SEWARD, Neb. – For the second-straight year, the Concordia University volleyball program has topped all 219 NAIA volleyball programs in total number of Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Ten different Bulldogs have received the honor for the 2014 campaign, including repeat selections Amanda Abbott, Kayla James, Michala Maurer, Audrey Mehl and Mariah Schamp.
First-time Scholar-Athlete honorees are juniors Katie Peterson, Kayla Sombke, Claire White and Libby Zagel and senior Jami Nekoliczak.
Last year Concordia volleyball tied the national lead with a total of seven NAIA Scholar-Athletes. That figure led all GPAC schools.
In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status. A total of 455 volleyball student-athletes across the nation were named scholar-athletes by the NAIA.
Concordia University ranks as the NAIA’s all-time leader in number of Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes with 1,051 and counting. During the 2013-14 academic year, Concordia garnered 101 Scholar-Athlete honorees (most in the NAIA) and 17 NAIA Scholar-Teams (tied for fourth nationally).
Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Neb., that currently serves over 2,200 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world.
2014 Concordia volleyball scholar-athletes