Stipanovich honored by SEC

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas freshman volleyball player Kelli Stipanovich was honored by the Southeastern Conference with selection to the 2008 SEC Community Service team for her contributions off the court this week. Although she is just one semester into her college career, Stipanovich has demonstrated a desire to be actively involved in community service in the Northwest Arkansas area. “I’m extremely happy to see that Kelli has been named to the SEC Community Service team,” said Arkansas head coach Robert Pulliza. “Since she’s stepped foot on campus, Kelli has been full of positive energy, always giving to her teammates and to the community. We’re lucky to have her as part of the program and we’re looking forward to watching her grow both on and off the court throughout her years here in Fayetteville.” Somewhat limited due to time in her first semester of college volleyball, Stipanovich made space in her schedule to participate in Arkansas’ Book Hogs “Read To Win” program. Book Hogs encourages reading in the elementary schools, with rewards for the top readers and top schools. In addition, Stipanovich and the Razorback volleyball team participated in the SEC’s “Together We Can” drive raising awareness and donations for area food shelters. Stipanovich has also assisted the Razorback volleyball team in its efforts to speak with and provide clinics to area club and youth organizations. She participated in several post-match clinics as well. Other SEC members named to the SEC Volleyball Community Service Team include Lindsey Buteyn (Alabama), Kristina Johnson (Florida), Anjelica Partridge (Georgia), Ann Armes (Kentucky), Lauren DeGirolamo (LSU), Rahcel Kieckhaefer (Ole Miss), Dorey Gray (Mississippi State, Olivia Ryder (South Carolina) and Milan Clarke (Tennessee). The Razorbacks wrapped up the 2008 season in late November. The team returns to the court for spring practice before competition next fall.