Katie Cooper's ability to balance sports and academics has its rewards. The third year volleyball player has received one of this fall's first honors from the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) by being named Women's Volleyball Player of the Week.
"At first I was in shock," Cooper said. "Especially since this is the first year I am playing defense ... Now, I'm really proud."
In fact, Katie is a key factor in the team's 3-1 record, recording 66 digs, as well as 10 serve aces, seven assists and three kills through 17 sets.
Cooper's older sister Amy, a senior majoring in early childhood education and sociology, is also on the team. Both Succasunna, N.J., residents came to College of Saint Elizabeth three years ago – Katie as a starting freshman and Amy as a transfer student from County College of Morris.
"Actually sports and academics work well at CSE," says Cooper, who is majoring in elementary education and psychology. "At CSE, the professors will work with you when there are meets, etc."
She added that both she and her sister like coach Tony Martins' style and philosophy.
Coach Martins speaks highly of his athletes as well. "I am proud of Katie for her excellence in the classroom and her continued excellence on the court," he said. "She truly is a great example of how D3, and especially CSE, gives students the opportunity to grow and blossom in a myriad of roles and demands on and off the court."
The performance of two other CSE athletes was also highlighted by NEAC: Senior Alexandra Budd of Florham Park, N.J., who placed seventh out of 30 runners at the 5K Monroe Mustang Stampede Saturday with a time of 23:42.87 (7:38 pace per mile); and, Freshman Nicole Morera of Lumberton, N.J., who registered 43 kills, 34 digs and 11 serve aces during a 3-1 week for the Screaming Eagles.
These honors were the first for the NEAC 2013-14 season.
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