Hall Wins Elite 90™ Award for NCAA Volleyball Championship

Elite 90™

OMAHA, Neb. – Janae Hall, a junior at the University of Kansas, is the recipient of the Elite 90 award for the 2015 NCAA Volleyball Championship. Hall, majoring in Film & Media, currently carries a 3.95 GPA and has started all matches for the 9th-ranked Jayhawks.

The Centennial, Colorado, native was presented with the award during the NCAA Volleyball Championship banquet on Wednesday night in Omaha – the eve of KU’s semifinal bout with No. 4 Nebraska (Thursday, 8 p.m., ESPN2).

“It means a lot to be recognized for what I have done in the classroom, especially because I take so much pride in my academics,” Hall said after the banquet. “This Kansas Volleyball program has always taken a lot of pride in academics, as well as what we do on the court. Me getting this award represents our hard work as a whole and that hard work doesn’t go unnoticed.”

The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.

For more information on the Elite 90 award winners, visit NCAA.com/elite-90.

Hall is the second KU student-athlete to earn the award, which was founded in 2009. Former KU Men’s Track & Field standout Eric Fattig was the first Jayhawk to win the Elite 90 award (then called the Elite 88) during the 2009-10 academic year.

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