Five members of the Missouri Valley College tennis team have been selected to the all-Heart of America Conference squad for their performance during the 2011 season.
Among the Lady Vikings, junior No. 1 Elanqua Griffin of Nassau, The Bahamas, was picked for the league's first team and sophomore Courtney Henley of Marshall was on the second unit.
Making the first team for the Valley men were junior Jason Rolle of Nassau, The Bahamas, and freshman Luiz Moura of Piracicaba, Brazil, while senior Derek Gillilan of Higginsville was tabbed for the second team.
"These athletes had great seasons," declared MVC head coach Ryan Carney. "We are very fortunate to have them all returning next year."
Four Valley student-athletes were named NAIA Scholar Athletes for the spring season.
Junior pitcher Weston Loftin of Ava and senior pitcher Jarrod Hogan of Rowland Heights, Calif., made the cut from the Vikings' baseball team, senior pitcher Janie Jungerman of Flint Hill represents the softball squad and Rolle was selected from the men's tennis team.
In order to be nominated for the award, a student-athlete must be at least a junior and maintained a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Valley athletic director Tom Fifer has announced that Adam Ybarra will serve as the school's head trainer, handling the day-to-day operations of the department.
Ybarra succeeds Jennifer McDonnell, under whom he served the past year until she resigned in May. He has a bachelor's degree from Kansas State and was graduate assistant at Missouri while attaining his master's degree.
Ybarra has had two stings as trainer in the NFL, with San Diego in 2006 and Carolina in 2009-10 before joining the Vikings.
"I am confident that Adam will do an excellent job with the athletic training program," Fifer said. "We appreciate everything that Jennifer did for MVC ... and wish her all the best in the future."