Carroll College could send out a starting lineup of scholar-athletes this season as six Fighting Saints volleyball players were named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Volleyball Scholar-Athletes by the NAIA.
Seniors Elli Graff and Karla Hellegaard along with juniors Kathleen Mulligan, Calli Prestwood, Emma Priddy and Sarah Roshak were recognized for their excellence in the classroom.
"I'm so proud of our team's accomplishments off the court, they are a great group to coach and they work hard in the classroom. Having six upperclassmen receive this designation is a testament to the type of student-athlete we recruit and the overall quality individuals we are fortunate to have at Carroll College," head coach Moe Boyle said.
In order to be nominated for this honor by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved a junior academic status.
Graff, Mulligan and Prestwood are all majoring in Health Sciences. Hellegaard majors in elementary education, while Priddy is a nursing student and Roshak is studying mathematics.
"These girls have been great role models and leaders for our younger players and I am so happy that they have been recognized for their commitment to maintaining focus on their academics, which is never an easy task," Boyle added.
The six players from Carroll were among 391 volleyball players nationwide to be named NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Hastings (Neb.) and Concordia (Neb.) led all institutions with eight players apiece on the list.