Poole Named CoSIDA Academic All-America

Poole Named CoSIDA Academic All-America

Mount Olive, N.C. – University of Mount Olive men's volleyball junior Robert Poole was named to the 2016-17 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America® Men's At-Large Team, it was announced Thursday. The at-large teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes in golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, swimming, men's volleyball, water polo, and wrestling for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

The Academic All-America® teams include the student-athletes from eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the sixth year of the expanded Academic All-America® program. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America® Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

A native of Enfield, England, Poole was named first-team all-Conference Carolinas after amassing 317 kills, 3.48 per set, and a program-record 54 service aces as the Trojans advanced to the Conference Carolinas Tournament championship game. Nationally, Poole finished the season ranked fourth in aces per set, 14th in attacks per set and points per set, and 15th in kills per set. A double-major in biology and chemistry, he was also named the Conference Carolinas Men's Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as well as being named to the Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll and Academic All-Conference Carolinas teams.

Poole becomes the second Academic All-American for the Trojans this season following baseball's Bruce Zimmermann who received the honor on May 31.