-- Four Missouri State volleyball players were honored Tuesday (Nov. 25) by the Missouri Valley Conference for their performance on the court and in the classroom. Senior Andrea Beaty
earned a spot on the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team for the second time in her career, while Olivia Brand
, MaryJo Kolze
and Kinsey McCarter
are honorable mention selections following a vote of the league's sports information directors.
A Capital One Academic All-District VI selection this season, Beaty was also a first-team pick in 2012. The Pacific, Mo., native ranks seventh in the MVC with a .309 hitting percentage this season, averaging 1.87 kills and 0.91 blocks per set on the year. She has led the Bears in blocking 13 times this season with seven matches of at least 10 kills. Beaty has a 3.90 cumulative grade point average, and will graduate in May with a psychology degree and a minor in human resource management.
Now a three-time MVC Scholar-Athlete selection, Brand averages 3.62 kills per set with a .268 hitting percentage in league matches this year. The senior outside hitter from Springfield has 19 matches with at least 10 kills, with a high of 27 against Southern Illinois on Nov. 14 that was the highest single-match total at MSU since 2004. She currently ranks 14th in MSU history with 1,127 career kills. Brand carries a 3.54 GPA and will graduate in May with a degree in speech/language pathology.
A fifth-year senior from Tempe, Ariz., Kolze has a 3.90 GPA while working toward a Master's in industrial/organizational psychology, which she is on track to earn in May. She has played in 65 sets for the Bears this year as a serving specialist, recording 14 total aces and four matches with multiple aces.
McCarter is the MVC leader in total assists, and her 10.96 average ranks 35th nationally. The junior from Springfield has directed MSU to a .236 hitting percentage this season, which ranks third in the league. She also averages 2.09 digs, 0.62 kills and 0.30 blocks per set, and has a 3.41 GPA in sales management.
A total of 42 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). First Team