Trio of Redbirds Honored as MVC Scholar-Athletes
M.C. Richmond
M.C. Richmond

Nov. 25, 2008

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State volleyball players Erin Lindsey, M.C. Richmond and Peggy Riessen were named Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes, as announced by the league office Tuesday.

All three received first-team recognition in a vote by the sports information directors of each Valley institution. The award is the third First Team honor for Lindsey and second first-team honor for Richmond, who was selected as an honorable mention honoree in 2006. The award marks Riessen's first time on the first team after earning honorable mention honors last season.

Lindsey, a physics major from Eureka, Mo., with a 3.74 GPA, was recently named to the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America)/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District V Second Team. Earlier this season she became the second player in Illinois State history to surpass 5,000 career assists and currently leads the Missouri Valley Conference in assists per set.

Richmond, a physical education major from St. Louis, Mo., with a 3.63 GPA, became the third player in school history to record 1,000-or-more kills and 1,000-or-more digs earlier this season and earned State Farm MVC Good Neighbor recognition for her work in the community.

Riessen, an international business major from Wilton, Iowa, with a 3.52 GPA, leads the Valley with six games with 20-or-more kills and is second overall among Valley players with 3.65 kills per set. With 4.02 digs per set, Riessen is also only one of two players in the top-10 in digs per set and kills per set in Valley matches.

Forty-seven student-athletes were nominated for the Valley's scholar-athlete team. The criterion for the honor parallels the CoSIDA standards for Academic All-America voting. Nominees must be starters or important reserves with at least a 3.00 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 (true freshmen and redshirt freshmen were not eligible) and must have completed at least one full academic year at their institution.