Stars’ McConnell Named Daktronics-NAIA Volleyball Scholar-AthleteMcConnell earned her fourth career Scholar-Athlete award, first for volleyball
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Stephens College volleyball graduate student Jessica McConnell has been named a 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Volleyball Scholar-Athlete, joining a list of 391 student-athletes across the nation, the NAIA announced Friday (Dec. 6).
In her time at Stephens, standout athlete Jessica McConnell has excelled both in sports and academics, and this year is no different for the graduate student. With no basketball eligibility remaining, McConnell had her sights set on helping coach as a graduate assistant and playing one final season of softball in the spring.
But with a need for extra practice and bench players, head volleyball coach Rose Obunaga utilized McConnell’s athleticism and inserted her into the lineup on several occasions this fall.
By the end of the season, McConnell saw action in 23 sets and 16 matches. The Edwardsville, Ill. native managed to record eight digs, two kills and one service ace in her role coming off the bench.
This marks the first Daktronics-NAIA Volleyball Scholar-Athlete award that McConnell has received, although she has garnered the Scholar-Athlete honor twice in basketball (2012, 2013) and once in softball (2013).
In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must be a junior academically and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
To learn more about the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete award, click here.
2013 Daktronics-NAIA Women’s Volleyball Scholar Athletes - PDF