Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cain garners OVC academic accolade

It's awards season in the Ohio Valley Conference.

JSU senior football safety Josh Cain has picked up another academic accolade, Wednesday being named one of six -- three men, three women -- to receive the OVC Scholar-Athlete Award for 2008-09.

Cain and the other five winners were picked from a group of 19 finalists by a vote of OVC Faculty Athletics Representatives. The other winners were Teresa Craig of Tennessee Tech (volleyball), Jamie Furstenberg of UT-Martin (soccer), Jessica Goshert of Eastern Kentucky (soccer), Derek Hardman of Eastern Kentucky (football) and Leonardo Locatelli of Austin Peay (tennis).

Kelsey Johnikin, a senior guard on the Gamecocks' women's basketball team, also was nominated for the award.

The All-OVC volleyball team is expected to be announced later today. How can JSU coach Rick Nold not be named Coach of the Year. Sure, his team won the regular season title and will host the conference tournament this week, but it also did so after being picked sixth in the preseason coaches poll.

The Gamecocks aren't expected to pick up any of the other major postseason volleyball awards, but with all their players giving solid performances all year it will be interesting to see how they are distributed on the all-conference teams.

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