• Florida Gateway College middle blocker Madison Morrison leaps up to block a shot in a match last season. She’ll be a sophomore this upcoming season (FILE).
  • Florida Gateway College libero Tristyn Sutherland serves in a match this past season. She graduated this spring (FILE).

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: 2 T-Wolves make all-academic team

FGC’s Morrison, Sutherland were recently selected.

Two Florida Gateway College student-athletes were recently selected to the 2017-18 FCSAA All-Academic Team. Tristyn Sutherland and Madison
Morrison received the honor after posting high grades in classroom. Morrison ended the year with a 3.93 GPA while Sutherland posted a 3.42.

"I'm extremely proud of Tristyn and Madison and their placement on the All-Academic Team," FGC coach Richie Tang said. "I have always stressed to our program they need to be true student-athletes and they certainly are the epitome of it… It's certainly a difficult thing to juggle the demands of academics while being a top-notch volleyball player."

Sutherland, who recently graduated from FGC, played libero while Morrison played at the middle blocker position. Morrison is one of the team's key returners in 2018.

FGC competed last year in its first season in 36 years. The Lady Timberwolves finished 7-11 in 18 games. While the team loses some players from last year, including Sutherland, the team is expected to be bolstered by a solid recruiting class as they shed independent status and enter the Sun-Lakes Conference.

FGC is set to compete with the likes of St. Johns River State College, Lake Sumter State College, Pasco-Hernando State College, South Florida State College and Gulf Coast State College. The Lady Timberwolves open the season at Johnson University on Aug.13 and host their first conference match on Sept. 14 (Sumter).

SUMMER FUN: FGC volleyball holds its summer camp next week (July 16-19). Campers ages 12-18 are welcomed to sign up. The camp will focus on fundamentals and skill development in passing, attacking, setting and in other areas.  For more information, contact athletic coordinator Rebbeca Golden (386-754-4271).

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