Tech Volleyball Players Named Scholar Athletes

Tech Volleyball Players Named Scholar Athletes



The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) named the volleyball 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes last Friday. Three athletes from the 2011 Montana Tech Volleyball team were named as Scholar Athletes: Allyse Cruise, Shersteen Cline and Katie Petteys.

Student-athletes are nominated by their institution’s head coach and must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status in order qualify for the honor.

“I am very proud of my players. This is the second year in a row that all three have been selected as Scholar Athletes,” commented Montana Tech Head Volleyball coach Marilyn Tobin. “It is extremely difficult to balance collegiate athletics and school.” “Allyse, Katie and Shersteen have done a tremendous job of that. It really has been a wonderful experience coaching these types of student athletes for 22 years.”

Allyse Cruise, a 5-8 libero from Liberty, SK, led the Lady Diggers in digs this past season. During the Houston Tournament early in the season, Cruise made the Tech record books by totaling 32 digs and placed her second for most digs in a match.

Shersteen Cline, a 5-11 outside hitter from Big Sandy, had 109 kills in only 49 games this season. Cline averaged 2.66 kills and 0.39 blockers per game.

Katie Petteys, a 6-0 middle blocker from Thompson Falls, averaged 0.62 kills and 0.21 blocks per game this past season.