Harsh, Russell Named Co-Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week
Wednesday, November 7, 2007

ST. LOUIS -- Abby Harsh of Wichita State University and Sam Russell of Creighton University have been selected Co-Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Harsh and Russell were honored for their performances during the period of Oct. 29-Nov. 4.  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 setter for the Wichita State women’s volleyball team, Harsh, a senior from Newton, Kan., earned State Farm MVC Player-of-the-Week honors, as the Shockers outlasted Missouri State in a five-game match on Nov. 3 to take over sole possession of first place in the league standings.

Harsh, who has a 3.54 cumulative grade-point average in social work, averaged 1.60 kills, 10.80 assists, 3.40 digs and 0.80 blocks per game while finishing just two kills shy of a triple-double (eight kills, 54 assists and 17 digs).

A midfielder for the Creighton women’s soccer team, Russell, a senior from Stilwell, Kan., helped hold Northern Iowa’s offense without a shot on goal in the Bluejays’ 2-0 win in the first round of the State Farm MVC Tournament on Nov. 4.

Russell, who has a 3.78 cumulative grade-point average in nursing, earned MVC Defensive Player-of-the-Week laurels for her efforts, and helped Creighton post its seventh shutout of the season, tying for the best total in the Conference.

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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