June 28, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball program had a trio of student-athletes recognized for their classroom achievement, as they were named to the 2010-11 Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award, announced by the league office today. Kelsey Keeler earned her fourth award, while Madeline Westman and Layne Wilson were recognized for the first time.
Keeler (3.74, nursing) is one of three Rebels past and present that have met the conference's academic standards for the scholar-athlete award all four years of her career on the court and in the classroom. She joins Jessica Walters (2006-10) and Erin Greenwood (2006-09) in the select club.
More impressively, Keeler and Greenwood are the only two volleyball student-athletes to have combined to earn both the MW Scholar-Athlete Award and the Fall Academic All-MW honor the past four years, as well.
Westman (3.97, undeclared) and Wilson (3.57, hospitality management) were freshmen during the 2010-11 time frame. The MW Scholar-Athlete Award is one of the highest academic honors bestowed by the Conference. To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least two academic terms at the member institution, while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better, and have participated in varsity competition in an NCAA-sponsored sport.
A league-record 581 student-athletes were honored by the MW today. This year's tally greatly surpasses the previous conference record of 549 honorees set in 2008-09.