Former Gavilan women’s volleyball player Tessa Fischer was named
the 2009-10 Student Athlete of the Year, announced by Gavilan
athletic director Ron Hannon earlier this month
GILROY — Former Gavilan women’s volleyball player Tessa Fischer was named the 2009-10 Student Athlete of the Year, announced by Gavilan athletic director Ron Hannon earlier this month.
“It ranks pretty high,” Fischer said of her latest award. “It’s neat.”
The Rams’ athletic department joined forces with Famous Dave’s legendary Pit Bar-B-Que and Articulate Solutions to honors its student athletes throughout the year, culminating with this final distinction, according to a press release sent out by the school.
Fischer, who is headed to California Baptist University in the fall, maintained a 3.94 grade-point average during the past school year to boost her two-year cumulative GPA to 3.91, despite juggling her role on the volleyball team and community volunteer.
“Having athletics helps me with academics because it gives me another reason to do well in the classroom,” Fischer said. “It helps me focus.”
With a number of destinations available to her next fall, Fischer settled on California Baptist because the school offered volleyball.
After all, what would she do with out volleyball?
As a member of the Lady Rams, the 5-foot-10 middle blocker played a pivotal role in guiding the squad to its first ever Coast Conference South league championship (17-7, 9-1) and berth into the NorCal Regional Playoffs.
Her efforts were recognized with a first-team All-Conference selection.
Fischer leaves Gavilan second on the career-blocks list with 78.
In May, Fischer also gained national recognition for her accomplishments at Gavilan, earning a spot on the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators Honorable Mention list.
While at California Baptist, Fisher said she will major in biology, aiming to become a large animal veterinarian.