Navy’s Mattingly Garners Two Academic Awards
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– Two days after earning a pair of athletic awards, Navy volleyball player Patricia Mattingly (Jr., New Albany, Ind.) garnered a pair of academic accolades. Mattingly was announced Thursday as the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the sport and as the recipient of a First-Team Academic All-District honor by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Mattingly was named Tuesday as the league setter of the year and as a first-team all-league honoree. This is the second year in a row in which she has earned both of those athletic laurels as well as the league scholar-athlete-of-the-year nod. It is the first academic all-district award of her career.
Nominees for the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award needed to be at least a sophomore academically, a starter or key reserve on the team and have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average. Only sophomores with a minimum 3.30 overall GPA can be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-District accolade.
Mattingly has compiled a 3.83 GPA as an applied mathematics major. She posted a 4.00 GPA during the 2016 fall semester and is currently ranked 76th in the Class of 2019’s Overall Order of Merit. On the volleyball court, Mattingly has dished out 1,023 assists this season and is averaging 9.56 assists per set. Both of those numbers place her second in the Patriot League, with her assist total also ranking 84th nationally.
She dished out 40 or more assists in nine matches this year, which includes at least 50 assists in two matches and 48 in two additional contests. She also has snared 10 or more digs in 10 matches this season, which brings her career assists-digs double-double total to 35. Already the Navy record holder for the most career assists during the rally scoring era (since 2001), her 2,760 career assists stands third overall in school history.
Mattingly has guided Navy to an overall record of 48-26 and a Patriot League record of 29-19 since taking over as the team’s starting setter midway through the 2015 season. This year, the Mids have posted an overall record of 22-7 and enter the Patriot League Tournament as the No. 2 seed after havig placed second during the regular season with a 12-4 record.
Navy will face No. 3 seed Army West Point Saturday at 5 p.m. in the semifinal round of the league tournament, which will be held at American University in Washington, D.C.
The seven-player Patriot League Academic All-Patriot League Team includes 2016 and ‘17 league player of the year Aleksandra Kazala and 2017 libero of the year Kristen Largay from American. The CoSIDA Academic All-District II Team, which includes players from schools located in Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., also consists of seven players. Mattingly’s fellow Patriot League setter Megan Polak from Lehigh is on the team, as is two-time Academic All-American Haleigh Washington from Penn State who currently leads the NCAA with a .515 attack percentage for the No. 1 ranked Nittany Lions.
The lone prior Mid to be tabbed as the league’s scholar-athlete of the year for the sport was Rachel Dougherty in 2007. Additionally, Dougherty (2007, second team) and Cheryl Dolyniuk (1982, first team) are the only Navy volleyball players to have earned Academic All-America honors. Mattingly is now on the national ballot for the Academic All-America accolade along with all of the first-team all-district recipients from each of the eight districts.
2017 Academic All-Patriot League Team
Aleksandra Kazala, American, Jr., OH, 3.57, Business Administration
Kristen Largay, American, So., L, 3.68, Business Administration
Peighton McRobie, Colgate, Jr., L/DS, 3.89, English
Lauren Sanderson, Colgate, Sr. S, 3.79, English
Megan Polak, Lehigh, Jr., S, 3.92, Behavioral Neuroscience
Patricia Mattingly, Navy, Jr., S, 3.83, Applied Mathematics –– Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Hailey Stout, Bucknell, Sr., OH, 3.64, Markets, Innovation & Design
CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 (DC, DE, KY, MD, NJ, PA, WV)
McKenzie Eskridge, Northern Kentucky, Sr., 4.00, Sociology
Haley Libs, Northern Kentucky, Jr., 4.00, Exercise Science
Patricia Mattingly, Navy, Jr., 3.83, Applied Mathematics
Dara Peric, Temple, Sr., 3.94, Finance
Megan Polak, Lehigh, Jr., 3.92, Behavioral Neuroscience
Chloe Rojas, Eastern Kentucky, Jr., 4.00, Journalism
Haleigh Washington, Penn State, Sr., 3.79, Philosophy