difficult anymore,” Robins said.

As seniors, Petrovich and Robins realize the importance of achieving academic success for when they graduate in order to pursue their majors of Journalism News and Information and Psychology respectively.

The team has routines put into place to help them reach success and receive support from their teachers and the university in their encouragement and understanding. They have helped create a high standard of achievement by exceeding their team GPA goal each season.

“Academic success was definitely a big part of the culture coming in.  Everyone had to have good grades, and even on road trips and things like that, we have study hall hours to help us achieve that,” Robins said.

This atmosphere is something that the team strives for not only for their own benefit, but also for the community members and other students that come out to see them play as well.

“It helps build pride in the program. It makes them want to come and see us even more, because it shows them that we want to excel on and off the court as student athletes,” Petrovich said.

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