As the women on the Pitt State Volleyball Team suit up this year, they bring much more than technical skills with them to the court. The team has been recognized with the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2011 season after earning a 3.72 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The award was given to 67 Division II schools and only three other schools in the MIAA.
“Our professors are very supportive,” said Brooke Fay, senior marketing major and middle hitter for the Gorillas. “Coach Ib really instills the importance of the student-teacher relationship, which is very important when games sometimes interfere with class.”
Head coach Ibraheem Suberu holds academic success as the highest goal for his team.
“The reason these athletes are here is in pursuit of academic and career goals,” Subaru said. “We make sure we align with the university’s main goal and let our students know when we are recruiting them that we have a strong focus on academics.”
Subaru said the Gorillas added an international twist to their studies this year.
“With great support from the International Office and athletics administration, the team was able to have our first international experience,” said Suberu.
The team took part in an international study program through which they toured Europe, making stops at Corvinus University in Budapest, Bulgaria; the University of Klagenfurt, in Austria; and Ca’Foscari University in Venice, Italy. At each university, the women scrimmaged with other teams and met with students and professors.
“We were able to give the athletes the opportunity to move the classroom setting beyond PSU to gain new experiences and knowledge,” Suberu said.
“We had so much fun playing schools in other countries,” said Fay. “And the cultural experience was awesome.”
The volleyball team begins their season this weekend, hosting a tournament at Pittsburg High School. A full schedule can be found at pittstategorillas.com.