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Roadrunners trio earns first-team Southland All-Academic accolades

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 12/15/2010
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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FRISCO — A trio of UTSA volleyball student-athletes — senior Kendra Rowland, junior Kelsey Jewasko and redshirt sophomore Kelsey Schwirtlich — earned first-team Southland Conference All-Academic honors, as announced by the league office on Thursday.

Rowland started all 34 matches for the Roadrunners this past season at outside hitter and recorded a team-leading 1,343 attacks, 422 kills (3.25 kps) and 16 double-doubles. The Antioch, Calif., native also ranked second on the squad with 350 digs (2.69 dps). She maintains a 3.59 cumulative GPA in communications and was named to the conference's top academic squad for the third consecutive season.

Jewasko, the only UTSA player to make an appearances in all 132 sets this year, was named the conference's Libero of the Year for the second time in the last three seasons after leading the circuit with 669 digs (5.24 dps). The San Antonio native holds a 3.9 GPA in interdisciplinary studies and she earned a spot on the league's top academic squad for the second year in row.

Schwirtlich started 32 matches after missing the entire 2009 campaign with a back injury. The Corpus Christi native handed out a squad-best 1,230 assists this fall, including a career-high 59 in UTSA's season-opening five-set win against eventual NCAA Tournament participant Mississippi. She also was second on the team with 14 double-doubles. A junior academically, Schwirtlich boasts a 3.9 GPA in mechanical engineering.

Head coach Laura Neugebauer-Groff has now coached 19 all-academic honorees in her nine seasons guiding the Roadrunners.

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