FAYETTEVILLE – Kelli Stipanovich, member of the University of Arkansas volleyball team, has been named to the 2010 Southeastern Conference Volleyball Community Service Team. The SEC sponsors a community service team for all 20 league-sponsored sports. This marks the seventh such team for the conference’s volleyball programs.
"Kelli’s growth as a person and as an athlete continues to shine," head coach Robert Pulliza said. "She put together a very good junior season for the team and looking ahead, as a senior next year, she will be someone we continue to look to for her leadership and experience."
Stipanovich was one of more than 75 University of Arkansas student-athletes to volunteer during the Razorback Relief: Operation Haiti service project. During the 24-hour event, University of Arkansas coaches, staff and student-athletes teamed with members of the Northwest Arkansas community and Numana, Inc., to pack a record of more than 1.4 million meals in an effort to help feed the starving population of Haiti still suffering after an earthquake in January of 2010.
The St. Louis, Mo., native has also been active in other Arkansas community projects such as Books Hogs, Sweat Hawgs and service trips to Honduras. She continues to assist the Razorback volleyball team in its efforts to speak with and provide clinics to area club and youth organizations. Stipanovich has also participated in several post-match youth clinics.
Stipanovich is in her second season as a member of Arkansas’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). As a freshman, she was named to the 2008 SEC Volleyball Community Service Team. In the classroom, Stipanovich was named to the 2009 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll and is a two-time member of the Arkansas Athletic Department Honor Roll.
On the court, Stipanovich just completed her junior season in which she was second on the team with 2.40 kills per set. During the 2010 campaign, she posted career highs in sets played, hitting percentage, total digs, digs per set, total blocks, blocks per set and total points. Stipanovich was also named the MVP of the season-opening Arkansas Invitational and has moved into 16th place on the program’s all-time kills list.