Four Redbirds Named to MVC Volleyball Scholar-Athlete Team
Nov. 21, 2006
NORMAL, Ill. - After leading the Redbirds to the 2006 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference tournament, senior outside hitter Lindley McDavid, junior middle blocker Kari Staehlin, and sophomores Erin Lindsey and M.C. Richmond were all selected as Missouri Valley Conference scholar athletes. Lindsey and Staehlin were both placed on the MVC All-Academic first-team, while McDavid and Richmond were honorable mention selections.
The teams, elected by the Valley's volleyball media relations contacts, require players to be starters or key reserves and have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade-point average. Also, students must have participated in at least 75 percent of the regular season, reached sophomore academic and athletic standing at their institution and completed at least one full academic year at their institution.
McDavid and Staehlin are both repeat selections to the team, as each was named to the honorable mention squad last season.
Illinois State head coach Sharon Dingman was pleased with the Redbirds' representation on the scholar-athlete squad.
"We have won the team academic award the last three semesters, and these four student-athletes are a large part why," said Dingman. "They all display an incredible balance between volleyball and academics, and exemplify the definition of a student-athlete in its truest sense. All four are very deserving of this honor."
Lindsey, a sophomore setter, carries a 3.70 cumulative grade-point average in Illinois State's physics curriculum. In two seasons on the court, Lindsey has cemented herself as one of the best setters in program history. She is ISU's career active leader with 2,823 assists, an average of 12.55 assists-per-game, which is the second-best individual average in school history. Her 1,465 set assists last season ranked third in the single-season Redbird record book, and her 13.08 assists-per-game was the ISU best-ever single-season tally.
Through 25 matches this season, Lindsey, who was also named to the Academic All-District 4 Third-Team, has compiled 1,358 set assists. She currently ranks second in the MVC in set assists per game.
McDavid has a 3.69 GPA as an athletic training major. Starting on the outside this season, she has been one of Illinois State's best offensive performers. McDavid recorded double-digit kill efforts in 18 individual matches, and collected 313 kills on the season, which is more than 100 more than she had in the previous four years combined. The eight-time AFNI honor roll member has set single-match, season-bests in four individual categories this season.
Richmond carries a 3.54 GPA as a special education major at ISU. She recorded double-digit kill efforts in 22 individual matches, including the first five matches of the season, and the final six contests of the Valley regular season slate. Richmond's statistics improved significantly down the stretch of the season, averaging 4.48 kills-per-game in the final six MVC matches. She also ranks ninth in the Valley in hitting percentage (.254).
Staehlin carries a 3.48 GPA in the elementary education curriculum at Illinois State. She has collected numerous academic accolades in her career, including third-team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District recognition last season when she was a second-team All-MVC selection. This season, Staehlin is one of just three players to rank in the Valley top-10 in both hitting percentage (7th, .271) and kills-per-game (6th, 3.61). She has also hit .300 or better in 13 individual matches this season.