ST. LOUIS -- Kelly Broussard of Wichita State University and Jeff Grassmeyer of Drake University have been selected the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Broussard and Grassmeyer were honored for their performances during the period of September 3-9.
Now in its ninth year of existence, The Valley’s Scholar-Athlete program is sponsored by Prairie Farms, Roberts and Hiland Dairies. On a weekly basis, the Conference honors its student-athletes for their athletic performance for a one-week period and academic success in the classroom.
"Prairie Farms and its family of dairies have been the only sponsors of this worthwhile endeavor by the Missouri Valley Conference," said Commissioner Elgin, who is in his 20th year with The Valley. "We are grateful for Prairie Farms continued recognition of our student-athletes for their athletic performance and their academic success."
A libero for the Wichita State women’s volleyball team, Broussard, a junior from San Antonio, Texas, earned MVC defensive player-of-the-week honors after receiving all-tournament team honors at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Volleyball Challenge in Honolulu on Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 6-8. The Shockers defeated No. 19 Santa Clara (Sept. 6) and Eastern Washington (Sept. 8) and fell to host Hawai’i in five games (Sept. 7).
Broussard, who has a 3.58 cumulative grade-point average in marketing and international business, averaged 6.27 digs per game and compiled a .973 reception percentage (yielding just three aces in 110 total attempts) during the tournament. She registered 17 digs versus Santa Clara, 34 against Hawai’i and 18 versus Eastern Washington.
A member of the Drake men’s cross country team, Grassmeyer, a junior from Fremont, Neb., captured the 6,000-meter individual title while guiding the Bulldogs to the team title at the Oz Memorial Run in Falcon Heights, Minn., on Saturday, Sept. 8.
Grassmeyer, who has a 3.59 cumulative grade-point average in secondary education, grabbed the lead at the 1,000-meter mark and posted a winning time of 19 minutes, 18 seconds against the 39-runner field at the Oz Memorial -- named after longtime Drake women’s track and field and cross country coach Gary Osborn who died in 2000.
To qualify for Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.
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