Brown, Mayes and Yeager have been named First Team MVC Scholar-Athlete selections
Nov. 20, 2012
CARBONDALE, Ill.-- The Missouri Valley Conference announced Tuesday Southern Illinois volleyball players Rachael Brown, Alysia Mayes and Bailey Yeager have been named First Team MVC Scholar-Athlete selections.
A total of twelve Missouri Valley Conference volleyball student-athletes have been named to the 2012 MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team by a vote of the league's volleyball sports information directors. An additional 13 student-athletes have earned honorable mention, the league office announced today.
An exercise science major with a cumulative 3.82 GPA, Brown has played in 22 matches for the Salukis in 2012. The senior setter has tallied 3,420 career assists to rank third-all time in program history.
A speech communications disorders major with a cumulative 3.92 GPA, Yeager has played in all 29 of Southern's matches thus far in 2012. The senior defensive specialist leads SIU and ranks second in the MVC with an average of 5.65 digs per set. She is also tied for second on the team with 26 service aces for the season.
An exercise science major with a cumulative 3.76 GPA, Mayes has also played in all 29 matches for the Salukis this season. The senior middle blocker ranks second in the MVC with an average of 3.66 kills per set with .380 hitting percentage that ranks third in the Valley. Mayes also leads SIU and ranks second in the MVC in blocking with an average of 1.43 per set in addition to leading the Salukis and ranking fifth in the MVC with 25 service aces.
The first team also includes Creighton's Megan Bober and Brooke Boggs, Evansville's Ashley Ring, Missouri State's Andrea Beaty and Ashley Mason, UNI's Amy Braun and Macy Ubben and Wichita State's Elizabeth Field.
In 2011, Mayes and Yeager were named MVC Honorable Mention Scholar-Athletes.
This honor for Brown, Mayes and Yeager marks the first time three Saluki volleyball players have been selected to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First team since 2002 when Kristie Kemner, Lindsey Schultz and Britten Follett were recognized.