Chelsy Christoff was awarded a degree in marketing on Sunday
DAYTON, Ohio – Graduating seniors spend four years transforming from their adolescence to full-fledged adulthood. Along that path many moments and many people are memorable, and on a team as close-knit as the Flyer volleyball squad, sisterhood prevails.
Chelsy Christoff, the lone senior on the 2009 Flyer volleyball team, received her degree in marketing last Sunday during the University of Dayton commencement exercises. She was a key component of a lot of Flyer volleyball memories. Last year, she helped lead the squad to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and win the school’s fifth Atlantic 10 Championship. The Flyers also earned bids into the NCAA Tournament in her last three seasons, while capturing the A-10 title twice.
"Chelsy came to UD because she loved the school and wasn't even sure if she was going to play volleyball when she decided to come here,” said head coach Kelly Sheffield. “All she did was play in 132 of 136 matches during her four years here and was a part of 106 wins during that time - the most wins that any player has had here at UD in the last thirty years. I'm going to miss coaching her. You won't find anyone that was more selfless or positive. She brought a very strong work ethic into the gym and emerged as a very dependable leader for this team this season."
The University of Dayton also awarded Kacie Hausfeld with a posthumous degree in early childhood education. Hausfeld perished in a plane crash with her father Tom on April 1. Kacie's mother, Lori, and sister, Ali, accepted the diploma during the University's graduation ceremony on May 2 at UD Arena. Over 10,000 in attendance on Sunday gave a standing ovation, giving visual proof to the lives that she touched on campus and in the community.
As a head coach, 21 players have earned their degree with Sheffield. In his two seasons at UD, all of six of his seniors have earned their degrees.
Success in the classroom is nothing new to Dayton Athletics. UD’s overall 94 percent Graduation Success Rate is second in the Atlantic 10 Conference and ties it for 22nd in the NCAA. In addition, the GSR Report shows that UD graduated 100 percent of its student-athletes that participated in women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country/track & field, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s rowing, women’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and volleyball.
For the Flyer family, new memories will be made but the bonds created in each of their four years will last a lifetime.