Sandau, Swenson earn scholar-athlete honors

Sam Sandau from DWU.

Sam Sandau

Kelli Swenson from DWU.

Kelli Swenson

MITCHELL, S.D. – Two members of the Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball team have been named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, it was announced by the NAIA this week.

Juniors Sam Sandau and Kelli Swenson earned the first academic honors of their Tiger careers when they were honored by the NAIA and Daktronics. Sandau, an outside hitter from Tripp, S.D., is an English education major with a 3.94 GPA. She finished fourth on the team with 150 kills this season and also had 10 total blocks and 46 digs.

Swenson, a setter from Chamberlain, S.D., is a public service and leadership and business double major with a 3.93 GPA. She had 122 assists, five service aces and 55 digs for the Tigers in 2012.

Sandau and Swenson helped Dakota Wesleyan to a 7-27 overall record and a 2-13 mark in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Both athletes will return for their senior seasons in 2013.

In order to be eligible for Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete status, student-athletes must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and have achieved junior academic status.