Eleven members of the Carroll College volleyball team were chosen for the Frontier Conference’s All-Academic team.
Among the Fighting Saints selected were seniors Elli Graff (health sciences), Catie Hanser (elementary education), Calli Prestwood (health sciences), Emma Priddy (nursing), Sarah Roshak (mathematics) and Karla Hellegaard (elementary education), juniors Emily Burk (sociology) and Kathleen Mulligan (health sciences), and sophomores Kylie Dirham (health sciences), Madeleine Fey (nursing) and Rebecca Sweeney (undeclared).
To be eligible for the Academic All-Conference team, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, maintain a 3.0 GPA and be enrolled at school the previous two semesters.
HELENA – Carroll College head volleyball coach Moe Boyle announced the Fighting Saints first signings for the 2014 freshman class.
Marija Nicksic a 6-foot-4 outside hitter from Valparaiso, IN will join Boyle’s squad in the fall.
Nicksic is a three-year letter winner in volleyball, was selected All-Conference and All-Area Honorable Mention at Andrean High School.
Nicksic, a captain during her senior season helped Andrean to two regional championships. She also was a member of the Ultimate 16 Gold Team that earned a third place finish at the club national tournament in Atlanta in 2011.< strong>
“We are thrilled to have Marija join our team. She will provide us with immediate help up front. She is a very smooth hitter, an excellent student and will be a quick learner – we expect her to contribute right away,” Boyle said.
Nicksic has excelled in the classroom with a 4.3 GPA and lends her talents as a graphic editor for the Acropolis student newspaper. She plans on studying history at Carroll.
“I hope to better myself as a volleyball player, student and person as well as experiencing everything Carroll and Helena has to offer,” Nicksic said.
Nicksic has two other siblings who play collegiate athletics. Her older brother Pete is a senior forward on the basketball team at Wabash College and her older sister Ana is a setter at Elon University.
Nicksic’s height will be much needed as two front line members of the 2013 Carroll team have graduated. Captains Elle Graff and Karla Hellegaard’s shoes will need to be filled by returners and newcomers alike.
Carroll College finished fifth in the Frontier Conference this past season with a 9-7 conference record.
Photo courtesy of Thomas Quinn (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
HELENA – Carroll College could send out a starting lineup of scholar-athletes this season as six Fighting Saints volleyball players were named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Volleyball Scholar-Athletes by the NAIA.
Seniors Elli Graff and Karla Hellegaard along with juniors Kathleen Mulligan, Calli Prestwood, Emma Priddy and Sarah Roshak were recognized for their excellence in the classroom.
“I’m so proud of our team’s accomplishments off the court, they are a great group to coach and they work hard in the classroom. Having six upperclassmen receive this designation is a testament to the type of student-athlete we recruit and the overall quality individuals we are fortunate to have at Carroll College,” head coach Moe Boyle said.
In order to be nominated for this honor 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 have achieved a junior academic status.
Graff, Mulligan and Prestwood are all majoring in Health Sciences. Hellegaard majors in elementary education, while Priddy is a nursing student and Roshak is studying mathematics.
“These girls have been great role models and leaders for our younger players and I am so happy that they have been recognized for their commitment to maintaining focus on their academics, which is never an easy task,” Boyle added.
The six players from Carroll were among 391 volleyball players nationwide to be named NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Hastings (Neb.) and Concordia (Neb.) led all institutions with eight players apiece on the list.
By the Helena IR
Fourth-seeded Westminster ousted defending Frontier Conference tournament champion and fifth-seeded Carroll College with a 3-0 (26-24, 28-26, 25-22) victory on Friday.
The win moves the Griffins into the tournament semifinals, set for 11 a.m. Saturday morning. Meeting them will be top-seeded Montana State-Northern.
Neither team could take control of the first set with 12 ties and six lead changes. With the set tied at 24, back-to-back attack errors by Carroll gave the first set to the Griffins, 26-24.
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By the Helena IR
The All-Frontier Conference team was announced at the volleyball awards banquet on Thursday, and Carroll landed a pair of players on the first team in senior middle blocker Elli Graff and junior outside hitter Kathleen Mulligan.
Setter Jonni Dorr was the other Saint honored Thursday, earning a spot on the All-Freshman Team.
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By Amber Kuehn, Helena IR
Before this season, Karla Hellegaard waited. She waited in the wings, eager to show off the talent that had landed her on a college volleyball squad. She worked hard in the weight room and at practice, desperately wanting that starting spot, but never one to complain about a lack of playing time.
She contributed what she could from the sidelines and made the most of every minute when she went into a game. Now, Hellegaard is reaping the rewards — proving patience pays off — and playing with the enthusiasm of a kid on Christmas in her final year at Carroll College.
“I think she’s bided her time for three years,” Saints coach Moe Boyle said of her senior right-side hitter. “She came in as a promising freshman, then her sophomore and junior year competed every day against Sarah Roshak and Calli Prestwood for the same position. They fought each other tooth and nail in a competitive way, and I think it brought them closer. I think it’s made all three of them better players and … Karla came in a different person than she is leaving Carroll College. Her maturity level and confidence … she’s just grown so much.”
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