The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that a total of 387 volleyball players have been named 2010 Daktronics-NAIA Volleyball Scholar-Athletes. Concordia placed four on this year’s list. Seniors Chelsea Vaudt and Alex Szalawiga, and juniors Ashlea Vaudt and Kaylie Mellema all received the honor.
Chelsea Vaudt (Kalispell, Mont.) started all 32 matches in the 2010 season and led the team with 292 kills and 113 total blocks. Vaudt also added 17 ace serves and 32 digs and earned Second Team All-GPAC honors for her efforts. This is Vaudt’s second Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete award.
Szalawiga (Olathe, Kan.) started all 32 matches for Concordia in her senior season, finishing fourth on the team with 205 kills and second on the team with 319 digs. She also added 21 set assists, 20 ace serves and 36 total blocks for the Bulldogs in 2010.
Ashlea Vaudt (Kalispell, Mont.) appeared in 28 matches for the Bulldogs in her junior season. She finished fifth on the team with 126 kills and was third on the team with 48 total blocks. Vaudt also added 24 digs on the year.
Mellema (Axtell, Neb.) appeared in all 32 matches in her junior season. She totaled 428 set assists and was second on the team with 32 ace serves. Mellema also finished fifth on the team with 147 digs.
Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.
Concordia finished the 2010 season with a record of 11-21.