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(Kansas City, Mo.) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced that 481 volleyball student-athletes, including Dillard University outside hitter Shelby Stewart (JR/Houston, Texas), have been named 2016 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. A total of 152 institutions were named to the list.
"I'm a mass communication major so I did a lot of typing and working with computers," said Stewart. "At times I would get frustrated working with only one hand but I figured if I was going to be out for the majority of the season, my grades had to look good." Stewart missed the majority of the year after severely injuring her wrist eight games into the season.
For the first time in her career, Stewart has been added to the prestigious list; however, this is the first year that she was eligible for the award. She was the lone Lady Bleu Devil to earn scholar-athlete honors this season.
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.
"They need to realize that they are students, then athletes," said Dillard University head volleyball coach Nancy Sikobe. "I am so proud of her and I hope that we will have more scholar-athletes to add in the future."
Stewart was also the only Lady Bleu Devil selected to the 2016 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Volleyball All-Tournament team even after missing a chunk of the season due to injury.
To learn more about the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete award, click here