On Thursday, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released the student athletes named to the 2017 Academic All-America® College Division first and second volleyball teams.
College of the Ozarks’ senior Danielle Curnes was named as one of only 14 players from across the country to receive this award in the collegiate division.
Curnes (Reeds Spring, Mo.) is a nursing major at College of the Ozarks, who has excelled not only on the court, but also in the classroom. She currently holds a 3.97 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), and was named as one of the seven-member second team.
While all student athletes face the challenges of balancing their academic performance with the demands of their sport, which include travel, practice, and competitions, College of the Ozarks athletes are also expected to meet the demands of a 15-hour per week work station. Curnes has worked on campus as a lifeguard at the College’s pool since the fall of 2015.
Curnes has received numerous accolades to close out her collegiate career, which include 2017 NAIA Volleyball All-America Honorable Mention, A.I.I. Volleyball Player of the Year, Champions of Character Award, NAIA and NCCAA Scholar Athlete, AVCA North Central Region First Team, and A.I.I. and NCCAA Div. I Player of the Week.