Lolia Kienka Named CIAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year
May 25, 2012 –
Shaw University women's tennis player Lolia Kienka was named the CIAA's
Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the conference's annual spring
addition, she and women's basketball player Allyssa Lane were named to
the Commissioner's All-Academic
Team. The Commissioner's team honors the top 20 student-athletes in
the conference based on both academic and athletic performance.
marks the third straight year that Kienka (Lagos, Nigeria) earned a
place on the first team
of the conference's most prestigious All-Star team. A senior majoring
in both business and international relations, Kienka maintains a 3.917
GPA. She earned the Outstanding Student in Business - Concentration
Management Award at Shaw, the top academic award
within her major.
the court, Kienka earned the CIAA Women's Tennis Most Valuable Player
as well as a spot on the
Women's Tennis All-Conference Team - her fourth appearance on that
team. She was the MVP of the CIAA Tournament as the Lady Bears won
their third conference title in four years. She finished the CIAA
season undefeated with a 14-0 mark, and was 18-2 overall
at the number one singles slot.
(Winter Park, FL), a second team selection for the All-Academic team,
was a key member of the
2012 NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Championship team. The senior
recreation major maintained a 3.64 GPA throughout her academic career at
Shaw and graduated May 12.
the court, she led the CIAA with 109 assists and was sixth in the
conference in assist-to-turnover
ratio. She also led the conference in both games played and games
started. In addition to playing on this year's national championship
team, she also was part of the team that won last year's CIAA
Championship and advanced to the Final Four.
The Commissioner's Team is comprised of student-athletes from all 12 member institutions in any conference-sponsored
sport. The team is selected by the CIAA Sports Information Directors Association.