Blumhorst Named Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week

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    Nov. 18, 2009

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Lauren Blumhorst of Southern Illinois University has been selected the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Blumhorst was honored for her performance during the period of November 9-15.

    Now in its 11th year of existence, The Valley's Scholar-Athlete program is sponsored by Prairie Farms, Roberts and Hiland Dairies. On a weekly basis, the Conference honors its student-athletes for their athletic performance for a one-week period and academic success in the classroom.

    "Prairie Farms and its family of dairies have been the only sponsors of this worthwhile endeavor by the Missouri Valley Conference," said Commissioner Elgin, who is in his 22nd year with The Valley. "We are grateful for Prairie Farms continued recognition of our student-athletes for their athletic performance and their academic success."

    A libero on the Southern Illinois women's volleyball team, Blumhorst, a sophomore from Forsyth, Ill., averaged 6.89 digs per set over matches against Creighton (Nov. 13) and Drake (Nov. 14) and entered the SIU record books in the process.

    Blumhorst, who has a 3.818 cumulative grade-point average in math education, recorded a career-best and match-high 33 digs versus Creighton, moving into third on the Saluki single-match dig chart. Against Drake, she recorded 29 digs in a five-set match.

    To qualify for Prairie Farms/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. Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.