Two Mac spikers honored for smarts

By Steve Sell
December 09, 2013

SIOUX CITY, Iowa —  The NAIA has announced that 391 volleyball student-athletes have been named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes.

McPherson College has two names on the list in senior Rachel Phillips (Maize) and junior Tori Phelan (Rangely, Colo.)

In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

Phillips was a two-year player for McPherson, transferring in from Hesston College. In 2013, she tallied 852 assists, averaging close to seven per set. She also logged 32 kills, 11 blocks, and a team second-best 31 service aces.

Phelan has played three seasons for the Bulldogs. This year she was second on the team in kills with 336, but averaged a team-high 2.69 per set; her hitting percentage was 22.3 percent. She also led the way in aces with 36 and logged 25.5 total blocks.