SRU Good News for Sept. 3, 2009
SRU's Jen Blasko earns regional Scholar-Athlete honor
Jen Blasko, a Slippery Rock University graduate student in physical therapy and a women's volleyball standout as an undergraduate, was named this week as the 2008-09 NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners' Association's Atlantic Region female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Commissioner Steve Murray made the announcement.
She is the second SRU female in as many years to be selected as the region's top student-athlete. National champion pole vaulter Jennifer Hansen was honored a year ago.
The Atlantic Region competition includes the top student-athletes from the PSAC, West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Pitt-Johnstown baseball player Ben Watkins, the WVIAC candidate, was named as the commissioners' male Regional Scholar-Athlete.
Blasko's regional honor came on the heels of her selection as a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America performer by the College Sports Information Directors of America, as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Pete Nevins Scholar-Athlete of the Year winner and as a recipient of the PSAC Fall Top Ten Award in 2008-09.
Blasko, from Summit Hill, received her undergraduate degree in May with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average as an exercise science major.
On the court, Blasko earned Daktronics Inc. first-team and American Volleyball Coaches Association honorable mention all-region honors in 2008. She ranked ninth in the PSAC in kills (2.96 pg) and led the team in kills, digs (3.02 pg) and service aces (52).
Blasko concluded her collegiate career as a four-year starter for veteran Rock head coach Laurie Lokash. She was a three-time All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division selection and a two-time AVCA all-region selection.
Additional details are available on the SRU sports news page at: http://www.rockathletics.com.
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