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Volleyball Duo Named to MVC Scholar-Athlete Team
Release: 11/23/2010
Allie Oelke (far left) and Alicia Runge (middle)

OMAHA, Neb. -- Allie Oelke and Alicia Runge from the Creighton University Volleyball team have been named to the 2010 Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete First Team, as voted on by league sports information directors.

Tweleve student-athletes were named to the first team, with an additional six players earning honorable-mention status.

This year's first team includes 10 players that have received previous MVC volleyball scholar-athlete recognition, including eight repeat first team honorees and two unanimous selections, Southern Illinois' Jennifer Berwanger (3.89 GPA, Therapeutic Recreation & Physical Therapy) and Beth Discher (4.00 GPA, Accounting).

The first team also includes Oelke and Runge of Creighton, Angela Bys and Emily Heffernen of Drake, Tabitha Visk of Illinois State, Morgan Dall and Shelbi Fouty of Indiana State, Cara Hackmann of Missouri State, Alicia Johnson of Southern Illinois and Mary Elizabeth Hooper of Wichita State.

Nine Valley first team scholar-athletes - Berwanger, Bys, Discher, Hackmann, Heffernen, Johnson, Oelke, Runge and Visk - were also members of their respective ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-District Teams.

Fifty student-athletes were nominated for the Valley's scholar-athlete team.  The criterion for the honor parallels the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) standards for Academic All-America voting.  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 (true freshmen and redshirt freshmen were not eligible) and must have completed at least one full academic year at their institution.

Oelke owns a 3.794 GPA in Elementary Education and was named for the second straight season. Oelke ranks third on the Creighton team in kills and digs per set and second in aces per set.

Runge owns a 3.809 GPA in Organizational Communication. She moves up to the first team after honorable-mention accolades last season. Runge ranks second in the MVC in kills per set and in the top-100 nationally in kills per set and points per set.

Creighton (18-10) returns to the court on Thursday when it takes on Drake (23-10) in quarterfinal round action of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team          
Name School

Yr.

Pos.

GPA

Major Hometown
%^Jennifer Berwanger Southern Illinois

Sr.

OH

3.89

Therapeutic Rec. & Physical Therapy Lake Zurich, Ill.
%^Angela Bys Drake

Sr.

OH

3.75

Secondary Education Marion, Iowa
%Beth Discher UNI

Sr.

OH

4.00

Accounting Grimes, Iowa
Morgan Dall Indiana State

So.

OH/RS

3.75

Elementary Education Aviston, Ill.
$Shelbi Fouty Indiana State

Jr.

S

3.98

Pre-Elementary Education Plainfield, Ind.
%^Cara Hackmann Missouri State

Sr.

L

3.82

Finance Washington, Mo.
Emily Heffernen Drake

So.

MB

4.00

Biochemistry/Microbiology Manchester, Iowa
%Mary Elizabeth Hooper Wichita State

Jr.

S

3.71

Health Science Plano, Texas
%Alicia Johnson Southern Illinois

Sr.

RS

3.91

Kinesiolgoy Tripoli, Iowa
%Allie Oelke Creighton

Sr.

RS/OH

3.79

Elementary Education Chanhassen, Minn.
$Alicia Runge Creighton

Sr.

OH

3.81

Organizational Communication Swea City, Iowa
%Tabitha Visk Illinois State

Jr.

MB

4.00

Family & Consumer Science Salem, Wis.
             
MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention          
Name School

Yr.

Pos.

GPA

Major Hometown
$Lauren Blumhorst Southern Illinois

Jr.

DS

3.91

Mathematics Forsyth, Ill.
$Michelle Burow UNI

Jr.

MB

3.48

Statistics & Actuarial Science/Finance Lincoln, Neb.
%Melissa Gmur Missouri State

Sr.

S

3.86

Elementary Education Central Point, Ore.
Sarah Waldorf Wichita State

Jr.

L

3.46

Marketing Augusta, Kan.
Emily Wandersee Evansville

Sr.

MB

3.41

Elementary Education St. Louis, Mo.
$Alana Wittenburg Drake

Sr.

L

3.38

Pharmacy Readlyn, Iowa
%2009 First Team; $2009 Honorable Mention; ^2008 First Team; #2008 Honorable Mention

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