WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - The University of Saint Joseph volleyball team earned the 2016 GNAC Institutional Sportsmanship Award, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon by the conference front office in its annual year-end all-conference release. The award, and all the league honors, are voted on by the 12 GNAC coaches.
It marks the third time in the past four years that the Blue Jays have received the Institutional Sportsmanship Award. USJ also earned the honor in back-to-back seasons in 2013 and 2014.
Amari King from Anna Maria was named the GNAC Player of the Year, Jennelle Thompson (Saint Joseph's (Me.)) the Libero of the Year, Brylee Frank (JWU) the Rookie of the Year and Nancy Somera (JWU) the Coach of the Year to round out the league's major award winners.
The Blue Jays garnered the Institutional Sportsmanship Award and freshman outside hitter Lauren Pelletier (South Windsor) represented the Blue Jays on the GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
USJ finished the 2016 season with an overall record of 11-16 and 4-7 mark GNAC action.