The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Friday that 481 volleyball student-athletes have been named 2016 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.
The Lady Bobcats are pleased to announce that junior Danielle Curnes and seniors Brandy Glessner and Sarah Kreul have all been named as recipients of this award.
Curnes, an outside hitter, hails from Reeds Spring and has been a contributor to the team since transferring from Cowley County Community College and joining the Lady Bobcats in 2015. She has recorded 645 kills, 50 service aces, 1,086 digs, and 82 total blocks during her tenure. Curnes is a nursing major with a stellar GPA, who is a leader both on and off the court.
Glessner came to College of the Ozarks from rival Evangel University in 2015. Her two years as a Lady Cat have been a boon to the Cats’ lineup as a right-side hitter. Glessner’s stats at C of O include 455 kills, 251 digs, and 92 blocks. Brandy is an English-Secondary Education major, and she can often be found assisting teammates with their studies during road trips. She works in the College’s Writing Center and has the complete package of being an all-around senior leader.
Kreul, a Republic native, is a four-year setter for the Bobcats who has played 549 games, tallying 319 kills, 123 service aces, 1,161 digs, and 2,511 assists. She has been successful both on the court and in the classroom. Sarah is an Accounting major, who has made the President’s list twice in her collegiate career while also earning accolades on the court. Sarah has been a great leader for the Lady Bobcats and serves on the FCA Leadership team.
Achieving this award is an impressive feat for College of the Ozarks student athletes, as they must balance their coursework and studies with volleyball travel, practice and game time, as well as the College’s work program requirement. All full-time students at College of the Ozarks, athletes included, are required to work 15 hours per week and one 40-hour work week per semester at an on-campus job in exchange for free tuition. Curnes works as a lifeguard at the College pool, Glessner works in the Writing Center, and Kreul works in the Business Department.
Pictured: #2 Curnes, #6 Glessner, #12 Kreul