Creighton's Megan Bober and Southern Illinois' Bailey Yeager have been named 2012 Capital One Academic All-Americans, as selected by CoSIDA and announced today. Bober was named to the second team, while Yeager was a third team selection.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Megan Bober, Creighton
A senior from Murdock, Neb., Bober was named MVC Player of the Year after averaging 9.69 assists, 2.99 digs, 1.93 kills and 1.00 blocks per set. She owned six triple-doubles and set a school-record with 24 double-doubles on the fall. Bober is the nation's only player to average at least 9.6 assists, 2.9 digs and 1.00 blocks per set this season, and she wrapped up her career ranked first in matches played (128), matches started (128), consecutive matches started (128) and sets played (480), second in assists (4,359) and block assists (380), fourth in total blocks (422), fifth in assists per set (9.08), sixth in aces (86), seventh in hitting percentage (.260) and points (1151.0) and eighth in digs (1,123) and block solos (42). Bober is the only player in program history twice named honorable-mention All-American and is also one of three players in program history to earn three First Team All-MVC honors.
Bailey Yeager, Southern Illinois
Yeager was selected to the third-team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSida). Yeager is just one of 18 volleyball players in the country to receive All-American status.
A speech communication disorders major with a cumulative 3.92 GPA, Yeager played in all 30 matches for the Salukis this season. The defensive specialist had a banner senior season breaking the single season digs record at SIU recording a total of 630 digs. The Brownsburg, Ind. native also finished her career compiling 1,424 digs to rank third all-time in program history.
This honor for Yeager marks the first time a Saluki volleyball player has been selected to the Academic All-American team since 2002 when Britten Follett was named a first team selection.