Tallahassee, Fla. – Three Seminole student-athletes were named Weaver-James-Corrigan postgraduate scholarship award winners Wednesday as announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference. Marco Nunez and Michael Rinaldi (men’s tennis) and Katherine Plessy (beach volleyball) were among 43 student-athletes in the conference that will each receive $5,000 in pursuit of a graduate degree.
Nunez and Rinaldi are the third and fourth members of the men’s tennis program to receive the award in the last four seasons, following Andres Bucaro (2013) and Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (2015). Plessy becomes the Seminoles’ first beach volleyball player to receive the award.
The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker postgraduate scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $5,000 toward his or her graduate education. Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sport, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.
The student-athletes will be honored at the annual Cone Health ACC Postgraduate Luncheon hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club and presented by ESPN on April 13 at the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel Imperial Ballroom in Greensboro.
Marco Nunez; Florida State; Finance; Tennis; Monterrey, Mexico
A team captain this season, Marco Nunez reached the NCAA Doubles Tournament in 2015 with Benjamin Lock and finished ranked 20th in the country last season. The Monterrey, Mexico native represented his country in the World University Games in 2015 and reached the doubles quarterfinals. He has compiled a 65-29 doubles mark at Florida State and is currently ranked No. 77 in the ITA rankings, the highest of his career. He was named to the All-ACC Academic Team as junior and made the ACC Honor Roll in 2014-15, as well as the Dean’s List (Fall 2015) and President’s List (Spring 2015).
Katherine Plessy; Florida State; Psychology; Beach Volleyball; Marietta, Ga.
A two-year starter for the Florida State beach volleyball team, Katherine Plessy was named a team captain for the 2016 season. She has posted an overall record of 36-12 in her first two seasons leading the Seminoles to a pair of appearances at the AVCA National Championships in 2013 and 2015. The Marietta, Ga., native currently serves as president of the ACC and FSU Student-Athlete Advisory Council. Plessy is a four-time President’s List (4.0 semester GPA) and a three-time Dean’s List honoree at Florida State and is a two-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. She was award a postgraduate internship with the NCAA in Championships and Alliances for the 2016-17 season.
Michael Rinaldi; Florida State; Political Science; Tennis; Palm City, Fla.
One of three senior captains this season, Michael Rinaldi was the recipient of the Golden Torch for the highest GPA on the team in 2014-15 while making the ACC Honor Roll and the Dean’s List. The Palm City, Fla., native has 68 career wins and is within striking distance of the Top 10 all-time at Florida State (83). As a junior, he overcame a wrist injury in the fall to record 13 wins and climbed to No. 79 in the ITA rankings in being named Third Team All-ACC. He has tallied at least 13 wins every season, including a high of 23 as a freshman.