AUSTIN, Texas – Clarion volleyball’s Catherine Ferragonio is one of 21 players nationwide to earn College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA) Academic All-America honors on Tuesday, with the Golden Eagle senior libero taking home a First Team recognition in 2017. It is the first career Academic All-America nod for Ferragonio.
The Academic All-America field was as competitive as it has ever been, with 16 of the 21 honorees owning perfect 4.00 GPA’s, including every member of the First Team. Ferragonio is of course included in that number with her 4.00 in Rehabilitative Sciences / Pre-OT.
Ferragonio cemented her spot as a top-flight defensive player in just her second year as the team’s starting libero, ranking third in the PSAC with a 5.94 digs/set average that was just 0.02 behind second-place Courtney Oberlander of Slippery Rock. Ferragonio finished with 695 digs on the season, which ranks eighth for a single season in program history, and nearly became just the third different player in program history to top 700 digs in a season.
The volleyball program has a long, rich history of placing athletes on the Academic All-America team. Most recently, Kaley Pittsley and Morgan Seybold earned Academic All-American honors in 2015, and Laura Subjectand Hannah Heeter won back-to-back Academic All-America of the Year (Volleyball) honors in 2013-14.