Bobcat volleyball standout Libby Bochniak (14) was named the PBC Scholar Athlete of the Year Thursday for embodying both words of the term ‘student-athlete.’ Bochniak has graduated from Georgia College and will next attend medical school at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee.

Georgia College volleyball standout Libby Bochniak was named the 2020-21 Peach Belt Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the league office on Thursday. The award is the highest individual honor given by the conference to student-athletes and are chosen by the league's faculty athletic representatives.

"This is a fitting tribute to a fantastic career for Libby," stated Director of Athletics Wendell Staton. Student-athletes like Libby Bochniak, come along once in a career. First and foremost, Libby is an outstanding person who has been a joy to have in our program. She succeeds in everything she does and just as she was an outstanding college volleyball player, she will be a fantastic physician.  We are so proud of Libby and are fortunate to have at her spend her college career at Georgia College."

Bochniak was chosen as one of the valedictorians for her senior class. The native of Marietta, Ga., graduated with a 4.0 GPA in biology with a minor in chemistry, earning her spot on the valedictorian list. She will go on to attend medical school at Lincoln Memorial University. In 2019, she was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American, the first in GC program history and only the eighth PBC volleyball player to earn that distinction.

On the court, Bochniak became the first in program history to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. A two-time All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) selection she was also named twice to the PBC All-Tournament team. In the spring of 2021, she was fourth in the PBC in kills per set and eighth in digs per set and was the only player in the league to be ranked in the top 10 in both categories. She was twice named a PBC Player of the Week and finishes her playing career ranked 14th in all-time kills with 1,108. Bochniak becomes the third Georgia College female student-athlete to be named the PBC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, joining Shanteona Keys in 2015 and Margaret Klinger in 1999.

GC claims Peach Belt Institution of the Year

Georgia College is the winner of the 2020-21 Peach Belt Conference Institution of the Year Sportsmanship Award. Bobcat Athletics wins the honor for the second time in the last four years. A banner that rotates from winning school to winning school will return to Milledgeville, Ga. for the first time since the 2017 season as GC becomes only the second PBC institution to win the award more than once.

"We are honored to receive this recognition from our peers," said Director of Athletics Wendell Staton.  "Our student-athletes are fantastic ambassadors for our university as they participate with passion and integrity while respecting the game, our opponents, and fans in attendance.  Our foundation is built upon the concept of recruiting and retaining outstanding people, and the Institution of the Year for Sportsmanship is a direct reflection of the outstanding character of our student-athletes and the coaches who lead them daily."

The annual honor is given to the institution displaying the best overall sportsmanship for the 2020-21 season and culminates the PBC's season-long sportsmanship recognition program.

Following each championship sports season, a Team Sportsmanship Award is presented to the team in that sport that best exemplifies what the award stands for: the spirit of sportsmanship, a high degree of integrity, character, and class. Each team award is voted on by other teams who compete in that sport and points are awarded on how each team finished in the voting. 

In 2020-21, Georgia College won Team Sportsmanship Awards in men's basketball, women's soccer, and women's tennis. GC has won 23 Team Sportsmanship Awards overall in the 13-year history of the program, tied for second-most among all PBC institutions.

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