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GLIAC – Three Michigan Tech student-athletes earned Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner Awards in an announcement made Wednesday. They include Laura De Marchi (Volleyball), Owen White (Men’s Basketball), and Cassidy Trotter (Women’s Basketball).
The awards are presented after the Fall, Winter, and Spring athletic seasons to six female and six male student-athletes that excel both in the classroom and on the fields of play. All grade-point averages are based on a 4.0 scale. Winners will be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.
De Marchi received the GLIAC Commissioner’s Award for the second straight year. She led NCAA Division II with 12.72 assists per set while being named the GLIAC Player of the Year, GLIAC Setter of the Year, and to the All-GLIAC First Team. The senior setter from Milan, Italy also earned CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honors while breaking the school record for career assists (4,313) and career assists per set (11.8). She also recorded her 1,000th dig. De Marchi helped the Huskies earn a GLIAC Regular Season Title for the second time in school history and a top 25 ranking for the spring 2021 season. She holds a 3.77 GPA in biomedical engineering.
White earns the GLIAC Commissioner’s Award for the first time after being recognized as one of the nation’s top student-athletes for his combined performances on the court and in the classroom. His accolades this season include NABC All-American, First Team All-Midwest District, GLIAC men’s basketball player of the year, GLIAC first-team all-conference, All-GLIAC all-defensive team, CoSIDA Academic All-America third team, CoSIDA Academic All-District, and Ken Hamar Team Most Valuable Player.
White started 21 games in 2020-21 and helped the Huskies to the longest postseason run in school history. He also surpassed 1,000 career points on March 5 and led the conference with 21.2 points per game. White is majoring in Engineering and is from Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
Cassidy Trotter has won the GLIAC Commissioner’s Award for the second straight season and graduated in the spring with a 4.00 GPA in Nursing. Over her distinguished four-year career at Michigan Tech, Trotter has been named all-conference three times and All-GLIAC defensive team twice.
As a senior, she started all 22 games and helped the Huskies win the GLIAC regular-season and tournament titles. She scored 18 points against Ashland in the NCAA Midwest Region semifinal. From Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Trotter has been an annual mention on the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence team. She has played 101 games for the Huskies with 79 starts.