NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb’s Kayla Ostrom has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I Volleyball Team for the second year in a row.
This year Ostrom was named nationally to the Second Team. Last year she was a Third Team selection.
Players were voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Ostrom, a senior setter from West Lafayette, Indiana, posted a 4.0 in her undergraduate degree in food systems management. She is completing her first semester in Lipscomb’s master’s in business administration program.
Also named ASUN Conference Athlete of the Year for volleyball for the second straight year, Ostrom is one of five players named to the three teams with a 4.0 or higher.
“It is another piece and nice capping to her career here,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “I think this is something the program does. We find people who want to excel and push the limits.
“You root for all of your kids, but I couldn’t be more proud of Kayla. She put her heart and soul into everything she did here.”
Lipscomb is currently first nationally in NCAA Division I in assists per set with 14.03. Ostrom shared playing time this season with freshman setter Morgan Elmore, but still managed to finish sixth in the ASUN in total assists with 750 and seventh in assists per set with 6.88.
She is 11th overall in the ASUN with 3,295 assists in her career including a career high 1,446 in 2015.
“I don’t know if people really realize how much Kayla has done here,” Rosenthal said. “Kayla has worked extremely hard academically and athletically. It is neat to see someone make an impact on a national scale like that.
“As we talked with her this week in her final meeting as a player it was fun to see her so happy. It is awesome to see Kayla so happy and rewarded even though she would never put any emphasis on her awards. When you think about the hours and the time we put into things it is fun to see one of your players get what she deserves.”