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    Nov. 26, 2013


    MVC Release

    ST. LOUIS—The Missouri Valley Conference announced Tuesday that Southern Illinois University volleyball player Taylor Pippen has been named a First Team Scholar-Athlete selection.

    A total of sixteen Missouri Valley Conference volleyball student-athletes have been named to the 2013 MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team by a vote of the league’s volleyball sports information directors. An additional eight student-athletes have earned honorable mention.

    A marketing major with a cumulative 3.71 GPA, Pippen has played in all 30 matches for the Salukis in 2013. The sophomore middle blocker has tallied 129 blocks this season to rank fourth in the MVC. Pippen also ranks sixth in the Valley in hitting percentage boasting a .320 clip.

    This year’s first team includes seven players that have received previous MVC volleyball scholar-athlete recognition, including five repeat first team honorees. One member of the first team boasts a perfect 4.00 GPA in UNI’s Shelby Kintzel, and she was joined by Panther teammate Macy Ubben as the only two unanimous selections.

    Nominees must be starters or important reserves with at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA (on a 4.00 scale). Also, students must have participated in at least 75 percent of the regular-season matches. Student-athletes must have reached sophomore status in both athletic and academic standing at their institution.