NJIT senior Sabrina Baby was named to the ESPN Magazine’s Academic All-America third-team for volleyball, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. She is NJIT’s first Highlander student-athlete in any sport to receive Academic All-America laurels at the Division I level.
Baby, a native of Brazil who plays libero (a position that specializes in defensive play), is the NCAA Division I national individual leader with 6.27 digs per set (608 digs, 97 sets). She is one of eighteen women’s volleyball student-athletes honored this year as an Academic All-American. The NJIT senior has a 3.91 cumulative grade-point average as a business major with a concentration in finance and marketing.
NJIT is in its first academic year as a postseason championship-eligible active member of NCAA Division I. In the previous three seasons, NJIT teams faced Division I competition but were ineligible for postseason championships or for inclusion in the national statistical rankings.
Baby, who was named Great West Conference Defensive Player of the Year, started all 27 matches this season for the Highlanders, recording double-figures in each contest. Baby earned Great West Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors three times this season.
She holds the NJIT Division I school record for digs in a four-set match (45) and digs in a five-set match with (42). To close out Baby’s career, she holds the NJIT Division I school-records for: career digs (2,284), digs posted in a season (2008; 795), career services aces (189) and service aces (71) in a season (2008).
To be named an Academic All-American, a student athlete had to have been selected to its District’s first team. Initial nomination criteria at the District level includes being a varsity starter or key reserve, maintaining a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, reaching sophomore athletic and academic standing at her current institution and be nominated by the institution’s sports information director.