Danielle Waedekin getting set for next challenge after dominating on the court and in the classroom


College of Nursing student Danielle Waedekin became the first player in the volleyball program’s history named to the NCAA Academic All-America Division II Volleyball First Team. (Photo by August Jennewein)

Waedekin made an ideal candidate for such recognition, something only five other UMSL athletes – none of them volleyball players – had received before her. In the College of Nursing’s rigorous program, Waedekin flourished, maintaining a 4.0 GPA while balancing her busy practice and game schedule. She shone athletically, starting in all 60 of her UMSL matches and helped the team finish the 2017 season with its best record since 2008.

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