Gray earns CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honors

Published on
December 07, 2015

Gray earns CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honorsUnion College senior Chandler Gray was named to the 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-America® College Division Volleyball First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Gray is the second Union student-athlete this fall to make a CoSIDA Academic All-America® College Division team, joining Morgan Hiles who earned second team honors on the women's soccer team. In all, Union has had 15 student-athletes earn CoSIDA Academic All-America® honors.

This is also only the third time Union has placed someone on the first team. Gray joins Allison Fowler (women's basketball, 2008) and Zach Eagler (football, 2012) as first team honorees.

The CoSIDA College Division Academic All-America® volleyball teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.

To be nominated for the award, a student-athlete must be a sophomore, junior or senior with a minimum 3.30 grade-point average and participate in at least 50 percent of their team's games.

A four-year member of the Bulldogs, Gray is a psychology major from Alexandria, Ky. She posted a career-high 749 assists this season and recorded a season-high 30 assists in a 3-1 win at Montreat College on Oct. 13, and she ended her career with 2,146 career assists. Gray also notched a career-high 250 digs this season to finish with 750 for her career. For her efforts, Gray was named to the All-Appalachian Athletic Conference Second Team

Gray helped Union to a 27-13 overall record and the AAC Tournament championship. The Bulldogs advanced to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round for the second year in a row and for the fourth time ever.

Joining Gray on the CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team are Ashlee Harms of Midland University, Taylor Harper of the University of Mobile, Shannon Liewer, Mallory Livingston of Indiana University East and Karlie Schut of Northwestern College (Iowa).

Making up the CoSIDA Academic All-America® second team are Cali Beyer of Clarke College, Rachelle Chamberlain of Eastern Oregon University, Rebecca Just of St. Catharine College, Hannah Luedtke of Mid-America Christian University, Bailey Nations of Mobile and Keri Tanking of Ottawa University.

Four members – Gray, Harms, Chamberlain and Tanking - of the CoSIDA Academic All-America® saw their respective teams participate in the 2015 NAIA Volleyball National Championship.

There are a total of six student-athletes with a G.P.A. of 4.0. The first team boast a combined G.P.A. of 3.98, while the second team has a combined G.P.A. of 3.94. The overall G.P.A. for this year's team is 3.96.