Schneider Earns Another Academic Accolade
Meghan Schneider can't stop being awarded for her academic achievements. After earning the 2020-21 NFHCA Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, the 2020-21 Elite 90 Award for the field hockey championship, and being a finalist for the 2020-21 Honda Award, she's back again with a prestigious honor. Schneider has been named to the Academic All-American Division 1 At-Large First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The team is comprised of 92 players from across all sports in Division 1 athletics. Schneider is one of 21 women on the team to post a 4.0 GPA. She's the first player from UofL field hockey to be named to an Academic All-American At-Large Team since 2009 (Heather Bustanoby, second team) and just the fourth honoree from the program. Jessica Javelet holds the other two, being named to the first team in both 2005 and 2006.
Though Meghan graduated with a degree in biology while minoring in Spanish, we may still see her around Trager in the years to come as her younger sister Katie continues to play for the Cards. As the NCAA commercial says (this is literally one of the only things I'll give them credit for), most college athletes will go pro in something other than sports. It is great to see UofL provide the resources needed to players to achieve their goals off the field as well as on.
Verhulst is National Athlete of the Year
After being named as the Kansas Female Athlete of the Year and Girls Basketball Player of the Year by USA Today last month, Payton Verhulst became eligible for a larger award. On Thursday night, that eligibility came through. While Verhulst was not named the National Girls Basketball Player of the Year by USA Today, she was instead named the Female Athlete of the Year, a heck of a consolation. Verhulst's awards come after she was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in basketball and the Volleyball Player of the Year in Class 4A in Kansas. Bishop Miege won the state championship in both sports this season, with Verhulst at the helm for both. In basketball, she averaged 19.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while she averaged 3.7 kills per set with a 0.239 hitting percentage in volleyball. I'm sure Coach Dani Busboom-Kelly isn't done trying to convince her that there is space on the roster sheet over in Cardinal Arena.
Verhulst's offseason activities will continue today as Team USA kicks off their U19 World Cup run against Italy at 2:30PM Eastern Time.
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast
We're back this week with another podcast, and we've had plenty to cover throughout the week. We'll continue to look back on the week that was while preparing for the fall sports that are just around the corner. Join us as we bring you the joy and excitement of UofL women's athletics on this week's Cardinal Couple Radio Hour. As always, you can check out the live stream of the show by going to the Cardinal Couple YouTube page and clicking on the live video. Jeff usually creates that about an hour before the show, which officially starts at 11 AM Eastern. If the live time doesn't work for you, there are plenty of playback options, so be sure to check out whichever is best for you!
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Until next time, Go Cards!