Kelsie Hodges wins Sun Belt Sporting Behavior Award

DESTIN, Fla. ( – Arkansas State volleyball standout and Jonesboro, Ark., native Kelsie Hodges has been named the 2011-12 recipient of the Sun Belt Conference Female Sporting Behavior Award.

Hodges is the second female student-athlete in Arkansas State history to win the award, joining former women's basketball player Amber Abraham (2006). ASU is now one of just four Sun Belt Conference schools to have multiple honorees receive the award.

"When you look at the Sporting Behavior Award and everything that factors into it from citizenship to academic integrity, you immediately think of Kelsie Hodges," said ASU Director of Athletics Dr. Dean Lee.  "We are very excited for Kelsie, and this award is a direct reflection on her high character, the outstanding person that she is and the positive impact she has made on our athletic department."

Hodges appeared in 13 matches as a junior this past season, totaling 31 kills in 22 sets played for a 1.41 kills per set average. As a sophomore, she ranked second on the team with 60 total blocks and had 180 kills.

Hodges has appeared on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll each year at Arkansas State as an Exercise Science major, maintaining a 3.927 grade point average.

The Sun Belt Conference Sporting Behavior Award is given to one male and one female student-athlete who have demonstrated exemplary citizenship, sporting behavior, community involvement and academic integrity.  The award is meant to recognize overall positive attributes of student-athletes rather than focusing exclusively on their academic or athletic achievements.