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Dec. 15, 2011
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (seminoles.com) - Florida State University junior volleyball student-athlete Amanda Saxton was awarded the NCAA Elite 89 Award at the Division I Women's Volleyball Championship banquet Wednesday evening at the Henry Gonzalez Convention Center.
A double major in communications and business, Saxton shows a 4.0 cumulative grade point average. She has been honored in the past for academics at the annual Golden Nole banquet, and was also recognized for outstanding work in community service at the Golden Torch banquet.
"I'm very humbled and honored to receive this award," Saxton said. "I know this is something I wouldn't be receiving if we didn't have as good of a year as we are having now. My teammates have really helped make this possible by how well they are playing, and I'm very grateful to receive a tremendous award like this."
The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers.
The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.
The Seminoles take part in their first-ever trip to the national semifinals with a matchup versus UCLA on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. ET in the Alamodome. The match will be televised on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.