Asbery, Puryear Qualify For CACC All-Academic Team

Asbery, Puryear Qualify For CACC All-Academic Team

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University women's volleyball student-athletes Katie Asbery (Mililani, Hawaii/Mililani) and MaryGrace Puryear (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) have been named to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Fall 2018 All-Academic Team, the CACC announced on Wednesday. Both players earn the award for the first time.

In order to be named to the CACC All-Academic Team, recipients must have used a season of eligibility while participating in a CACC fall championship sport, be at least a sophomore academically and athletically, be a second-year student-athlete at their current school and have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 or higher at the end of the immediate preceding term.

Asbery, a sophomore middle blocker, was the only 2018 Golden Falcons to play in all 31 matches (28 starts). In 103 sets, she accumulated 163 kills, 60 blocks and 25 service aces. She already ranks seventh on Felician's career blocks list with 109. Asbery is a 2017 graduate of Mililani (Hawaii) High. She carries a 3.63 GPA as a biology major.

Puryear, a sophomore libero and defensive specialist, played in 77 sets over 23 matches. She recorded 241 digs, 50 assists, and 27 aces. Puryear graduated from Cranford High in 2017. At Felician, she owns a GPA of 3.61 while majoring in psychology.

Guided by fifth-year head coach John Chang of Cranford, Felician set a school record for victories win a won-lost record of 13-18. The Golden Falcons reached the CACC playoffs for the first time since 2013.

Felician has now had 12 student-athletes earn CACC all-Academic honors during the 2018-19 academic year.

Conference-wide, Asbery and Puryear were two of 52 student-athletes to be honored in women's volleyball from the 14 member schools. The complete 2018 CACC Women's Volleyball All-Academic Team can be viewed at     


Felician University, the Franciscan University of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic university founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician University welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician University currently enrolls more than 2,000 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician University also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level.