UNCW Senior Named CAA's Volleyball Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The University of North Carolina Wilmington senior Christi Laite was named the Colonial Athletic Association's Volleyball Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year, the University announced today. Laite is the first player in UNCW's volleyball program history to earn the distinction, which is given annually by the league in each of its 21 championship sports.

"This is such a huge honor for Christi to be recognized for her accomplishments off the court and represents the overall strength of CAA volleyball," said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. "Christi has always taken pride in being a student-athlete, and her dedication in both these areas have made a tremendous impact on our program. "

Laite played a key role in the Seahawks' highly successful 2013 season, leading the team and ranking among the top six players in the league in hitting percentage, kills per set, and points per set. She was chosen to the CAA All-Tournament team and also earned All-Tournament honors at three regular-season events. In addition, she was named MVP of Navy's Kristen Dickmann Invitational in August.

In the classroom, Laite is a Biology major with a 3.61 cumulative GPA. A member of the UNCW's honors program, Laite is a three-time CAA Commissioner's Academic Award and Golden Seahawk Award recipient.