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UNB women s volleyball team the smartest in Canada

Author: Communications

Posted on Sep 5, 2014

Category: UNB Fredericton , myUNB , In the Media , UNB Homepage

UNB’s Varsity Reds women’s volleyball team is not just acing it out on the court. They’re winning titles in the classroom, too. From left to right: Baylee Stockford, Paige Nelmes, Taylor Hutchison and Meghan Carson

This year, they’re the smartest team in Canada. Every single member of the squad received straight A’s in the 2013-14 academic year. Collectively, they had a team GPA of 3.9 out of 4.3.

Canadian Interuniversity Sport has a term for this – Academic All-Canadian. It’s awarded to each student-athlete who receives straight A’s (a GPA of 3.5 or higher) while competing for a varsity team.

It’s a massive achievement for student-athletes who balance full-time studies with heavy practice and competition schedules.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this team,” head coach Jilliane Goulet said. “They definitely commit fully to everything that they do and that shows on the court and on their transcripts.”

UNB prides itself on having a large portion of its student-athletes achieve Academic All-Canadian status. But this is the first time an entire team has met the challenge.

“We strive to be champions of academic and athletic excellence,” said UNB Director of Athletics John Richard. “We continue to be blown away by our student-athletes' achievements. I have no doubt that the dedication and determination that they show in these two areas of their lives will play a strong role in their future successes."