MVC Announces 2011 Scholar-Athlete Volleyball Team
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Twelve Missouri Valley Conference volleyball student-athletes have been named to the 2011 MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team by a vote of the league’s volleyball sports information directors.  An additional nine student-athletes have earned honorable mention, the league office announced today.

This year’s first team includes five players that have received previous MVC volleyball scholar-athlete recognition, including four repeat first team honorees and one unanimous selection, in Indiana State’s Shelbi Fouty (3.98 GPA, Elementary Education).  Four members of the first team also boast perfect 4.00 GPAs (Drake’s Emily Heffernen, UNI’s Shelby Kintzel and Illinois State’s Shannon McGlaughlin and Tabitha Visk).

The first team also includes Megan Bober of Creighton, Kristin Stauter of Illinois State, Ashley Mason of Missouri State, Amy Braun, Michelle Burow and Jenny Willms of UNI and Mary Elizabeth Hooper of Wichita State. 

Six Valley first team scholar-athletes – Braun, Burow, Fouty, Hooper, Kintzel and McGlaughlin - were also members of their respective Capital One/CoSida Academic All-District Teams.

Forty-five student-athletes were nominated for the Valley’s scholar-athlete team.  The criterion for the honor parallels the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) standards for Academic All-America voting.  Nominees must be starters or important reserves with at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA (on a 4.00 scale).  Also, students must have participated in at least 75 percent of the regular-season matches.  Student-athletes must have reached sophomore status in both athletic and academic standing at their institution (true freshmen and redshirt freshmen were not eligible)..

Name School Yr. Pos. GPA Major Hometown
Megan Bober Creighton Jr. S 3.79 Exercise Science Murdock, Neb.
Amy Braun UNI Jr. OH 3.71 Elementary Education Lakeville, Minn.
%&Michelle Burow UNI Sr. MB 3.48 Finance/Actuarial Science Lincoln, Neb.
^&Shelbi Fouty Indiana State Sr. S 3.98 Elementary Education Plainfield, Ind.
^Emily Heffernen Drake Jr. MB 4.00 Biochemistry Manchester, Ind.
^$Mary Elizabeth Hooper Wichita State Sr. S 3.66 Health Science Plano, Texas
Shelby Kintzel UNI So. MB 4.00 Elementary Education Mount Vernon, Iowa
Ashley Mason Missouri State So. L 3.92 Business Education Granby, Mo.
Shannon McGlaughlin Illinois State So. OH 4.00 English Morton, Ill.
Kristin Stauter Illinois State Sr. S 3.83 Elementary Education Bloomington, Ill.
^$Tabitha Visk Illinois State Sr. MB 4.00 Family & Consumer Science Salem, Wis.
Jenny Wilms UNI So. DS 3.99 Biology Dike, Iowa
^2010 First Team; %2010 Honorable Mention; $2009 First Team; &2009 Honorable Mention


Name School Yr. Pos. GPA Major Hometown
Emily Adney Wichita State  Jr.  OH  3.32  Communication-Integrated Marketing  Golden, Colo. 
Brooke Boggs Creighton Jr.  DS  3.89  Health Care Administration  Wildwood, Mo. 
^Morgan Dall Indiana State  Jr.  OH/RS 3.55  Athletic Training  Aviston, Ill. 
Elizabeth Field Wichita State  So.  MB  3.83  Chemistry  Windsor, Calif. 
Alysia Mayes Southern Illinois  Jr.  MB  3.73  Exercise Science  Ashkum, Ill. 
Monique Morris Indiana State  So.  OH  3.83  Undecided  Brown Deer, Wis. 
Karen Rivatto Missouri State  Jr.  OH  3.83  Entertainment Management  Porto Alegre, Brazil 
%Sarah Waldorf Wichita State  Sr.  3.49  Marketing  Augusta, Kan. 
Bailey Yeager Southern Illinois  Jr.  DS  3.88  Communications Disorders  Brownsburg, Ind. 
^2010 First Team; %2010 Honorable Mention