Cory named to Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team

Published 2:48 pm Thursday, June 20, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas — Lincoln Memorial men’s volleyball player Evan Cory has been named a Google Cloud Academic At-Large First Team All-American for the 2018-19 season, it was announced by College Sports Information Directors of America officials on Thursday.

The Google Cloud Academic All-America program recognizes outstanding student-athletes for their accomplishments both in the classroom and on the field of play.

Cory, a native of Metairie, La., was one of only 15 men’s student-athletes from six different sports (tennis, volleyball, lacrosse, swimming, wrestling, and golf) to receive First Team Academic All-America honors in District 3, which includes every school from Conference Carolinas, the Peach Belt Conference, and the South Atlantic Conference. There are three teams in total, with 15 members per team.

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The junior opposite side hitter earned his spot on the Academic All-America Team with a nearly perfect 3.98 grade-point average as an accounting and finance major.

While getting it done in the classroom, Cory also thrived on the court this past season, leading the Railsplitters to an 18-7 overall record and a second-straight Independent Volleyball Association (IVA) championship. The 18 wins set a new single-season record for Lincoln Memorial, surpassing last season’s 14-13 effort.

Cory led the nation in aces per set with .64 and ranked eighth nationally in kills per set with 4.04 and attacks per set with 8.64. In addition to that, he hit an impressive .341, which was the 23rd-highest total the country. He was also named the Off the Block Independent Teams Player of the Year.

In 2019, Cory established the new single-season program record for kills with 360, kills per set with 4.04, attack attempts with 769, service aces with 57, service aces per set with .64, points with 471.5 and points per set with 5.30.

“Evan is more than deserving of the name All American on and off the court,” said Head Coach John Cash. “His entire approach to everything he does speaks to this accomplishment. He is a service driven young man that not only represents himself and his family with pride, but he is the epitome of a student-athlete. We, and many others, count on Evan and he comes through with results! We are proud to call him a Railsplitter and we are excited for all the accomplishments that are still going to be earned by him in the future. He is flat out the real deal.”