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Morehead's Roberson named OVC's top female athlete

Ellie Roberson of Morehead State
Ellie Roberson of Morehead State

Morehead State senior volleyball player Ellie Roberson was named Ohio Valley Conference Female Athlete of the Year on Wednesday.

Roberson led the conference in kills (500) and hitting percentage (.341) in 2012 as she helped the Eagles win a third straight regular-season championship.

"For Ellie to be recognized as the best female student-athlete in a conference with so many tremendous players is a testament to her hard work and determination to succeed," MSU head coach Jamie Gordon said.

A graduate of Louisville's Manual High School, Roberson finished her career with 1,521 kills — seventh-best in school history.

In addition to being recognized for success on the volleyball court, Roberson was named MSU's Small Business Outstanding Student of the Year for 2013.

Roberson is only the second OVC Female Athlete of the Year award winner from Morehead State. Former Eagles basketball standout Priscilla Blackford, won it in 1982-83

"This award is a tremendous honor for me," Roberson said. "It means I have accomplished everything I set out to achieve as a volleyball student-athlete."

Eastern Illinois junior wide receiver Erik Lora was named OVC Male Athlete of the Year after catching a Football Championship Subdivision record 136 passes last season.

Female nominees included Eastern Kentucky sophomore tennis player Amandine Faouzi and Murray State sophomore field athlete Tonia Pratt.

Among the male nominees were Eastern Kentucky junior distance runner Wade Meddles, Morehead State senior distance runner Zachariah Elliott and Murray State senior basketball guard Isaiah Canaan.

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