LEBANON, Tenn. – Four Cumberland women’s soccer and volleyball players were recognized this week as NAIA Daktronics National Scholar-Athletes. Student-athletes must be a junior or senior academically and maintain a 3.50 grade-point-average to be eligible for the honor.
Volleyball players Lauren Carter, Kristen Staback and Taylor Denney all garnered the accolade, as did women’s soccer player Helena Dimantas Farias.
Denney, a four-year starter for the Bulldogs, posted 703 assists, 203 digs and 56 service aces this season and closed out her career with nearly 3,000 assists. She was an NAIA Daktronics National Scholar-Athlete last year as well and the Cookeville, Tenn., native holds a 3.75 GPA in Accounting.
Carter and Staback, who each saw limited action this year, finished with 48 kills and 22 digs, respectively. Carter has a 3.72 GPA in Accounting and Stabacks holds a 3.81 in Mathematics and Special Education.
Dimantas Farias was a First Team All-TranSouth selection this season after leading the TranSouth Conference in points (39) and assists (13). She also finished the year second in the league in goals (13).
The Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, native posted five goals and five assists against conference opponents, including a hat trick against rival Trevecca Nazarene and a pair of assists in a victory over Freed-Hardeman in the quarterfinals of the TranSouth Championships. Dimantas Farias carries a 3.82 GPA in Humanities and Social Science.
A total of 446 women’s soccer players earned National Scholar-Athletes honors. The list may be found at http://naia.cstv.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/naia/sports/w-soccer/auto_pdf/WSoc_SAs.
A total of 387 volleyball players garnered the National Scholar-Athletes accolade. A complete list may be found at http://naia.cstv.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/naia/sports/w-volley/auto_pdf/2010VolleyballScholar-Athletes.
Lauren Carter 3.72 – Accounting
Kristen Staback 3.81 – Mathematics and Special Education
Taylor Denney 3.75 – Accounting
Helena Dimantas Farias 3.82 – Humanities and Social Science