Dayton, Tenn. – Bryan College Lions Women's Volleyball member, Rachel Lyons (SR/Knoxville, Tenn.), was named a 2016 Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete, announced recently by the Nationals Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.
Lyons has excelled in both the classroom and on the court and has gone above and beyond by serving on the ENACTUS team at the school and double majoring in economics/finance and accounting. ENACTUS is a worldwide organization that believes investing in students who take Entrepreneurial ACTion for others, which in turn creates a better world for US all. Lyons is studying to become a certified public accountant (CPA). Her efforts in the classroom also led to her being named to the Appalachian Athletic Conference All-Academic Team, which is awarded to student-athletes who have completed two terms of attendance and attained a grade point average of 3.25 or higher.
Despite her limited time on the floor, she has registered 137 digs this season with 10 of them coming on Nov. 1 when Bryan outlasted conference foe Bluefield College in a five-set thriller (26-24, 22-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-9) on Senior Night.
Lyons was a part of a Lions team that battled for an 18-19 overall record this year and a 13-9 record in AAC play. The group worked their way to a fourth place finish in conference. Bryan's season ended in the opening round of Conference Tournament play when Tennessee Wesleyan University upset the Lions in five sets (25-23, 25-21, 14-25, 21-25, 12-15).
For the full list of 2016 Daktronics-NAIA Volleyball Scholar-Athletes, click here.