Feb. 28, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Junior outside hitter Olivera Medic and sophomore setter Sarah Wickstrom were two of 32 student-athletes honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference after being named to the 2012 All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team on Thursday afternoon.
Aside from both players playing an integral role in the team's success this past season, Medic and Wickstrom have demonstrated an ability to succeed in the classroom as well. Medic, a psychology major from Subotica, Serbia, has a 3.313 cumulative GPA at Florida State and a 3.375 GPA in her collegiate career.
Prior to her first semester at Florida State, Medic was an academic standout at Western Wyoming. She earned a spot on the Dean's List in all four of her semesters and was honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association for exemplary academic achievement. In her first season at Florida State, Medic started 30 of 32 matches and finished second on the team in kills and digs per set.
Wickstrom, a Stuart, Fla. native, is a sport management major who has a 3.250 cumulative GPA at Florida State. She also won the team's Golden Torch award last fall for her academic success.
Wickstrom was a vital part to Florida State's NCAA national semifinal run two seasons ago as a freshman. This past year, she recorded 639 assists and played in all 32 matches while helping middle blocker Sareea Freeman become one of the nation's top hitters. Wickstrom looks to move into the starting role next season with the graduation of senior Duygu Duzceler.
Eleven schools are represented on this year's All-ACC Academic Team, led by Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, and Miami with four apiece. Clemson and North Carolina had three student-athletes recognized. Boston College, Florida State, NC State, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest all had two players honored.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
To be eligible for consideration for the All-ACC Academic Team, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career.
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