RICHARDSON, Texas – Junior All-American Kenne Kessler was named the American Southwest Conference's Distinguished Scholar Athlete for women's soccer.
Overall, 68 student-athletes were named to the American Southwest Conference 2017 Fall Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Teams.
The Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Teams recognizes student-athletes who achieve a high level of academic achievement (a 3.20 grade-point average or better) while competing as a starter or important reserve on their team. From that list – limited to one nominee per school in each ASC championship sport – the sports information directors from the 13 ASC member institutions and two affiliate members select a Distinguished Scholar-Athlete in each sport.
The Distinguished Scholar-Athlete recipients include John Will of University of Texas at Dallas in men's cross country, Lindsey Rayborn of UT Dallas in women's cross country, Zane Boles of University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in football, Luke Lopez of UMHB in men's soccer, Kenne Kessler of Hardin-Simmons University in women's soccer and Sarah Paolini of UMHB in volleyball.
Kessler is the sixth consecutive HSU student-athlete and eighth overall to win the award in women's soccer. The junior was the CoSIDA Academic Al-America of the Year and a First Team All-American by D3soccer.com and the United Soccer Coaches. Kessler led the Cowgirls to the NCAA Championship Semifinals and a conference title by breaking the ASC record with 37 goals, the sixth-most in a single season in Division III history. She was the ASC Offensive Player of the Year as well.
The other HSU nominees were Colton Kent for football, Nathan McKendree for men's cross country, Emily Olguin for women's cross country, Danny Benyamin for men's soccer and Allison Kuster for volleyball.
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