Franklin Pierce’s Ray achieves student-athlete honors

Senior outside hitter Natasha Ray of the Franklin Pierce University volleyball team has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America/Capital One Academic All-District I First Team. As a result of the selection, Ray will advance to the Academic All-America ballot.

To be eligible for selection, each student-athlete must own a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average or higher, be at least a sophomore in academic standing and be a starter or significant contributor athletically.

It is the first Academic All-District selection for Ray, who earned both the NE-10 Conference’s Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence selection in volleyball and a spot on the Northeast-10 Academic All-Conference Team a year ago.

In her third and final season as a Raven after transferring in from Yavapai College before the 2011 season, Ray sports a 3.88 grade-point average as a mass communication major. On the court so far in 2013, Ray is averaging 2.60 kills per set (169 total kills) and 2.46 digs per set (160 digs) while hitting .184 over 17 matches. Along the way, she has added 25 aces and 19 blocks (three solo) to average 3.15 points per set (205 points). She currently ranks in the top-20 in the Northeast-10 in both kills and points per set.

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