The Summit League Scholar-Athlete Spotlight: Nebraska Omaha
Each month, The Summit League will feature outstanding student-athlete performances from a selected institution as recognized by its Faculty Athletic Representative. The June installment of The Summit League Scholar-Athlete Spotlight features three student-athletes from Nebraska Omaha.
Paige Frauendorfer, Women’s Basketball
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Jr./Humphrey, Neb.
Paige Frauendorfer led the Mavericks in scoring and rebounding with 13.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game during her junior season. She earned College Sports Madness All-Independent First-Team honors, had a team-leading 10 double-doubles and scored in double figures in 20-of-27 games. The Humphrey, Neb., native scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 12 boards at New Orleans on Feb. 18. She led the Mavericks to a 15-12 record in their first Division I season after posting an 8-18 record in their final season of Division II play in 2010-11. A two-time MIAA Academic Honor Roll selection, Frauendorfer carries a 3.97 GPA majoring in pre-pharmacy. She was a member of the Chancellor’s and Dean’s List in 2011-12.
Brittany Hanssen, Volleyball
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Sr./Grand Island, Neb.
Major: Physical Education
Brittany Hanssen was a four-year starter for the UNO volleyball team and a two-year team captain. As a senior, she led the team in blocks and averaged 1.72 kills and 0.94 blocks per set, ending her career 10th in school history for block assists. Hanssen recorded a 3.82 GPA majoring in physical education and was a member of the Chancellor’s List at UNO. She earned UNO’s Bob Kruger Commitment Award in 2011-12, given to the male or female student-athlete who had the most positive impact on the community through service engagement. Hanssen volunteered the last five years with Girls, Inc., as well as three years at St. Leo's Parish. Hanssen has also dedicated hours at Children With Disabilities, the Lied Center Children's Workshop, Sunset West Development Program, local food and clothing drives and the UNO Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. This year, Hanssen added volunteer time at the Denver Spine Clinic to assist patients with spinal cord injuries. Hansen was named UNO’s 2011-12 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Colby McCord, Baseball
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Sr./Papillion, Neb.
Major: Criminal Justice
Colby McCord has started for the Maverick baseball team for the past three seasons and served as the Mavs’ catcher for the past two. As a senior in 2011-12, McCord led the Mavs with a .366 batting average, .535 slugging percentage, .435 on-base percentage and 27 runs scored. He had a team-leading 18 doubles while contributing three home runs and 20 RBI. A three-time MIAA Academic Honor Roll pick, McCord carried a 3.46 GPA in criminal justice and was a member of the Dean’s List. The Papillion, Neb., native was named UNO’s 2011-12 Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.