Heffernen Earns MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team Honors
DES MOINES, Iowa - Drake junior middle blocker Emily Heffernen (Manchester, Iowa/West Delaware) earned Missouri Valley Conference First-Team Scholar-Athlete honors, the league announced Tuesday. The honor was Heffernen's second-straight award.
Heffernen, who carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average in biochemistry, started in all 32 Drake matches this season and was second on the team with 92 total blocks. She earned CoSIDA ESPN Academic All-District VII First Team honors a year ago, in addition to her MVC Scholar-Athlete nod.
Heffernen, who is a senior academically, will forgo her senior season of athletic eligibility next year.
Forty-five student-athletes were nominated for the Valley's scholar-athlete team. The criterion for the honor parallels the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) standards for Academic All-America voting. Nominees must be starters or important reserves with at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA (on a 4.00 scale). Also, students must have participated in at least 75 percent of the regular-season matches. Student-athletes must have reached sophomore status in both athletic and academic standing at their institution (true freshmen and redshirt freshmen were not eligible) and must have completed at least one full academic year at their institution.