TOWSON, Md. – The Landmark Conference selects 22 senior scholar athletes each year to recognize the top student-athlete in each sport based on academic and athletics.
The honorees must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20 and are selected by a committee of Landmark Conference officers, athletics directors, senior woman administrators, faculty athletic representatives, and sports information directors. Chosen at the end of each sport season, the first six honorees will be announced over the next week.
Elizabethtown College's Mackenzie Garner has been named the Landmark Volleyball Senior Scholar Athlete.
Garner, a three-time All-Landmark Conference First Team pick at middle hitter (2016, '17, '18) and four-time all-league honoree, set new career-highs in kills (391), service aces (11), total blocks (105), solo blocks (29) and block assists (76) in 35 matches this season. She led the conference in solo blocks, while ranking second in hitting percentage (.352) and blocks per set, third in kills and total blocks, and fourth in kills per set. Garner is also among the top 50 players nationally in Division III in hitting percentage, kills and blocks.
Garner eclipsed 1,000 career kills back on Sept. 21 in a match against Marietta and wrapped up her career fifth on Elizabethtown's all-time list with 1,236. The Huntingdon, Pennsylvania native also ranks second in career kills per set (3.24) and fifth in career hitting percentage (.327).
Off the court, Garner, an actuarial science major with a 3.82 grade point average, has been equally impressive. She was named an emergent scholar by Elizabethtown College in March, 2017, and has been part of the Dean's List in each of her six previous semesters on campus. Garner was also invited into the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society during her freshman year after maintaining a 3.5 or higher GPA and ranking in the top 20% of her class.
Garner is the first Elizabethtown women's volleyball player to earn the award since the Blue Jays joined the Landmark Conference prior to the 2014 season. Recent Ira R. Herr Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Kelly Downs '08 was the program's last student-athlete to earn a similar award when she was named Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Senior Scholar Athlete following the 2007 season.