Friday, December 2, 2016

Xavier's Temple earns Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete for 2016

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana volleyball continued its streak of Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes when Kaelan Temple was named to the 2016 team Friday.

Temple — a junior biology major and outside hitter/defensive specialist and a graduate of Houston's Lamar High School — is the sixth Gold Nugget in this sport to earn this honor. It's the fourth straight year and the fifth time in seven years that XULA volleyball has one-or-more honorees.

Temple is one of 481 — a 12-percent increase from 2015 — from 153 schools to receive the Daktronics-NAIA award this season.

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 to qualify for Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete. All-time at XULA, 17 student-athletes in eight sports have earned this award a collective 31 times.

This is the fourth volleyball-related academic honor for Temple, who is a two-time member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Honor Roll and was a second-team Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar a year ago.

The Gold Nuggets were 16-17 this year, and for the sixth consecutive season they won GCAC regular-season and tournament championships and qualified for the NAIA National Championship. Temple this season produced 17 kills, nine aces and 123 digs in 23 matches.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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