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Beyers Named to CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team

Published: 07/13/2021

The Gannon Knight statue featured in McConnell Family Stadium

The Gannon Knight statue featured in McConnell Family Stadium

Gannon volleyball senior Ashley Beyers (Lanark, Ill./Eastland) has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Third Team, the organization announced on Tuesday afternoon.

The 2020-21 Academic All-America Women's Volleyball Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom. The CoSIDA Academic All-America program separately recognizes volleyball honorees in four divisions - NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA. This year's selections were made on career statistics due the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyers grabbed CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in June, which advanced her to the All-America ballot.

Beyers boasts a 3.72 cumulative grade point average in pre-veterinary & medicine/biology. The Lanark, Ill., native has appeared in 98 career matches and passed out 3,234 assists, which ranks fifth all-time in Gannon history. In 2019, Beyers set the Gannon single season record for assists with 1,411 and ranked fifth in NCAA Division II. She has been named a PSAC Scholar-Athlete four times in her career and earned the D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award in 2019-20.

Beyers becomes the sixth Academic All-American in program history and the first since Heather Petras earned the award in 1994-95. Kathy Wotus (1991-92), Ann Pearson (1991-92), Kristen Halliwell (1988-89) and Monica Mangefrida (1986-87) round out the group of Academic All-Americans in Gannon volleyball history.

The full release can be viewed here.