Navy’s Mattingly Named Academic All-American
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– Navy volleyball player Patricia Mattingly (Jr., New Albany, Ind.) was announced Monday as a Third-Team Academic All-American for the sport by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Mattingly is just the third Navy volleyball player to earn Academic All-America honors. Cheryl Dolyniuk was the first to do so when she garnered first-team honors in the fall of 1982, with Rachel Dougherty becoming the second with the laurel when she received second-team status in the fall of 2007.
Mattingly became eligible for the Academic All-America honor after being one of seven volleyball players who were named to the all-district team in November.
To be eligible for the initial district ballot, student-athletes must have attained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30 through the end of the 2017 summer term, be at a minimum a sophomore academically, as well as be a starter or key reserve on their respective team. CoSIDA’s District II consists of Division I schools located in Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. Each school is allowed to nominate up to three student-athletes for the volleyball ballot. The top-7 student-athletes in each district are then placed onto the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.
Each of the three Academic All-American teams consists of seven players.
The Academic All-America accolade only enhances an already impressive list of awards garnered by Mattingly. She has previously been selected as the 2016 and ‘17 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for her sport, was named the league’s setter of the year in both 2016 and ‘17 and received First-Team All-Patriot League honors both this year and last season.
In the classroom, Mattingly has posted an overall GPA of 3.83 as an applied mathematics major. She posted a 4.00 GPA during the 2016 fall semester and enters exam week at Navy ranked 76th in the Class of 2019’s Overall Order of Merit.
On the volleyball court, she is the Navy record holder for career assists during the rally scoring era (since 2001) and ranks third overall at Navy with 2,810 assists to her name. Mattingly led the Patriot League this year during the league season in both total assists (622) and assists per set (10.37 aps), and ranked second in the league in both categories for the full year (1,072, 9.49 aps).
Navy has posted a record of 49-27 overall and 29-19 in league play in matches Mattingly has started since she took over as the team’s starting setter midway through her freshman season. This year, Mattingly guided the Mids to a 23-8 record overall (tying the school record for the most victories in a Division I season), a 12-4 record in league matches, a second-place finish in the league regular season (highest since sharing the regular season title in 1999) and the program’s first berth in the championship match of the Patriot League Tournament since 1999.
Mattingly is the third Mid to earn Academic All-America honors this fall. She joins women’s soccer players Megan Hegarty (first team and Academic All-American of the Year for the sport) and Sydney Fortson (second team) in receiving the accolade thus far this year.