ST. LOUIS -- Twelve conference softball student-athletes have been named to the 2012 MVC Scholar-Athlete first team, including four repeat selections, as voted on by the league's softball sports information directors and announced by the Missouri Valley Conference office today.
UNI's Jamie Fisher earned first-team honors, while Whitney Plein secured honorable mention status.
Southern Illinois' Mallory
Duran-Sellers and Illinois State's Megan Warner earned their third first
team honor, making them the 20th and 21st players in league history to
be named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete first team in each season of
eligibility. Duran-Sellers and teammate Brittney Lang both sport a
perfect 4.0 grade point average.
Southern Illinois placed four student-athletes on the first team, the most in the league. Drake claimed three spots with Creighton and Illinois State student-athletes earning two spots each. Northern Iowa earned one nod. In all, five conference schools are represented on the first team.
Impressively, Southern Illinois has earned at least two MVC Scholar-Athlete first team selections for 15-consecutive seasons.
In order to be eligible, student-athletes must have at 3.2 GPA or higher, be at least a sophomore in athletic and academic standing and meet certain playing requirements.
|2012 MVC Softball Scholar-Athlete First Team|
|Name, School||Year||Pos.||GPA||Major||Hometown/Last School|
|Kelsea Ashton, Southern Illinois||So.||3B||3.92||Biological Sciences||Carterville, Ill./Carterville|
|Becca Changstrom, Creighton||So.||P||3.81||Chemistry||Lincoln, Neb./Southwest|
|Torey Craddock, Drake||Sr.||2B||3.44||Health Sciences||Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic|
|Mallory Duran-Sellers, Southern Illinois||Sr.||OF||4.00||English Education||Windsor, Colo./Windsor|
|Jamie Fisher, Northern Iowa||So.||P||3.50||Leisure Youth High School||Conrad, Iowa/BCLUW|
|Caiti Kopp, Illinois State||Sr.||C||3.96||Anthropology||Normal, Ill.Normal Community West|
|Brittney Lang, Southern Illinois||Jr.||P||4.00||Exercise Science||Leavenworth, Kan./Lansing|
|Amy Pierce, Drake||So.||SS||3.45||Pharmacy||Olathe, Kan./Olathe Northwest|
|Christa Ruf, Creighton||Sr.||OF||3.90||Nursing||Omaha, Neb./Westside|
|Jayna Spivey, Southern Illinois||Sr.||OF||3.80||Biological Sciences||Rosiclare, Ill./Hardin County|
|Lindsay Vande Wall, Drake||Jr.||OF||3.88||Elementary Education||Prairie City, Iowa/Prairie City-Monroe|
|Megan Warner, Illinois State||Sr.||P||3.82||Exercise Science||Milan, Ill./Sherrard|
|2012 MVC Softball Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention|
|Erin Carney||Wichita State|
|Alyssa Doyle||Indiana State|
|Lauren Kellar||Illinois State|
|Rachel Milnark||Wichita State|
|Halee Myers||Indiana State|
|Whitney Plein||Northern Iowa|