ATLANTA, Ga. - The ASUN Conference recognized its 2018-19 Fall Winners for Life team on Monday. The team is comprised of one student-athlete from each of the nine institutions and honors those who display excellence on and off the playing surface.
2018 ASUN Conference Fall Winners for Life Team
Maggie Rick, FGCU
Mallory Mattingly, Jacksonville
Liesl Engelbrecht, Kennesaw State
Cora Duinick, Liberty
Logan Paynter, Lipscomb
Arianna Gerber, NJIT
Emma Knight, North Alabama
Taryn Griffey, North Florida
Hillary Melly, Stetson
Maggie Rick capped her incredible senior Volleyball career by helping FGCU advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. She became the first four-time ASUN All-Conference selection in program history. Rick ranks fifth on the all-time career assist list in the conference after dishing out 4,540 assist in her Eagles' career. She was the ASUN Setter of the Year in 2016 during her sophomore season, and then earned ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors this past fall. She was a Dean's List member four times, while holding a cumulative GPA of 3.89 and a 4.00 GPA in her major. The Economics major is the first FGCU Volleyball player to earn ASUN All-Academic team honors on three occasions. Off the court, Rick has helped in the Gladiolus Learning and Development Center. She has also earned community service hours at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Habitat for Humanity and Project Life Movement. Rick has been an active member in FGCU's SAAC organization, serving as the Volleyball liaison during her time in Fort Myers.
Our second volleyball student-athlete on the Fall Winners for Life team is Jacksonville's Mallory Mattingly. The junior outside hitter has played a key role for the Dolphins since she arrived on campus a few seasons ago. She became just the ninth player in program history to surpass 1,000 kills in her Dolphin career. She tallied a career-best 383 kills this past season. A two-time ASUN Player and Freshman of the Week, Mattingly has been an all-around player for the Dolphins, adding 776 career digs on the defensive end. She holds a cumulative GPA of 3.56, with a 3.60 GPA in her major. She is heavily involved with her local church that helps out tremendously in the community. She volunteers at the humane society and has organized beach cleanups with her team mates. Over her career, she has grown into one of the team leaders for the Dolphins Volleyball squad.
Kennesaw State's Liesl Engelbrecht is one of the most decorated volleyball student-athletes to ever play at Kennesaw State. The middle blocker has been a dominating force at the net, being named to the All-Conference Team in both 2017 & 2018. She helped lead the Owls to their first-ever ASUN Conference title and continued to excel on the court this season. She posted a career-best 120 total blocks this season, and ranks 12th in the ASUN record books with 366 career blocks. Off the court, Engelbrecht has done community service work for the Gerontolgy Center and volunteered at a Women's Shelter. As part of a study abroad program, Engelbrecht sold Peruvian bracelets to raise money for both shelters.
Cora Duinick is a sophomore defender on the Liberty Women's Soccer team and our next selection to the Fall Winners for Life team. The Biology major holds a 3.9 GPA at Liberty and is one of the SAAC reps on campus. She started in 16 of 17 games this season on the pitch. Off the field, she has helped with Spooktacular and with the Liberty Student-Athlete Trick or Treat so Others Can Eat event this past fall, which raised nearly 3,000 canned food items.
Lipscomb's Logan Paynter capped his incredible Bisons career with a run in the NCAA Championship that included two victories. He finished the 2018 season with 10 goals and three assists. Paynter became a Four-Time First Team All-Conference selection this season. His accolades during his senior campaign also included Second Team All-Southeast Region and CoSIDA Academic All-American Third Team recognition. Off the pitch, Paynter earned a Masters in Business Administration. He also volunteered at Carter Law Elementary School and the Hillsboro Church of Christ Summer Camp. The ASUN Men's Soccer Player & Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2018 posted a 3.77 undergrad and 3.72 graduate GPA.
Senior forward Arianna Gerber is NJIT's selection on the Fall Winners for Life team. She owns a 3.81 cumulative GPA working towards her Bachelor's Degree in Biology. She is on schedule to graduate this upcoming spring with Magna Cum Laude. She is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society and Chi Alpha Sigma Society. Her leadership and play were instrumental in leading NJIT to its best-ever season with 11 victories in 2018. She finished her playing career tied for the most assists (18) in NJIT program history. The co-captain was named to the First Team All-Conference in 2018 as well. Off the pitch, Gerber has contributed to the Buddy Walk and Cancer 5K Walk. She has volunteered at several rehab facilities with her plans on pursuing a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy.
Emma Knight from North Alabama is our first Cross Country selection on this year's Fall Winners for Life team. The junior runner is a Chemistry (Pre-Dental) major at North Alabama and holds 3.95 cumulative GPA. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Order of Omega Honors Society. She was a USTFCCA Scholar Athlete selection in 2017 and earned ASUN All-Academic Team honors in 2018. She is one of North Alabama's SAAC Representatives and an Alpha Gamma Delta Purchasing Coordinator. She volunteers with the Lions Leadership Academy and Kindred Hospice in the local area. On the course, Knight helped North Alabama finish sixth at the 2018 ASUN Championship in its first season at the Division I level.
Junior Taryn Griffey was an integral part of the North Florida volleyball team in 2018 and earns a spot on the Fall Winners for Life team. The middle blocker posted career-highs in kills (17) against Oral Roberts, while also posting a new career-high with 10 blocks against New Mexico later in the season. Off the court, Griffey is the SAAC President at her school and was a leader in the Project Life movement. She has also volunteered with the Florida Baptist Children's Home and Lend-A-Wing. She is an International Business major and owns a cumulative GPA of 3.78, while also minoring in Spanish.
Stetson's Men's Cross Country runner Hillary Melly rounds out this year's Fall Winners for Life team. The junior from Eldoret, Kenya set the school record for an 8K run this season with a time of 25:02.6 at the Florida Invitational. He was an ASUN Second Team All-Conference selection this fall. At the NCAA South Region Championship, Melly posted another school record, this time in the 10K, with a time of 32:30.8 on the Tallahassee, Fla. course.
The Winners for Life team honors a campus citizen that is respected as one who shares and/or demonstrates the ASUN Core Values: Education, Honesty, Student-Athlete Experience, Fairness, Health, Ambition, Respect, Diversity, Inclusion, Leadership, Responsibility, and Sportsmanship. To be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must have competed in the current academic year in an ASUN sponsored sport and be in good academic standing at his/her university.