TOWSON, Md. — Newberry College senior Samantha Parrish has been named a second team Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America and Capital One.
Parrish, a native of Angola, Ind., recently completed her collegiate career as the most prolific volleyball player in Newberry College history and adds to an already impressive list of accolades.
Parrish is the school’s only four-time all-South Atlantic Conference selection and holds the school career records for kills (1,572) and digs (1,686). She also ranks in the top 10 in school history in total blocks and service aces and is the only player in school history to rank in the top 10 in all four of those categories.
She helped lead the Wolves to three straight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances (2011, 2012, 2013) and Newberry became the first school from the state of South Carolina to win a match in the NCAA Division II volleyball tournament in 2012 with a first round victory over Flagler.
Parrish is Newberry’s 14th all-time CoSIDA Academic All-America and the first from the volleyball program. She was the fourth all-time Academic All-District selection earlier this year.
This marks Newberry’s sixth consecutive academic year with at least one CoSIDA Academic All-America.
At the time of her nomination, Parrish carried a 3.95 grade point average, majoring in English with a minor in political science. She was named to the inaugural Newberry College All-Academic Team in May, which recognized the highest grade point average on each team.
She has been named to the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times and is a two-time recipient of the Division II Athletic Directors’ Association Academic Acheivement Award. She also played one season on the tennis team, where she earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete honors.
Parrish is also active in the Newberry community, as she volunteers with the Newberry Literacy Council, promoting literacy awareness throughout the community and helping to teach adults in the community to read. Through the Literacy Council, Parrish also tutors adults in the community as they prepare for GED and other testing.
Parrish is one of three Academic All-Americans from the South Atlantic Conference, as Anderson’s Meghan Cautero and Tusculum’s Caitlyn Dean each earned third team honors.
The Capital One Academic All-America program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2013-14 Division II Academic All-America® teams program.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
For more information about the Academic All-America Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.