Heading into their final weekend of action in the 2012 regular season, pair of senior captains honored for sustained success on the field and court and in the classroom
The Eastern Washington University athletic department has selected Cora Kellerman from the Eagle volleyball team and Will Post from football as its November Scholar-Athletes.
This award recognizes the athletic and academic success of student-athletes, based primarily on performances turned in during the month prior. Kellerman (La Conner, Wash.) and Post (Portland, Ore), who both serve as captains of their respective teams, led the Eagles to a couple notable wins during the month of October.
Kellerman, a two-time recipient of the scholar-athlete award, has maintained a 3.79 grade point average as an electrical engineering major. She has earned a spot on the Big Sky All-Academic team three times, and is expected to make it on for a fourth time this year.
Post, who will also be selected to the Big Sky All-Academic team for a fourth-consecutive year, holds a 3.26 GPA in communications.
Both players will suit up for their final regular-season games this weekend. Volleyball hosts Idaho State on Thursday (Nov. 15) and Weber State on Saturday (Nov. 17), while football goes for its sixth Big Sky title on Saturday when it plays the Vikings of Portland State at 1:05 p.m. in the Rose City.
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After a tough start to the 2012 season that saw the Eagle volleyball team lose its first 22 matches, Kellerman helped her squad finally break through with a big win against Sacramento State on Oct. 22. In that match, Kellerman posted a double-double of 15 kills and 17 digs. Eastern captured the win after a hard-fought 29-27 victory in the opening set - the team’s first first-set win of the year. Kellerman recorded 10 of her 15 kills in that frame, while recording a .571 attack percentage.
Following the win against Sac State, Eastern made it two in a row with a sweep of Montana on Oct. 25. Kellerman hit .296 against the Grizzlies, with 11 kills, eight digs and two blocks.
In Eastern’s last seven matches, four of which have been wins, the 6-0 outside hitter has averaged 3.96 kills per set on a .223 attack percentage. She has posted double-digit kills in six of the seven matches, and registered four double-doubles. To put her recent performances in perspective, in the previous 11 conference matches, Kellerman was averaging just 2.21 kills on a .085 clip.
Along with leading her team this year in kills per set, Kellerman is also among the top 10 diggers in the Big Sky, averaging 3.18 per set. She has played and started all 99 sets of the 2012 campaign.
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Post, who has started every game of the year at right offensive tackle, is an All-America candidate for the 2012 season. He was an All-Big Sky honorable mention selection as a junior in 2011.
Eastern’s offense currently ranks 16th in FCS in passing (282.4), 20th in total offense (431.3), 32nd in scoring (30.9) and 63rd in rushing (148.9).
In three-straight wins against North Dakota, Montana State and Sac State during the month of October, the Eagle offense put up a combined 113 points and 1,287 total yards of offense.
The Eagles also ranked No. 1 in the Sports Network NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Top 25 poll for two weeks during the month.