University of Missouri–St. Louis senior student-athletes Chelsea Burkle (volleyball) and Zach Standefer (baseball) have both been named as recipients of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) All-American Athlete Award.
The duo was nominated by Josh McMillian, head of sports performance at UMSL.
Burkle, a nursing major, became the first player in program history to earn All-America playing honors, being named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Honorable Mention Team in the fall. She was the UMSL Tritons’ top offensive player in 2013, leading UMSL with 3.47 kills per set, while also averaging 2.73 digs and 0.60 blocks per set to go with a team-best 26 service aces. Burkle was also named a First Team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference and First Team AVCA All-Midwest Region selection.
Her 410 kills this season were the seventh best single season total in program history and she closed out her career ranking eighth all-time in career kills with 975. She also ranks fifth all-time with 2,876 career kill attempts.
Standefer, also a nursing major, owns a 2-3 record on the mound for the Tritons with a 2.42 ERA. He has tossed two complete games and has one shutout. In 48.1 innings of work, Standefer has recorded 27 strikeouts. He was a First Team All-GLVC selection last season.
The NSCA All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year program recognizes those collegiate and high school athletes whose athletic accomplishments, in the opinion of their strength coach, reflect their dedication to strength training and conditioning. The athletes are also recognized for their academic and personal accomplishments and their integrity as student athletes.