July 22, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Former University of Connecticut volleyball player Jackie Wattles has been named as a winner of the 2013-14 Michael Tranghese Postgraduate Leadership Award, as announced by the American Athletic Conference on Tuesday. Wattles and Memphis baseball player Zach Willis were selected by the Conference’s Academic Affairs Committee.
The awards are given to one male and one female student-athlete from an American Athletic Conference-sponsored sport who have been admitted to a degree-granting or professional program for the following year and who have demonstrated leadership through excellence in academic credentials, athletic performance and depth of commitment to service within the institution or the community.
Willis and Wattles will each receive a $5,000 scholarship, which may be applied to postgraduate study.
Wattles earned a 4.00 GPA in three semesters and had a cumulative average of 3.78. She majored in political science and journalism and will pursue a graduate degree in journalism at Columbia University in the fall. She served as the associate editor of The Daily Campus, was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served as a volunteer with HuskyReads, a program that supports reading and sportsmanship at elementary schools in Connecticut.
On the court, Wattles saw action in 12 matches for the Huskies in 2013, recording 19 kills and seven total blocks. During her four-year career, the Liberty Hill, Texas native played in 201 sets, amassing 290 kills, 25 service aces and 133 total blocks.
She had a breakout campaign in 2011, appearing in all 29 matches and earning the team’s Most Improved Player Award.