JBU’s Wells, Silva Named Scholar-Athlete All-Americans

Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 7, 2006) — John Brown University volleyball players Christine Wells and Tatiane Silva were named to the 2005 Daktronics-NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete team last week. Requirements for the honor include maintaining a 3.5 or better cumulative grade-point average and being a junior or a senior.

Wells, a senior libero from Red Oak, Texas, was named to the list last year as well. This past season she was also named to the Honorable Mention All-America, first team All-Region VI, and first team All-Sooner Athletic Conference teams. She was also honored as the Region VI and SAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Wells received Region VI or SAC weekly honors 11 times during the season, and was named the National Libero of the Week for the week of Oct. 3. She holds the John Brown record for digs with 2,840 in her four-year career as well as the school record for games played with 585. Wells is an accounting major and will graduate in May 2006.

Silva, a junior outside hitter from Sao Paulo, Brazil, earned the award for the first time. She was named this season to the All-Region VI and All-Sooner Athletic Conference tournament teams and was also awarded MVP status for the conference tournament. Silva twice received Region VI Player-of-the-Week honors. She is an exercise studies major who will graduate in December 2006.

"It is an honor to both of these student-athletes to receive this award,” head coach Robyn Gordon said. “Maintaining a 3.5 GPA is tough enough by itself, without adding all the practice time and travel time that comes with athletics. I am very proud of both of these girls and what they have accomplished."