ST. LOUIS -- Sara Lungren of Wichita State and Jordan Eglseder of the University of Northern Iowa have been selected the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Lungren and Eglseder were honored for their performances during the period of Nov. 12-18. 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 23rd-ranked Wichita State women’s volleyball team, Lungren, a senior from Caldwell, Kan., led the Shockers to an outright Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title, as WSU won at UNI (3-1 on Nov. 16) and at Bradley (3-0 on Nov. 17).
Lungren, who has a 3.838 cumulative grade-point average in elementary education, averaged 3.71 kills, 3.0 digs, 0.57 services aces and 0.43 blocks per game while hitting .344 in the two contests. At UNI, she had 14 kills, seven digs and two aces, while at Bradley, she compiled a double-double with 12 kills and 14 digs. In the process, she became just the sixth player in Shocker history to register 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career.
A member of the UNI men’s basketbal team, Eglseder, a sophomore from Bellevue, Iowa, scored a career-best 20 points and hauled down 10 rebounds, as the Panthers won at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 73-66, on Nov. 18.
Eglseder, who has a 3.18 cumulative grade-point average in an undeclared field of study, hit 9-of-15 field goal attempts, including a three-pointer, and recorded two assists and three blocked shots.
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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