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Athletics Holds Annual Senior Luncheon
Allison Foschia
 
Allison Foschia
 

April 29, 2014

PITTSBURGH - Volleyball outside hitter Allison Foschia (Northfield Center, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) and track and field distance standout Jim Spisak (Johnstown, Pa./Bishop McCourt) were named Duquesne's Student-Athletes of the Year at the annual Senior Luncheon conducted on Tuesday afternoon in the Power Center Ballroom.


    Student-Athlete of the Year honors the female and male student-athletes who best exemplify excellence both in the classroom and in their specific sport.


    Foschia, a co-captain, led the Dukes to their first Atlantic 10 Championship and NCAA Championship appearance this fall. A physical therapy major with a 3.94 GPA, she:

• Was named to the Director of Athletics Honor Roll, Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and Dean's list every semester.
• Was a two-time member of the Atlantic 10 Volleyball All-Academic Team (2012 & 2013).
• Was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team as a freshman, Second Team All-Conference as a junior and First Team as a senior
• Finished second in program history with 1,247 kills and third all-time with 1,376 digs.
• Was part of a recruiting class that accumulated 84 wins - including a 43-7 home record - in four seasons on the Bluff.
• Has written reviews for two assessment tools that have been nationally published.

                   Jim Spisak



    Spisak will leave the Bluff as the most decorated distance runner in school history. He completed his undergraduate degree in education with a 3.75 GPA, and holds a 4.0 GPA in the graduate school for instructional technology. His career highlights include:

• Was named to the Director of Athletics Honor Roll, Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and Dean's list every semester.
• Holds outdoor school records in the 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 meter runs.
• Was a two-time member of the Atlantic 10 Cross Country All-Academic Team and one-time member of the Track & Field All-Academic Team.
• Was named Atlantic 10 All-Conference in cross country in 2010 & 2011.
• Qualified for and finished 13th in the 5,000 meter run at the 2012 NCAA East Regional, one spot shy of qualifying for the NCAA Championships.
• This past indoor season - as the lone collegiate entrant running against Olympians and professional athletes - he finished 8th in the indoor 3,000 meters at the USA National Championships.



    In addition, the Leadership Award - which acknowledges the student-athlete who exemplifies leadership, service and outstanding representation of Duquesne Athletics - was presented to swimmer Meghan Smith (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill).


    Smith, a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee gives back by providing swim lessons to underprivileged children from the Hazelwood Community Center. She is the holder of three individual school records and is a part of three school record-setting relays teams.


    The Bluff Cup, which is awarded to the athletic team which demonstrates outstanding service, support and participation in our surrounding communities, was presented to the men's soccer team.


    Men's soccer, which participated in all SAAC initiatives, also served meals at the Jubilee Soup Kitchen and collected toiletries during road trips to be donated to local shelters and mentored young men through the Urban Pathways program.

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