Thursday, June 2, 2016

Bruins earns XU's 6th NAIA Scholar award of 2015-16

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's Sha'Nel Bruins has been named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete in women's tennis.

Bruins — a junior accounting major from Colfax, La., and a graduate of Grant High School — is among 107 from 53 schools in this sport to receive the NAIA honor this season. Bruins is the only representative from the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference or Louisiana.

To qualify for Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, student-athletes are nominated by their institution, must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status.

Bruins is the fifth XU student-athlete of 2015-16 to be named NAIA Scholar-Athlete. The others were Brent Kitto — a double recipient in men's cross country and track and field — and Jodi Hill, Kayla Jones and Franziska Pirkl in women's volleyball. Sixteen student-athletes from eight XU sports have earned 30 NAIA Scholar-Athlete awards, all in the last 14 seasons. During the past two seasons, 10 from Xavier have received 17 of those awards.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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