Kansas City, Mo. –Saint Xavier University junior outside hitter Kayla Mullaney (Elmhurst, Ill./York Community) earned honorable mention recognition on the 2011 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-America Team when the national office released the awards Monday as selected by the NAIA Volleyball All-America Selection Committee. Mullaney led the Cougars with 394 kills and was also fourth on the team with 258 digs. In addition, she joined senior libero Erin Sebo (Downers Grove, Ill./St. Scholastica/Downers Grove North), senior setter Ashley August (LaGrange Park, Ill./Lyons Township) and junior middle blocker Colleen O'Hara (Lemont, Ill./University of Iowa/Lemont) on the list of 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Volleyball Scholar-Athletes. Student-athletes must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status in order qualify for the honor.
"Kayla was a top player and leader for us during one of the best seasons in our program's history," said SXU volleyball coach Robert Heersema. "She is very deserving of this recognition and known around the conference as one of the best hitters. I'm also proud of our four Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes and how well they are each able to balance their classroom demands with continued success on the court."
Saint Xavier had one of the program's top seasons in terms of win percentage with a 30-5 overall record. The Cougars made it to the semifinals of the 2011 CCAC Volleyball Tournament before being eliminated in a hard-fought, five-set match with No. 3 seed Trinity Christian College (Ill.) in mid-November.