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Bethany’s Taormina Named to Academic All-District Team

Feb. 1 -AUSTIN, Texas – Bethany College senior Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) was recognized for her accomplishments on the court and in the classroom when she was voted to the Capital One Academic All-District II team.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their current institution and be nominated by their sports information director. All Division III institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island and West Virginia make up District II.

With her selection to the All-District team, Taormina advances to the Capital One Academic All-America ballot, where First-, Second- and Third-Team All-America honorees will be selected in late February. She is the fourth Bison student-athlete to earn Academic All-District accolades this year, joining senior football player Johnathan Foster (Cumblerland, Md./Fort Hill) and senior volleyball players Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) and Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland). Foster and Zavatchen went on to earn First Team Academic All-American honors.

3866Taormina12.jpg A two-time All-PAC selection coming into her senior season, Taormina (right) is having another strong year. The 5-8 guard has moved up to seventh in the PAC in rebounding with 7.4 per game and she is 15th in the league with 10.4 points per game. Taormina is also the team leader and tied for sixth in the conference with 2.9 assists a game. She has notched four double-doubles this year, set a career-high for scoring with 27 points against Hiram Dec. 15 and in the Jan. 9th triumph at Chatham, she became the 16th women’s player in Bethany history to surpass 1,000 career points.

Off the court, Taormina has better than a 3.9 GPA as a pre-physical therapy major. She’s been on the Dean’s List five times and the President’s List for a 4.0 GPA twice. Taormina serves as Vice President for the Psychology Club, is a member of three honor societies and has volunteered at the Wheeling Soup Kitchen with the Bison basketball team. She has also worked at a physical therapy clinic each of the last three summers.

“Kayla's work ethic both on and off the court is incredible and this honor is a direct result of that work ethic,” said Bethany head coach Rebecca Upton. “We are so proud of everything she has accomplished as a Bison and this selection is well deserved for an amazing young woman.”

Kayla is the daughter of John & Lisa Taormina of Center Twp., Pa.