SwampDogs intern receives All-CIAA Honors

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Great athletes don’t just spend their summers playing baseball at J.P. Riddle Stadium, they also work in the front office.

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association in conjunction with the CIAA Volleyball Coaches Association and the CIAA Sports Information Directors Association announced that SwampDogs intern Brittany Tschida received all-CIAA first team honors for her efforts in the 2015 season.

“It’s an honor that I really didn’t expect,” said Tschida, a sophomore Middle Hitter at Chowan University. “I couldn’t have received this honor if not for Coach [Melanie Chaussee] and all my teammates.”

Tschida led the Hawks with 49 blocks and 34 service aces to go along with 93 kills, fifth on the team.

“We are extremely proud of Brittany for earning her way onto this elite list. It speaks very highly of the work ethic and drive to succeed that made her a huge part of our success in 2015,” said SwampDogs general manager Jeremy Aagard. “We look forward to having her back with the team in 2016.”

Chowan University is located in Murfreesboro, N.C., and it’s athletic teams – The Hawks – compete in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association in N.C.A.A. Division II. The Hawks volleyball team went 18-8 in the 2015 season, including a 15-2 mark in CIAA play, before being falling to Shaw University in the CIAA Championship on Saturday, held at Fayetteville State University.

The Fayetteville SwampDogs home opener for the 2016 season is Wednesday, June 1st. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 910-426-5900, or by visiting www.goswampdogs.com/tickets.

The Fayetteville SwampDogs enter their 16th season playing in the Coastal Plain League. The SwampDogs are one of the most successful franchises in the league’s history, making the Petitt Cup Playoffs eight times in the past 11 seasons, reaching the championship round three times. The SwampDogs boast 90 alumni taken in the draft and have produced six players who have gone on to play in Major League Baseball including slugger Mark Reynolds and David Aardsma. For more information on the Fayetteville SwampDogs, visit their team website at www.goswampdogs.com and follow us on Twitter @GoSwampDogs and like us on Facebook at Fayetteville SwampDogs Baseball. Where baseball is fun!

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 19th season in 2015, the CPL features 16 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 81 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.