FRISCO — Senior Kelsey Jewasko was named Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the Year, the league office announced on Thursday. Jewasko is the second Roadrunner to earn the league's top award for academic and on-court excellence and UTSA now boasts 28 honorees in department history, which leads all Southland institutions.
The Roadrunners placed three players on the all-academic first team, as Jewasko was joined by juniors Kelsey Schwirtlich and Whitney Walls.
Jewasko, who carries a 3.94 GPA in interdisciplinary studies, earned a spot on the league's top squad for the third year in a row. A finalist for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, the San Antonio native ended the season as the school's all-time leader with 2,280 digs and also was tabbed first-team All-Southland for the third time in her career. The 5-foot-7 libero ranked second in the Southland and 35th in the nation with 5.23 digs per set this fall.
Schwirtlich was named to the top team for the second consecutive season. The Corpus Christi native played in all 117 sets this past season and was named Southland Setter of the Year after leading the circuit with 10.91 assists per frame. She earned first-team All-Southland honors for the second straight campaign by guiding the Roadrunners to a .242 hitting percentage. A senior academically, Schwirtlich maintains a 3.91 GPA and will graduate later this month with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Walls played in 116 sets en route to a breakout season. The Arlington native earned first-team All-Southland laurels after leading the team and ranking eighth in the conference with 2.92 kills per stanza. The 6-foot outside hitter registered a .317 hitting percentage on the strength of 339 winners. Walls, who appeared on the league's academic squads for the first time, holds a 3.3 GPA in marketing.
Head coach Laura Neugebauer-Groff now has coached 22 all-academic honorees in her 10 seasons at the helm of the Roadrunners.