MSU Student-Athletes Earn Valley Academic Laurels

ST. LOUIS – A total of 149 Missouri State University student-athletes earned academic honors from the Missouri Valley Conference, the league announced Friday (July 7), including eight who earned the league's highest academic achievement by capturing the Missouri Valley Conference President’s Council Academic Excellence Award.

MSU honorees for this elite distinction were: Alex Jefferson (baseball), Phil Woods (men's soccer), Savannah Aleckson (cross country), Alyson Jones (cross country), Nikki Kerrigan (women's soccer), Laura Ketzer (women's soccer), Millie Kingsbury (women's soccer), Shawna Elsey (women's swimming).

Just 74 men and women across the league's 10 member institutions and affiliate members received the President's Council Academic Award, which requires a minimum 3.8 cumulative grade point average (through the spring 2017 semester), participation in athletics a minimum of two years, and the student-athlete must be within 18 hours of graduation. 

Also, 52 Bears received the league’s Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for the previous two semesters, a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average, and participation in athletics. 

In addition, 145 Missouri State student-athletes earned MVC Honor Roll status for 2016-17. To qualify for the Valley Honor Roll, a student-athlete must have recorded a minimum 3.2 grade point average for a specified term (fall 2016/spring 2017), must have been a member of an athletics team, and must have a minimum of 12 hours of enrollment during the fall or spring semesters.

More than 1,500 MVC student-athletes were named to the 2016-17 MVC Honor Roll.

MVC Honor Roll Recipients

BASEBALL: Alex Jefferson, Danny Rowley, Jordan Knutson, Ben Whetstone, Blake Graham, Jack Duffy, Justin Tallman, Hunter Dame, Alex Moore, Hunter Steinmetz.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Obediah Church, Austin Ruder, Ross Owens.

MEN'S GOLF: Lukas McCalla, Chris Obert, Brad Carpenter, Brian Rogers, Kory Franks.

MEN'S SOCCER: Michael Creek, Kyle Hiebert, Liam Priestley, Ugo Galtier, Jordy Robins, Phil Woods, Ian Jones, Dakota Karns, Stuart Wilkin, Scott Midgley, Rob Oslica, Dylan De Jong, Jack Vaughan, Tucker Brown, Nick Hibbeler,

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Alexa Willard, Danielle Gitzen, Liza Fruendt, Lee Ann Polowy.

WOMEN'S GOLF: Ashley Childers, Lindsey Eisenreich, Ryan Pate, Verena Gimmy.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Ashley Coonfield, Olina Einarsdottir, Laura Ketzer, Kaitlin Maxwell, Sarah Sabo, Brooke Zenner, Mary Disidore, Millie Kingsbury, Brooke Prondzinski, Mayleigh Oder, Karen Kozol, Brooke Zimmerman, Rachel Catrell, Courtney Kolb, Sidni Trotter, Alaina Derse, Brittney Robinson, Kayleigh Putnam, Ashley Tallerine.

SOFTBALL: Erin Griesbauer, Erika Velasquez-Zimmer, Hannah Heinrichs, Sara Jones, Kaitlin Beason, Allie Alvstad, Olivia Roark, Carsten Warner, Bethany Sullinger, Morgan Greenlee, Darby Joerling, Holly Kelley, Hailee Vigneaux, Elena Gambill, Kyana Mason.

WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING: Sarah Allegri, Haley Allen, Monica Blake, Brooke Dreiling, Shawna Elsey, Kim Ernhart, Cece Etter, Hanna Flanagan, Briana Horozewski, Vikte Labanauskaite, Kaylee Larson, Brianna McCullough, Emma Metz, Moriah Moore, Josie Pearson, Nina Privitera, Alexis Skiniotes, Payton Smith, Loretta Stelnicki, Lauren Williams, Sydney Zupan.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: Abbey Belote, Faty Khamissi, Ledis Molina, Ane Torrico, Alye Darter, Alexia Meyer, Phoebe Boeschen, Taylor Gray.

WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD / CROSS COUNTRY: Shani Adams, Savannah Aleckson, Jessica Allen, Danielle Bohannon, Grace Breiten, Renae Buschling, Rachel Campbell, Jordyn Capra, Asha Cave, Kayla Fallis, Cindy Forde, Daijha Heron, Paityn Howat, Megan Nickles, Amber Obermaier, Olivia Ott, Holly Pattie-Belleli, Jade Raynor, Georgia Richardson, Erin Roebuck, Maddie Saville, Claire Schwarz, Amanthi Silva, Quinlan Ward, Erica Wollmering.

VOLLEYBALL: Ashley Dudenhoeffer, Jerri Idos, Caroline Finnell, Lily Johnson, Brianne Dixon, Dani Messa, Emily Butters, Julia Hanson, Aubrey Cheffey, Laynie Dake, Mikaela Mosquera, Ashley Ophoven, Cambree Villarreal, Mackenzie Irwin, Lauren Boone, Tatum Marshall.