Feb. 1, 2006
WASHINGTON - Senior Jennifer Cosco's fourth straight selection to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll highlighted the American University volleyball team's eight athletes named to the honor roll, league officials announced Wednesday. Cosco led the team for the fall semester to a combined 3.16 grade point average.
Joining Cosco on the list for upperclassman was third-time selection and All-PL First Teamer Elizabeth Maloney (Toronto, Ontario/Richview C.I.). In addition, sophomores Tara Stradling (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) and Logan Striebel (Raleigh N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) were named to the list for the second straight year.
For a year in which one of the main storylines of the Eagles team was the evolution and improvement of its freshmen class, it is only appropriate that all four were named to the academic honor roll. Patriot League All-Second team selections Christina Nash (Princeton, Fla./Coral Reef) and Rubena Sukaj (Tirana, Albania/Asim Vokshi) as well as Tessa Paginini (Sonoma Calif./Sonoma Valley) and Emily Springer (Frederick, Md./Notre Dame Academy) all eclipsed the 3.20 grade point average requirement.
In the last 10 years, the Eagles volleyball team has only dipped below a combined 3.0 grade point average once. The Eagles' eight selections were part of 47 volleyball players and 495 athletes in total in the Patriot League named to the academic honor roll.
2005 was another great season all-around for an Eagles squad that only sported three upperclassmen. Over the course of the fall, the team found its rhythm on the court, highlighted by fighting its way back from down 2-1 in two Patriot League Tournament games to come back and win the Championship for the fifth straight year. Head coach Barry Goldberg won his 400th career match and Maloney and senior Cutrina Biddulph (Reseda, Calif./Granada Hills) were named to the All-PL first team. The team returns four starters next fall, but loses Cosco and Biddulph to graduation this spring.