UCA's Nash named Student-Athlete of the Year

The Southland Conference recently announced its volleyball All-Academic teams and they were headlined by a Central Arkansas Sugar Bear. UCA sophomore Megan Nash was named the league’s Student-Athlete of the Year. She has a 3.91 GPA while majoring in kinesiology.

The Oakville, Ontario, native earned a spot on the All-Southland First Team after finishing second in the conference and 30th in the nation with an average of 1.32 blocks per set, a number which is good for the third-highest average in school history. Though she missed the first two weeks of the season due to injury, Nash still ranked fourth on the team in matches started, averaging 2.08 kills per set and 0.21 service aces per set. She was a key component in a Sugar Bear defense that led Southland Conference play in both opponent hitting percentage (.131) and blocks per set (2.60).

“Megs is the epitome of what it means to be a student-athlete, excellence both in the classroom and on the court,” said UCA head coach Jeni Jones. “She is one of the hardest-working players in our gym and it should come as no surprise that she works equally hard and efficiently in the classroom. All students at UCA are provided with outstanding academic resources and professors that are second to none. The tremendous staff at the Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Center and our academic coordinator Jaime Ashmore make for a stellar combination of greatness.

“We could not be more thrilled that Megs is not only representing UCA Volleyball, but our entire university amongst our conference peers as the ‘Best of the Best.’”