by Ben Adamson
Laynie Dake and
Gerri Idos earned Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete recognition Tuesday, each landing a spot on the Honorable Mention
Team according to a vote of the league’s volleyball sports information directors.
Dake started all 32 MSU matches this season and played in every set, becoming the first middle since 2009 to lead the Bears in kills with 300 on the season. She finished the year with averages of 0.89 blocks and 0.58 digs per set, led the Bears in kills 10 times with 16 double-figure matches, and had 15 matches with at least four blocks. Dake carries a 3.58 cumulative grade point average, and graduates in May with a degree in communication sciences and disorders and a psychology minor.
Idos appeared in every match in 2019, averaging 2.97 digs per set and 3.86 in Valley play after becoming the Bears’ full-time libero early in the league season. She had 17 double-figure dig matches with a high of 30 against Bradley on Oct. 25, tallying 348 total digs, 53 assists and seven aces on the year. The Springfield native owns a 3.88 GPA in cell and molecular biology, and will graduate in May with the addition of Spanish and chemistry minors.
A total of 33 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 3.30 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).