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.
Creighton had a pair of honorees named to the first team, as sophomore Becca Changstrom was joined by two-time honoree Christa Ruf. Changstrom owns a 3.81 GPA in Chemistry, while Ruf owns a 3.90 GPA in Nursing.
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 Yr. 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
*2011 First Team; $2010 First Team; %2010 Honorable Mention