Nov. 9, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
During her four years on the Florida State volleyball team, Sarah Griffin has won virtually every academic award there is, but Thursday (November 9) she added one more to that list. The senior became the first Seminole in 13 years to earn ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District honors with a Second-Team District III selection.
“Obviously it’s a well deserved award,” FSU head coach Todd Kress said. “No student-athlete works harder or puts in more time and energy into excelling on and off the court than Sarah. We’re truly going to miss her when she’s gone. We’re going to miss her leadership and work ethic, but we’re going to enjoy the last three weeks that she’s in program and make the most of it.”
A three-year member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll and a 2005 Academic All-ACC Volleyball Team selection, Griffin (Hereford, Texas) has a 3.59 grade point average in finance with a minor in law & society. She is the first Seminole to earn Academic All-District honors since Jennifer McCall in 1993 and the sixth in school history. Sherry Cowling in 1992 is the volleyball program’s only Academic All-American.
A two-year team captain, Griffin has been on the Dean’s List (3.5 gpa or higher) four semesters and won the 2005 Golden Torch Award for having the highest gpa on the team for the 2004-05 school year. As a sophomore she garnered the Golden Nole Impact Award for outstanding community service and last season she picked up a Top 6 Community Service Award. In addition, Griffin is the president of the FSU’s S.A.A.C (Student Athlete Advisory Council) and is on the executive board of Seminole Student Boosters.
“It’s a neat feeling, but that’s what being a student-athlete is all about, being able to manage both sports and academics,” Griffin admitted. “For me it all comes down to prioritizing and what’s most important to me, especially this year.
“I manage my time as far as I know I have this much time for practice and this much time for class so I know what I can and can’t do. I still have friends and a social life, but right now that’s not as important as making good grades or doing extra reps on the court.”
Griffin excels just as well on the court as she does off it. Ranked sixth in the ACC with 0.40 aces per game, she needs three more aces to take over fifth-place in school history at 134 career aces. The 2006 FSU Invitational MVP, she leads the team at 1.02 blocks per game while ranking second in digs, kills and points.
The ACC was well represented in District III with student-athletes from the league schools making up 10 of the 18 recipients. Duke and Virginia each had three winners, with Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Miami at one each.