Austin, Texas - December 6, 2016 - Seniors Lauren Holt (Granby, Conn.) and Marnae Mawdsley (Bolton, Conn.) of the Springfield College women's volleyball program were honored for their commitment to athletics as well as academics, and received Capital One Academic All-America® honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Holt was named to the First Team while Mawdsley was named to the Third Team, marking the first season since 1996 that two Springfield College athletes from the same team have been selected for the award.
The three teams awarded are comprised of 18 athletes throughout Division III, of which five of the honoreers were from New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). Springfield, along with MIT, were the only institutions in the country to have two Capital One Academic All-America® women's volleyball honorees.
Holt received CoSIDA Academic All-America® recognition for the second consecutive season, as this is only the fourth time that a Springfield College student-athlete has multiple first team honors. Additionally, Holt was the only women's volleyball student-athletes at the NCAA Division III level to earn both First Team Capital One Academic All-America® honors and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) First Team All-America honors.
An Athletic Training major at Springfield College who currently holds a 3.94 GPA, Holt put together a tremendous senior season, garnering four separate player of the year honors. A first team AVCA All-America selection in 2016 and 2015, Holt was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Year and Defensive Athlete of the Year. She led Division III this season with a program record 193 total blocks, the second-consecutive year she has led the country in blocks.
Mawdsley garnered third team honors for the first time with a 3.92 grade-point-average. A Sport Management major at Springfield and setter for the Pride, she finished the season with 1,023 assists and 320 digs. The senior captain played a major role in orchestrating one of Division III women's volleyball's most efficient offenses, with the Pride hitting .240 on the year. For her efforts, she has been a two-time AVCA New England All-Region Team member and AVCA Honorable Mention All-American in 2015 and 2016.