Beal and Hagan Earned Prestigious Dr. Gerald Lage Award

March 14, 2013

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Volleyball senior-to-be Marianne Beal and graduate student Lauren Hagan were among 75 student-athletes honored with the Big 12 Conference’s highest academic honor when the league announced the recipients of the Dr. Gerald Lage Award.

Beal and Hagan are two of nine Jayhawk student-athletes that will receive public recognition at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Basketball Championships for earning a cumulative GPA of 3.80 in at least 100 credit hours of completed coursework.

Beal, a human biology, pre-med major, helped Kansas finish the 2012 campaign with the winningest season in program history (26-7, .788). Beal saw time in 11 matches and started one as the Jayhawks went on to host the NCAA First and Second rounds as the No. 11 overall seed.

Hagan completed her volleyball career at the end of the 2011 season after fighting her way through injury during her junior and senior seasons. She collected 155 kills for KU and was a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team member. Hagan is currently working on her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.

The award is named after Dr. Gerald Lage who was a member of the faculty at Oklahoma State from 1966-2004 and was the OSU faculty athletics representative with the NCAA and the Big Eight/Big 12 Conference from 1983 until his death in 2007.

KU’s nine student-athletes honored was fourth most in the conference, behind Baylor (14), West Virginia (11) and Iowa State (10). The official online source for Kansas Athletics, Williams Education Fund contributions, tickets, merchandise, multimedia, photos and much, much more.