Patriot Trio earns PBC All-Academic Honors

Francis Marion University seniors Jessica Imbimbo and Paige Perreault have been named to the 2013 Peach Belt Conference Volleyball All-Academic Team, while senior Megan Mooney garnered honorable mention recognition.

Both Mooney and Perreault earned the academic recognition for the third time.

The team is part of a season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the playing court. To be eligible, a student-athlete must participate in at least half of her team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor, achieve a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and have completed at least one full academic year at her current institution.

Imbimbo, a 5-11 opposite side hitter from Hudson, Fla. (Hudson High School), started all 30 matches this season and ranked among the conference's Top 25 in twelve different statistical categories. She posted 12 double-doubles for kills and digs, earned second-team All-Conference honors, and averaged 2.70 digs, 2.66 kills, 0.30 blocks, and 0.25 service aces per set.

In the classroom, Imbimbo owns a 3.806 grade point average as a mass communications major (philosophy minor).  She serves on the university's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, is a reporter for the FMU student newspaper (The Patriot), and has been inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society. She has also been named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll and the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll.

Perreault, a 5-10 outside hitter from Kankakee, Ill. (Clifton Central High School), appeared in all but one match and made 24 starts this past season.  She was fourth on the team with 189 digs and fifth in service aces (22). She appeared in all but one match during her career (120 of 121) and registered career totals of 621 digs, 306 kills, and 64 service aces.

Perreault owns a 3.693 GPA as a biology major (chemistry minor).  She has been named to both the PBC Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor rolls, received an ADA Academic Achievement Award in 2012, and is a member of the American Chemical Society. She is also a member of Tri-Beta Honor Society, ARS Medica, Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society, and Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society.

Mooney, a 6-1 middle blocker from Lake Oswego, Ore. (Lake Oswego High School), started every match this year for the Patriots.  She led the team in blocks (0.83 per set) and attack percentage (.230), while ranking fourth on the squad with 215 kills and 1.87 kills per set.  Her block figure ranked seventh in the PBC and she was fifth in total blocks with 96.

A three-year starter, she tallied career totals of 622 kills, 276 total blocks, and 80 services aces.

Academically, Mooney has posted a 3.335 GPA as a marketing major.  She has also been named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll and the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll.

The trio helped lead Francis Marion to a 21-9 record, the team's first 20-win season since 2008, and a third-place finish in the PBC regular season.

      Jessica Imbimbo                Paige Perreault                  Megan Mooney