KANSAS CITY – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics recently announced its 2014 Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes for volleyball, with Taylor's Kelsey Arvin, Jackie Close, Olivia Griffith, and Julia Willey each earning the honor.
In order to be eligible to be named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status at their current institution. Taylor had five of its nine juniors and seniors earn the honor.
Arvin, Close, Giffith, and Willey were among the 455 volleyball student-athletes from around the nation to be named 2014 NAIA Scholar-Athletes and were four of the 25 student-athletes from the Crossroads League to make the list.
Taylor's four NAIA Student-Athletes were second to only to Goshen and Saint Francis in the Crossroads League with five honorees. Concordia's (Neb.) total of eight led the nation.
Taylor finished the 2014 campaign with a 26-13 overall mark, including an 13-5 record in Crossroads League action.