Montgomery, Spivey named MVC Scholar-Athletes of the Week

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    March 13, 2013

    ST. LOUIS - Southern Illinois' Austin Montgomery and Jayna Spivey have been selected Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced Wednesday. Montgomery and Spivey were honored for their performances during the period of March 4-10.

    Now in its 14th year of existence, The Valley’s Scholar-Athlete program honors its student-athletes for their athletic performance for a one-week period and academic success in the classroom.

    Montgomery hit .550 from the plate (11-for-20) over five games for the Salukis, helping SIU to a 3-2 record last week. The senior outfielder scored five times, drew four walks and drove in three runs for SIU in the five-game set with just one strikeout. Montgomery ranks second on the team with a .351 batting average for the season. He holds a 3.47 grade-point average as a mechanical engineering major. This is the second time this season he has been named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week.

    Spivey went .400 from the plate last week (4-for-10) with team bests of five RBIs and 10 total bases during a week in which Southern went 2-1. Spivey hit a pair of home runs for the Salukis last week to bring her team leading season long ball tally to five. She hit another home run Sunday against Illinois-Chicago, but the game was called due to rain. Spivey was also flawless on defense, recording eight putouts and four assists. She maintains a 3.797 grade-point average as a biological sciences major.

    To qualify for Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing.