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Volleyball standout named athlete-scholar of the year

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    Libby Bochniak maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her college career and made new Georgia College volleyball records. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS
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Georgia College volleyball standout Libby Bochniak has been named the 2020-21 Peach Belt Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The award is the highest individual honor given to student-athletes by the conference.

Bochniak is a native of Marietta and maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her entire collegiate career. Along with being chosen as one of GC’s valedictorians, she has also been named to the Academic All-District.

“This is a fitting tribute to a fantastic career for Libby,” said Director of GC Athletics Wendell Stanton. “Student-athletes like Libby Bochniak come along once in a career. “We are so proud of Libby and are fortunate to have her spend her college career at Georgia College.”

Bochniak admits that, although challenging, she did what she had to do to win on and off the court.

“Time management is a big thing,” she said. “We were traveling throughout the week, on weekends, practicing every day. It was challenging, but I learned how to use my free time to the best of my ability.”

She also gives thanks to the college for giving her the tools that she needs to succeed.

“Georgia College provided a great pathway for me to get closer to my professors,” Bochniak said. “Through those relationships, I was able to keep track of my academics.”

She will now continue her education at Lincoln Memorial University. Bochniak majored in biology and minored in chemistry. After graduation, she is planning on becoming a physician.

Bochniak became the first in the program to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. She was named to the PBC All-Tournament team twice. During her collegiate career, she was named PBC Player of the Week twice and ranked 14th in all-time kills for the conference with 1,108.

Bochniak is the third GC female athlete named PBC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, joining Shanteona Keys in 2015 and Margaret Klinger in 1999.