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Bailey Yeager named Academic All-American

January 24, 2013

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Bailey Yeager, who will graduate in May with a minor both in Psychology and Rehabilitation Services, was recently named an Academic All-American, one of only 18 volleyball players in the nation to earn this honor. The senior in Communication Disorders and Sciences plans to pursue a graduate degree in audiology or speech language pathology. Bailey, who is from Indianapolis, broke the single-season digs record at SIU with a total of 630 digs. She plays libero, freely subbing in and out of the back row. "The dig is important because it's the first contact," says Ms. Yeager, and sets the team up for the point.

Bailey credits her success to lots of support at SIU, from the academic support staff to coaches, and says that she found that SIU professors are willing to work with student athletes as long as the student does her part to keep instructors informed. She says playing collegiate volleyball has translated into both good time management and good communication skills, and exposed her to "so many people from different walks of life." Yeager also received the Missouri Valley Conference Leadership and Service Award for her work with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, where she engaged in service related activities in the community. Her last season concluded, Bailey says she will miss her friends and teammates most, citing how much she loved creating those relationships.