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
XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA