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GWU Volleyball: The Passing of the Baton
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          Release: May 24, 2012
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Boiling Springs, N.C. - The Gardner-Webb volleyball program and its student-athletes have a strong tradition of succeeding off the volleyball court in both academic and community service areas, as well as in their involvement in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). That tradition will continue, as the "passing of the baton" is no more evident than this year as graduated senior Evan Moffitt and incoming freshman Callie Hildebrand both received FCA Athlete of the Year Awards this spring.

"I am thrilled that Evan received the FCA Award to cap her career. She has exemplified the best qualities of Gardner-Webb athletics as a student, as an athlete, and through her service," said Head Coach Leo Sayles. "I am also thrilled to learn that incoming freshman, Callie Hildebrand received the same award for her area of Chattanooga. It speaks highly of her character, and the fine example she set for young Christian athletes around her. We will miss Evan's influence, but will be blessed in the future as Callie continues to serve in her own way."

Moffitt (Franklin, N.C.), who graduated this May with a degree in Chemistry, received the Cleveland County Honor Athlete of the Award for Gardner-Webb University.  This award encompasses all areas including leadership, academics and athletics. Moffitt, who was the 2011 Big South Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, is a three-time Big South All-Academic Team member and a three-time Big South Presidential Honor Roll member. A four-year starter at GWU and 2011 team captain, Moffitt ranks in the top five in four Division I career statistical categories for the Runnin' Bulldogs. The 2011 Lowes CLASS Senior Award nominee plans to attend Pharmacy School at Wingate University in the fall.

Hildebrand (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) was received the Chattanooga High School's FCA Athlete of the Year Award. Hildebrand, who was a four-year letterwinner at Signal Mountain High School in Signal Mountain, Tenn., is a member of both the National Honor Society and the Beta Club, as well as serving as the student body secretary and the sports editor for the yearbook. Hildebrand is a three-time District MVP, four-time All-District Team selection, a two-time All-State and a two-time All-Region honoree that helped to lead her team to three-straight District Championships and two straight Regional Championships during her high school career.

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