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UNI's Fisher Named to MVC Softball Scholar-Athlete Team
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Sunday 05/22/2012

ST. LOUIS -- Twelve conference softball student-athletes have been named to the 2012 MVC Scholar-Athlete first team, including four repeat selections, as voted on by the league's softball sports information directors and announced by the Missouri Valley Conference office today.

UNI's Jamie Fisher earned first-team honors, while Whitney Plein secured honorable mention status.

Southern Illinois' Mallory Duran-Sellers and Illinois State's Megan Warner earned their third first team honor, making them the 20th and 21st players in league history to be named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete first team in each season of eligibility. Duran-Sellers and teammate Brittney Lang both sport a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Southern Illinois placed four student-athletes on the first team, the most in the league. Drake claimed three spots with Creighton and Illinois State student-athletes earning two spots each. Northern Iowa earned one nod. In all, five conference schools are represented on the first team.

Impressively, Southern Illinois has earned at least two MVC Scholar-Athlete first team selections for 15-consecutive seasons.

In order to be eligible, student-athletes must have at 3.2 GPA or higher, be at least a sophomore in athletic and academic standing and meet certain playing requirements.

2012 MVC Softball Scholar-Athlete First Team
Name, School  Year   Pos.   GPA  Major Hometown/Last School
Kelsea Ashton, Southern Illinois So. 3B 3.92 Biological Sciences Carterville, Ill./Carterville
Becca Changstrom, Creighton So. P 3.81 Chemistry Lincoln, Neb./Southwest
Torey Craddock, Drake Sr. 2B 3.44 Health Sciences Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic
Mallory Duran-Sellers, Southern Illinois Sr. OF 4.00 English Education Windsor, Colo./Windsor
Jamie Fisher, Northern Iowa So. P 3.50 Leisure Youth High School Conrad, Iowa/BCLUW
Caiti Kopp, Illinois State Sr. C 3.96 Anthropology Normal, Ill.Normal Community West
Brittney Lang, Southern Illinois Jr. P 4.00 Exercise Science Leavenworth, Kan./Lansing
Amy Pierce, Drake So. SS 3.45 Pharmacy Olathe, Kan./Olathe Northwest
Christa Ruf, Creighton Sr. OF 3.90 Nursing Omaha, Neb./Westside
Jayna Spivey, Southern Illinois Sr. OF 3.80 Biological Sciences Rosiclare, Ill./Hardin County
Lindsay Vande Wall, Drake Jr. OF 3.88 Elementary Education Prairie City, Iowa/Prairie City-Monroe
Megan Warner, Illinois State Sr. P 3.82 Exercise Science Milan, Ill./Sherrard
2012 MVC Softball Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention 
Name School
Erin Carney Wichita State
Mariah Cole Bradley
Alyssa Doyle Indiana State
Lauren Kellar Illinois State
Madeline Lynch-Crumrine Bradley
Rachel Milnark Wichita State
Halee Myers Indiana State
Whitney Plein Northern Iowa
Julie Sherman Bradley

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