Francis of women’s football recognized in the ASUN Fall Winners for Life team


ATLANTA – The ASUN conference on Tuesday recognized its team of Fall 2021-22 Lifetime Winners. The team is made up of one student-athlete from each of the 12 institutions and honors those who demonstrate excellence on and off the playing surface.

2021-22 ASUN Conference Fall Winners for Life Team
Elyssa Francois, Bellarmine – Women’s Football
Gracie Hair, Central Arkansas – Women’s Football
Molly Michalak, Eastern Kentucky – Volleyball
Dana Axner, FGCU – Volleyball
Isa Dostal, Jacksonville – Volleyball
Marshall Clark, Jacksonville State – Football
Lauren Chastang, State of Kennesaw – Volleyball
Calli Doan, Liberty – Women’s Cross Country
Shelby Craft, Lipscomb – Women’s Football
Maggie Sullivan, Northern Alabama – Volleyball
Ariana Munoz, North Florida – Women’s Soccer
Elena Djokovic, Stetson – Volleyball

Elyssa Francois is a graduate student of Bellarmine’s prestigious Physiotherapy Doctorate Program and achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.727 upon appointment. During the goaltender’s decorated football career, the Evansville, Indiana native has been selected three times in overall conference and four times Defensive Player of the Week while also being named to the ASUN tournament all-star team last season. She has been the recipient of every academic conference or honor roll in every year of her career. Francis started 66 games with goals during his tenure, ranking second in program history for shutouts (28), third in wins (28) and goals against average (0.73), and fourth for stops (231) and percentage of stops (0.822). Francis has been with SAAC since his sophomore year, recently got involved with FCA, participated in several volunteer coaching / training opportunities for young players, recently helped organize a National Falls Prevention Day at Thrive Center alongside DPT professors in Bellarmine and has volunteered their time towards relief efforts for those affected by the recent tornado.

A selection of the all-conference women’s football team in 2021, Gracie Hair of Central Arkansas completed a total of 40 hours of community service in the fall and spring. Hair has volunteered at several community events such as the “Thank-a-thon”, Freezing for a Reason 5K and the Samaritan’s Feet Shoes of Hope event. The senior posted a cumulative GPA of 3.83 as a health service administration while being an active member of UCA’s SAAC. She started in all 18 UCA games as a defender while registering two goals and three assists this season.

Molly Michalak is one of Eastern Kentucky’s most active student-athletes in civic engagement. She is a representative of the SAAC, captain of the volleyball team and head of the awareness committee at SAAC meetings. She has led Colonels in the field with 3.01 kills per set and holds the highest standards for herself in the field, being active in the community through campus cleanup, volunteering on Campus Rec the Ravine Night, Operation Christmas Child and volunteering at Women’s Soccer and International Student-Athlete Nights.

Dana Axner of the FGCU has been a member of the Eagles Council (SAAC) for two years and is currently one of 13 EAGLE Leadership Institute student-athletes for 2021-2022. She has 80 hours of community service with Path of Love, Beach Cleanup, Stop Foundation and others. The senior placed second in the conference this season in set recoveries (4.54) and third in total recoveries (490) and she helped FGCU win their second ASUN Volleyball Championship on the Eagles ground.

Isa Dostal of Jacksonville did his summer internship with the marketing and advertising firm Herman & Partners in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A senior intermediate tackler from Ljubljana, Slovenia, Dostal is fluent in English, Slovenian and Italian. She led the Dolphins in the fall with 168 kills and 67 blocks overall while registering at least 10 kills on five occasions and appearing in 94 sets throughout the season.

Marshall Clark of Jacksonville State works closely with the Munford Church of Christ as part of the Munford Community Youth Success Leadership Council. He opened his home and mentored young teens facing personal issues in their lives by giving them a place to go and someone to talk to. He placed fourth in tackles per game (7.0) in ASUN Football’s inaugural season and scored five saves in the Gamecocks’ loss to Florida State in Tallahassee on September 11.

Lauren Chastang of Kennesaw State returned to play her super senior year in the fall of 2021 as captain of the Owls team. She led the conference in serving aces per set (0.49), placed fourth in kills per set (3.39) and finished the season 13th in the NCAA with a total of 53 as. A first-team All-Conference selection and a member of the 925 Athletic Ministries of Kennesaw State, she has filled many service opportunities during her career as an owl.

2021 ASUN Female Cross Country Runner of the Year Calli Doan of Liberty became the first person in league history to be named All-American with her 28th place finish in the Cross Country Championship of Division I of the NCAA. Doan was named College Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season after posting a 3.98 GPA as a Major in Exercise Science and winning the 2021 Outstanding Exercise Science Student Award. . Doan serves in his church youth group.

Lipscomb’s Shelby Craft, 2021 ASUN Women’s Defensive Player of the Year, has a 3.9 GPA major in Exercise Science. Craft has volunteered at the Raleigh Dream Center where she helps provide meals and play soccer with an underserved population. The ASUN 2021 Women’s Football Tournament MVP is also part of the Leadership Summit led by Chris Koltz. She helped Lipscomb win 13 shutouts and the program’s third ASUN title and an NCAA tournament appearance in the fall.

Maggie Sullivan has helped the North Alabama volleyball team achieve a 0.500 winning percentage at home this season with a 4-4 record in competitions played inside Flowers Hall. She placed third on the team with 2.07 kills per set. Off the field, the junior works with the city of Florence, Keep Shoals Beautiful and the UNA FYE student panel. She also helped collect school supplies in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, as well as participating in Our Lady of the Shoals Civic Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Ariana Munoz has served as the SAAC Representative for the North Florida Women’s Football Team as well as the UNF Title IX Committee. The Health Sciences major recorded a GPA of 3.95 when she was named to the ASUN Academic Honor Roll. Munoz currently coaches youth football at Jacksonville FC and tutoring middle school students. During the 2021 season, she played nine games while recording three points on three assists.

Elena Djokovic, who earned her first All-Academic selection, has a GPA of 4.00 as she pursues a major in finance and a minor in marketing. She becomes Stetson’s first varsity volleyball athlete of the year and only the second hatter selected to the All-Academic team. The Belgrade, Serbia native is very committed to volunteering with elementary and middle school children in the local DeLand region, serving as a volunteer instructor at volleyball clinics, K2 races and children of elementary schools on foot to and from the house. She led ASUN in the regular season with 374 kills and 401.0 points.

The Winners for Life team honors a campus citizen who is respected as one who shares and / or demonstrates ASUN’s core values: education, honesty, student-athlete experience, equity, health, ambition, respect, diversity, inclusion , leadership, responsibility, and sportsmanship. To be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must have competed in the current academic year in a sport sponsored by ASUN and have good academic results at their university.

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