The student-athletes on the Kirkwood Eagles volleyball team have been acknowledged for outstanding achievement in the classroom. Multiple players have been recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for superior work in the academic arena. In addition, the team as a whole was named a 2013-2014 NJCAA All-Academic Team.
Head Volleyball Coach Jill Williams knows how difficult it can be for student-athletes to juggle athletics and their studies. For Williams, her player's academic accomplishments are a source of pride.
"The life of a student-athlete is tough," said Williams. "There are a lot of demands put on players. As the coach of these young women, I preach the benefits hard work plays in all aspects of their lives. I'm happy for my players who were recognized individually as well as the whole team."
As a whole, the team earned recognition from the NJCAA as an All-Academic Team with a cumulative GPA of 3.493. Individual academic recognitions are as follows:
Cali Beyer, a Liberal Arts student, earned a Superior Academic Achievement award for holding a 3.943 GPA. Beyer is also a member of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa and is a Kirkwood ambassador as well. She will continue her career at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa after Kirkwood.
Erin Walker, an Early Childhood Education student, is also a Superior Academic Achievement award winner for holding a 3.907 GPA. Walker, who is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, will continue her career at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in the fall.
Chelsea Gryp, a Nursing student, has been awarded Exemplary Academic Achievement for her 3.735 GPA. Gryp will attend Mount Mercy University in the fall.
Congratulations to the Kirkwood Eagles volleyball team for achieving academic excellence as a 2013-2014 NJCAA All-Academic Team.
Many people are aware of Kirkwood Volleyball's successes on the court, but only few may know of its success off the court. Throughout the season, the Eagles remained dedicated to their goals on and off the court. Chelsea Gryp, sophomore outside hitter, states, "Being successful in the classroom was always a goal for our team, and it is great that we have reached our goal".
For the 2013-2014 academic year, the Eagles have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.493. This achievement is not something that should be taken lightly. With this GPA, the Kirkwood Eagles have been recognized as an All-Academic team. This is a national award that isn't obtained easily. Heather Poula, a freshman right side hitter, states, "This award means a lot to us because it isn't something we could have achieved individually. Winning this award required dedication from the entire team". The Eagles are proud to be known for their successes both on the court and in the classroom, and will continue to strive of both athletic excellence and academic excellence in the future.
Cali Beyer, a Kirkwood Community College transfer from of Tripoli, Iowa, has signed a letter of intent to join the Crusaders at Clarke College next fall.
A 5-5 libero/defensive specialist, played two seasons at Kirkwood Community College after being a four-sport standout at Tripoli High School.
Beyer led the team in digs both seasons while at Kirkwood with a career total of 1306 digs. She also left her mark in the Kirkwood Volleyball all-time stat leaders as #1 in digs/set with 4.69 and #1 in total digs in a season with 682. She was the starting libero for the Eagles when they finished 9th place at the NJCAA national tournament in 2013, and started every match for the Eagles for two seasons. Cali achieved academic excellence while at Kirkwood as she was on the all-academic first-team in both 2013 and 2014, and she will be recognized at the end of the year as a NJCAA academic All-American. She was also recognized as an Outstanding Student at Kirkwood Community College, an award that is given to less than one percent of students who attend Kirkwood.
Beyer was a four-year volleyball letter winner at Tripoli High School. She garnered first-team all-conference 3 seasons and first-team Class 1A all-region honors for two seasons. Cali was a part of Tripoli's 4-peat state championship run.
Cali is the daughter of John and Andra Beyer, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.