ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Senior volleyball player Genevieve Dejean (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) has been named one of 10 Missouri Valley Conference Good Neighbor Award recipients, according to an announcement by the league office Monday.
Dejean ranked second on the team with 236 digs and a career-best 2.62 digs per set average this fall, as she helped Bradley to a 12-16 overall record and 5-13 league mark. The Braves finished the year with the most wins since 2005 and best Missouri Valley Conference record since 2006.
The 24th player in school history with 800 career digs, Dejean wrapped up her career at BU 18th in program history with 878 digs. She had nine double-digit dig outings this season and finished her career with 33 matches with 10 or more digs.
An international studies major, Genevieve boasts a 3.65 cumulative grade point average and has been named to the Bradley AD Honor Roll all six semesters at BU. Dejean is president of Sigma Iota Rho and is a member of the Bradley Athletics Braves Council, where she has assisted with Megan Fong Blood Drive along with BU's "Souls4Soles" donation campaign.
She and her twin sister Rachelle Dejean helped raise money for the disaster relief efforts in Haiti and Genevieve also lists participating in the MVC's "Just Read" program along with volunteering with the Special Olympics among her numerous community service projects.
In an effort to honor model student-athletes, the Missouri Valley Conference has partnered with State Farm Insurance in creating the MVC Good Neighbor Award. In order to be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be in good academic standing, demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service and participate in a sport during the season of recognition. The Valley will recognize 10 student-athletes three times annually (fall, winter, spring) for a total of 30 honorees each school year.