Five Swede spikers honored for academics

By Steve Sell
December 20, 2013

LINDSBORG — Five members of the Bethany College volleyball team have been named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes.

The Swedes’ honorees are: Kaitlyn Davis, Hill City; Kristin Mihalcin, Arvada, Colo.; Allison O'Neil, Scott City; Sarah Phelps, Hemet, Calif.; Danielle Savage, Peabody.

Davis repeats as a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete.

"Taking care of business in the classroom is very important to our players," Bethany coach Nathalea Stephenson said. "We have won national awards for our team academics and it starts with our upperclassmen. These young ladies know the importance of taking care of business in the classroom. I am very proud of them and what they have accomplished. These young ladies are great examples of what hard work will do for you. They represent themselves, their families, our team, and the college very well."

The Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete programs recognize excellence in the classroom by NAIA-member student-athletes who are juniors or above in academic standing and have a cumulative 3.5 grade point average.

Nominated by their head coaches, the student-athletes must appear on the eligibility certificate for the sport and have attended two full years as a nontransfer or one full year as a transfer. The Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete awards are given annually to outstanding student-athletes in the various sports in which the program is active and their respective teams are eligible for NAIA postseason competition.