Walroth, Awe Named Prairie Farms/MVC Scholar-Athletes of the Week
Wednesday, October 24, 2007

ST. LOUIS -- Julie Walroth and Dustin Awe of the University of Evansville have been selected the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Walroth and Awe were honored for their performances during the period of Oct. 15-22.  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 member of the Evansville women’s volleyball team, Walroth, a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio, earned State Farm MVC defensive player-of-the-week honors, as the Purple Aces swept a three-game match from Southern Illinois on Oct. 18.

Walroth, who has a 3.65 cumulative grade-point average in sociology, averaged 8.67 digs per game and finished with a match-high 26 digs against the Salukis. The 2006 MVC Libero of the Year, Walroth has 1,932 career digs and needs just 124 to pass UE and MVC record-holder Julie Groves, who ranked fifth all-time in NCAA Division I history with 2,055 digs at the end of her career.

A member of the Purple Aces men’s soccer team, Awe, a senior from Wichita, Kan., enabled Evansville to split a pair of Missouri Valley Conference matches, losing at Bradley (2-0 on Oct. 17) and defeating Eastern Illinois (4-1 on Oct. 20).

Awe, who has a 3.31 cumulative grade-point average in marketing, scored the game-winning goal against Eastern Illinois, when he headed in a shot in the final minute of the first half that gave UE a 2-1 lead. The goal moved him into the top 10 in career scoring among Purple Ace midfielders.

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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