SEWARD, Neb. – Six members of the Concordia University volleyball team have earned 2016 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete recognition. The list includes seniors Paige Getz, Naomi Quigg and Taylor Workman and juniors Annie Friesen, Courtney Jurgens and Alaina Ruszkowski. Quigg is the lone repeat honoree.
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 481 volleyball student-athletes across the nation were named 2016 Scholar-Athletes by the NAIA.
Concordia University ranks as the NAIA’s all-time leader in number of Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes with 1,227 and counting (21 so far this fall). The 2015-16 season produced a GPAC best 92 Bulldog scholar-athletes and a national best 20 NAIA Scholar-Teams. The 2014-15 season culminated with GPAC-leading totals of 94 Bulldog scholar-athletes and 17 NAIA Scholar-Teams. 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).
2016 Volleyball Scholar-Athletes
Annie Friesen, Jr. | Wichita, Kan.
Paige Getz, Sr. | Paola, Kan. | Special Education
Courtney Jurgens, Jr. | Beatrice, Neb. | Chemistry/Biology; Pre-Pharmacy
Naomi Quigg, Sr. | Springfield, Ill. | Accounting
Alaina Ruszkowski, Jr. | Orlando, Fla. | DCE/Psychology
Taylor Workman, Sr. | Lincoln, Neb. | Graphic Design