WINONA LAKE – Their names continue to get called. Women’s basketball star Vironnica Drake and volleyball trendsetter Alexa Hill both returned to the awards honor roll this week.
For the third time this season, Drake has earned a Player of the Week honor for Grace’s women’s basketball team.
Drake earned the weekly honor from the Crossroads League on Monday. She scored the game-winning basket with 4.9 seconds remaining to upset No. 20 Olivet Nazarene on the road. Drake had a double-double of 21 points and 10 boards in the victory.
Grace has now upset two straight top-25 teams and is off to its best start (10-2) in program history. Drake is a big reason for that success, producing a career-best 19.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game.
The Lady Lancers, who are receiving votes in the NAIA top 25 coaches’ poll, are at home Friday against Concordia at 7 p.m.
Hill was named NCCAA Third Team All-American after her four-year career as a setter for the Lady Lancers. She also earned a spot on the AVCA/NAIA All-Region Team.
Additionally, she was honored to the prestigious CoSIDA Academic All-America Team. CoSIDA recognizes student-athletes for both athletic and academic achievements. Hill was a 3.99 GPA major in elementary education. She was the only Crossroads League representative on the seven-member First Team.
Hill recently became the first two-time recipient of the NCCAA Susan R. Hellings Award. She wrapped up her career with 4,537 career assists, ranking second in Grace history. The three-time First Team All-Crossroads League honoree also added 1,361 career digs.
She joined four other Lady Lancers to be named NCCAA Scholar-Athletes, including Makayla Bell, Gabbey Harrington, Caroline Mayer and Deborah Michalski.