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Haraf to Receive Christenberry Award from Big South
Big South Release
The Big South Conference has honored Liberty volleyball student-athlete Becca Haraf with the prestigious George A. Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence.
The Christenberry Award is given annually to the conference's graduating male and female student-athletes who attain the highest GPA during their college careers.
The conference honor is named for George A. Christenberry, the former president of Augusta College (now Augusta State University) and one of the founders of the Big South Conference. One male and one female student-athlete from each member institution – regardless if the sport is sponsored by the Big South – are nominated for the Christenberry Award. This year, the award was presented to a conference-record seven student-athletes.
Haraf is the 15th Liberty student-athlete, and first Lady Flames volleyball player, to receive the Christenberry Award.
In addition to Haraf, this year's recipients are Presbyterian College women's soccer player Emily Boggus, Campbell softball player Shaela Churchill, Radford women's soccer player Rachel Conway, Coastal Carolina women's tennis player Dominique De Wit, Winthrop women's track & field athlete Hannah Hadaway and Campbell baseball player Brandon Wilson. All seven student-athletes will graduate with 4.0 GPAs this month.
The conference will formally present the awards on May 29 at The Marriott Resort in Hilton Head, S.C., as part of the league's Spring Meetings and Hall of Fame Dinner.
Haraf, a defensive specialist from Arlington Heights, Ill., will graduate with a 4.0 GPA as a biology/pre-med major. She was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Volleyball second team. Haraf is a two-time member of the Big South All-Academic Team, and was voted the 2012 Big South Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In 2012, she earned inclusion on the VaSID Academic All-State team. Haraf has received Big South Presidential Honor Roll mention three times during her career.
On the court, Haraf helped the Lady Flames capture three Big South regular-season championships, while claiming the conference tournament title and subsequent NCAA postseason berth in 2011 and 2012. She finished her senior season ranked third on the team with a 2.37 digs-per-set average. For her career, Haraf totaled 767 digs and 76 aces.