Kansas City, Mo. – Three Saint Xavier University women's volleyball players were recently named 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes by the NAIA national office in Kansas City, Mo. Seniors Desiree Aramburu (Chicago, Ill./Radford University/Mother McAuley), Kayla Mullaney (Elmhurst, Ill./York Community) and Colleen O'Hara (Lemont, Ill./University of Iowa/Lemont) represented SXU as three of the 408 players to earn the 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete distinction. In order to be nominated, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and achieved junior academic status. Hastings (Neb.) and Indiana Tech led all NAIA institutions with each fielding eight individuals on the list.
Aramburu, a setter for the Cougars, was named the 2012 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Volleyball Player of the Year last month leading the Cougars with 1,425 assists and finishing second on the team with 42 service aces and 432 digs. She is currently majoring in speech pathology and holds a 3.61 cumulative GPA. Mullaney, an outside hitter, led Saint Xavier in kills (459), kills per set (3.14) and service aces (50). She was also third on the team in digs (388) and named to the second team of the 2012 all-conference squad. Mullaney is majoring in speech pathology and possesses a 3.64 GPA. O'Hara, a middle blocker for SXU, was third on the team in kills (333), kills per set (2.28) and also points/set (2.67). She is a nursing major and owns a 3.64 GPA.
Saint Xavier wrapped up its 2012 season with an impressive 31-13 overall record and claimed second place in the CCAC regular season standings with an 18-1 mark. The Cougars also finished as runners-up in the 2012 CCAC Volleyball Tournament, which earned the team a berth in the 2012 NAIA Volleyball National Championships. It was the program's second national tournament appearance in the last three seasons.