MACON, Ga. – Caitlin Dotson was named Atlantic Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year, announced by the conference Wednesday.
Dotson was the only student-athlete to be a unanimous selection on the A-Sun Academic All-Conference Team and is a two-time All-Academic Team member.
“The Scholar-Athlete of the Year is fantastic,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “She has worked extremely hard at her game volleyball wise and has been able to maintain an unbelievable grade point average in a pretty tough academic field.”
Dotson carries a 3.84 cumulative GPA in biology with minors in chemistry and psychology. The Louisville, Ky., native writes a blog for LipscombSports.com diving into the details of being on the road.
Dotson was named Tuesday to the All-A Sun Second Team.
Dotson leads the conference and is 12th in the NCAA with 11.62 assists per set and has 1,162 assists. Dotson also led the conference by almost an assist per set with 12.05 in conference play.
The junior was named the A-Sun (10/8) and Tennessee Sports Writers Association (10/9) Player of the Week. Dotson has had 12 double-doubles on the season and 25 in her career.
Dotson is second on the team with 274 digs, 2.74 digs per set and has added 57 kills, 19 service aces and nine total blocks.
Lauren Ford was also named to the A-Sun Academic All-Conference Team. The sophomore has a cumulative 3.89 GPA in exercise science.
Ford was also named Tuesday to the All-A Sun Second Team.
Ford is second on the team with 375 kills, 3.75 kills per set, which ranks third in the A-Sun. The Lenexa, Kan., native is also third in the conference with a 242 conference kills, a 3.78 kills per set.
The outside hitter is third on the team with 255 digs, 2.55 digs per set. Ford is tied for second on the team with 25 service aces, 0.25 service aces per set, which ranks 10th in the conference.
Ford came on strong in the A-Sun schedule with 17 service aces, a 0.27 service aces per set, which ranks eighth in the A-Sun.
Ford was named the A-Sun (9/10) and the TSWA (9/11) Player of the Week and also named the TSWA Nov. 6. Ford has had eight double-doubles on the season.
“I give credit to both of these girls, and the rest of our program, for never making excuses for missing classes because of volleyball,” Rosenthal said. “When girls come to be part of Lipscomb University’s volleyball program, they understand the academic success and athletic success, go hand and hand.”
No matter how successful the team is on the court, Rosenthal makes sure volleyball does not hurt their studies.
“We’ve been successful on the court, but what kind of gets swept under the rug, is how successful we’ve been off the court in the classroom,” Rosenthal said. “It’s a real credit to our girls, the time and effort they put in, not only being successful in volleyball, but more importantly being successful in the classroom.”