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Bob Dixon

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Two LMU Standouts Honored for Academics & Service/Leadership

HARROGATE, Tenn. Junior Sierra Hucklebee and senior AJ Risavy have been named Lincoln Memorial University's 2021 B. Frank Turner Female and Male Scholar-Athlete Award recipients. A shortstop on the softball diamond, Hucklebee is a two-time All-South Atlantic Conference selection and recent Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society inductee. Risavy, a men's volleyball setter, is a four-time Off the Block All-Independent Team performer and 2019-20 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Men's At-Large Second Team honoree. The B. Frank Turner Scholar-Athlete Award is intended to recognize one male and one female LMU student-athlete who best exemplifies what it means to not only succeed in academics and athletics, but also display strong levels of servant leadership. The award is open to student-athletes who meet the eligibility requirements and is reserved for the best and brightest participating in each sport. Nominees must be at least a sophomore academically, have a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average, completed one full year at LMU (by the end of the spring semester), and should be involved in service and leadership activities. Nominations are submitted by head coaches to the Faculty Athlete Advisory Committee (FAAC). The FAAC then reviews the nominations and scores each candidate. After all ballots are received, a winner is announced based on an aggregate score in the three areas of academics, athletics and service/leadership. "I can't say enough about Sierra Hucklebee," commented softball head coach Ritchie Richardson. "She certainly has exemplified the ideal student-athlete during her time here at LMU. Within the softball program she is a one-in-a-million competitor. I have watched her lead the way in our program with determination, effort, and desire and she has reaped many playing honors for it. In the classroom she has been exemplary as well, earning scholar-athlete recognition for outstanding achievement each year. Sierra has a big heart for the at-risk and underserved and I know she has dedicated many hours to serving these groups in surrounding communities. The entire LMU softball program is proud of Sierra Hucklebee, she represents all that is great about being a Railsplitter." Helping lead the Lady Railsplitters to a top-five national ranking and a remarkable 36-6 record this season, Hucklebee ranks among the top 10 in program history in runs scored (109) and is tied for 10th in doubles (38). Tabbed SAC Freshman of the Year in 2019, the Knoxville, Tennessee (Gibbs HS), native is a two-time SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll member and has landed a spot on the LMU Dean's List every semester while in Harrogate. Hucklebee received a 2019-20 Division II Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) Academic Achievement Award and is a staple on the AD's Academic Squad with a 3.75 GPA while majoring in business management and marketing. Outside of the classroom and off the field Hucklebee devotes much of her time to worthy causes such as Clays for Children, which is a fundraiser that benefits child advocacy centers in District 9 of Tennessee and is done in conjunction with the district attorney general office. She has been involved with the ROHO Christmas Shopping Spree in Middlesboro, Kentucky, and the Emerald Youth Foundation, serving as a counselor helping to close the gap with urban youth. Hucklebee has been a mentor to youth softball players at Willow Creek Youth Softball Park and fed the homeless in downtown Knoxville, not to mention bringing joy to the elderly by being a song leader during nursing home church services. Other community service projects Hucklebee has assisted with include food drives for children and Valentine's Day cards for the nursing home. "AJ is the quintessential student-athlete," spoke men's volleyball head coach John Cash. "Carrying a 4.0 GPA and a four-time all-conference selection is an incredible feat. Coming off being named a second-team academic All-American last year, it takes a lot of mental toughness to be able to do both sides of that very well and AJ is more than equipped to be able to handle those situations. We're extraordinarily proud of all of his accomplishments and we look forward to seeing him do great things in law school and beyond." A crucial piece to the Railsplitters' three-straight Independent Volleyball Association (IVA) Tournament titles, Risavy was the Off the Block Independent Teams Freshman of the Year in 2018 and earned IVA All-Tournament Team honors following LMU's championship runs both in 2019 and this spring. Completing his Railsplitter career as the program's all-time leader in assists (2,733) and assists per set (9.56), Risavy finished second in LMU history in digs (402) and third in both sets (286) and matches (83) played. Ranking 13th nationally in assists per set (9.98) in 2021, Risavy's career assists and assists per set are third and fifth-most, respectively, among active career leaders in NCAA Division I/II men's volleyball. The Edwardsville, Illinois (Metro-East Lutheran HS), native will receive his bachelor's degree in business administration with a political science minor on Saturday, May 8 as salutatorian of the 2021 spring commencement. Owning an unblemished 4.0 GPA, Risavy has earned a spot on the LMU Dean's List every single semester, been a part of the AD's Academic Squad and claimed a pair of D2 ADA Academic Achievement Awards. A CoSIDA Academic All-District® At-Large Team member prior to being named an Academic All-American® last year, Risavy is a part of both the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society and Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society. He secured the top scholar award for undergraduate business programs and is the recipient of the Margaret T. Leary Scholarship and the Sam & Mary Lou Spencer Scholarship. Making an impact in the community, Risavy has contributed his time to several projects. Volunteering with Meals on Wheels, Risavy participated in Halloween Havoc and the ROHO Christmas Shopping Spree. He served as a grass volleyball tournament worker and is an Enactus member, in addition to participating in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).


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