LYNCHBURG, Va. — Randolph College sophomore Tomi-Lauren McGinnis became the first Randolph volleyball player to earn All-District recognition from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

McGinnis could not believe that she received the award given its selectivity, but she was more than thrilled to hear the news. Her coach and one of the college’s athletic directors nominated her for this competitive award.

“Getting that award was really awesome,” McGinnis said. “When I got it, I was in the middle of a workout, they both came and got me and said Tomi, Tomi stop, look, you got it.”

As captain, McGinnis played in all 12 matches for the Wildcats this spring and totaled 58 digs and 76 kills. Her kills ranked third on the team. She also had 13 blocks and 10 service aces.

McGinnis found her passion for the sport at a young age and hasn’t been able to get off the court since. She enjoys being part of a team and the almost therapeutic effects of the sport.

“There’s nothing like being able to share the passion with my teammates,” she said. “Sometimes it’s been the only part we can fall back on during hard times.”

Asides from her drive and passion, McGinnis attributes her successes to those who have supported her along the way.

“What’s gotten me so far is the belief others have had in me,” she said. “I just want to be on the court so bad.”

Currently, McGinnis is a history and museum and heritage double-major and plans on minoring in German using the Tri-College Consortium at the University of Lynchburg in the next two years. She also works as a clerk at the Maier Museum of Art and will be participating in Randolph's Summer Research Program to assess Virginia's changing monument landscape and the communities around them.

Staff Writer

Neftali Cabrales is a staff writer for the Star-Tribune. Neftali holds a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina and is a native of Cuba.

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