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Nine post perfect 4.0 GPAs in 2015-16 to continue record-setting year for Nittany Lion student-athletes
Jones earned a first team nod, while Knief earned third team honors for the second time in her career
The Nittany Lions earned a bye to the quarterfinals and will play Friday, May 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Jones, Knief and VanDerveer all picked up first team honors for Penn State
NFCA All-GREAT LAKES REGION THIRD TEAM (2015, 2016)
ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (2014, 2015)
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN (2014, 2015, 2016)
BIG TEN DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR (2015, 2016)
2016 (SENIOR YEAR)
Started 50 games in the outfield for Penn State with 57 hits which included 13 doubles and three triples to earn a NFCA All-Great Lakes Region Third Team honor and a First Team All-Big Ten nod…Tallied 19 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI games for Penn State, while carrying a six-game hitting streak and a 12-game reached base streak…Struck out just 11 times in 160 at-bats…Led the Big Ten in sacrifice flies (4), tied for fifth in triples (3) and sixth in doubles (13)…Had 57 putouts, six assists and made just one error in her senior campaign…Holds the single season hits record at Penn State, tallying 75 hits in her junior season en route to a NFCA All-Great Lake Region Third Team honor...Ranks in the top-10 in two single season batting categories and eight career batting categories for the Nittany Lions and is a two time All-Big Ten Second Team honoree and earned First Team All-Big Ten honors in her senior campaign.
2015 (JUNIOR YEAR)
Earned Third Team NFCA All-Great Lakes Region and Second Team All-Big Ten...Set the Nittany Lion single-season record for hits with 75...Posted a .417 average (75-for-180), which ranks third in Penn State single season laurels...Ranked third in the Big Ten in hits and first with 39 knocks in conference games...Tied for fourth in the Big Ten in batting average...Appeared in 53 games, including 52 starts in center field...Recorded 37 runs, 14 doubles, four triples, 20 RBI and a stolen base...Had 26 multi-hit games this season, including six games with three or more hits...Posted 16 games with an extra base hit...Went 2-for-4 with an RBI vs. Arkansas (Feb. 6) and Fordham (Feb. 27)...Notched three hits with two doubles, two runs and an RBI at Missouri State (Feb. 14)...Had two hits with two runs and an RBI vs. No. 20 Missouri (Feb. 27)...Posted a run and a triple at Sacramento State (Mar. 14)...Went 3-for-5 with a double vs. Northwestern (Mar. 21)...Tallied two hits, a run and a triple vs. Northwestern (Mar. 22)...Laced two hits with three runs, a double and a RBI at Michigan State (Mar. 28)...Went 4-for-5 with three runs, a double and an RBI at Wisconsin (Apr. 3)...Had a 3-for-4 performance with a double, a run and a RBI against Ohio State (Apr. 15)...Nabbed three hits with two doubles, a single and two RBI at Maryland (Apr. 19)...Had a double and three RBI vs. Rutgers (Apr. 25)...Went 2-for-5, including a walk-off single vs. Rutgers (Apr. 26)...Posted four hits with three runs and a RBI in the Big Ten Tournament against Maryland (May 7).
2014 (SOPHOMORE YEAR)
All-Big Ten Second Team honoree...Started all 49 games for the Nittany Lions...Led the team and placed in the Penn State single season top-10 all-time in batting average (.372; fourth), hits (58; fifth), runs scored (37; second), triples (6; first), slugging percentage (.512; seventh) and on base percentage (.446; seventh)...Scored a program-best four runs in the season opener against Oregon State (Feb. 7) ... Had three runs scored at Michigan State (Apr. 6) and against Rutgers (Mar. 14)...Had a team-best 17 multi-hit games...Posted a trio of hits at Michigan State (Apr. 6), at Florida Atlantic (Feb. 22) and against Bucknell (Apr. 16)...Had a team-long 12-game hit streak from Apr. 2-19, during which she scored 13 runs...Recorded at least one hit in 11-straight games from Feb. 17-Mar. 15...Hit first career homer at Michigan State (Apr. 6), adding a double and triple for a 3-for-4, three-RBI effort...Was 3-for-3 with two RBI and a double at Florida Atlantic (Feb. 22)...Against Bucknell (Apr. 16), batted .750 (3-for-4) with two runs scored, an RBI and a triple...All-Big Ten Second Team member and given Academic All-Big Ten Honors.
2013 (FRESHMAN YEAR)
Made 26 starts in 38 appearances in the infield and as a pinch runner...Carried a batting average of .224 and an on-base percentage of .344...Scored 11 runs and collected three RBIs...Went 1-for-1 with a single and two walks, scoring once, vs. UMKC (Feb. 17)...Posted a 3-for-4 effort vs. Iowa State (Feb. 24), scoring twice...Scored and notched an RBI with a double vs. Longwood (Mar. 3)...Drove one run in vs. Loyola (Chicago) (Mar. 6)...Scored twice vs. Toledo (3/9) with one single and two walks...Singled and scored in back-to-back games vs. Arizona (Mar. 15) and Texas (3/15)...Crossed home plate once vs. Michigan (Mar. 29) as a pinch runner...Scored at Michigan State (Apr. 3)...Tallied one run and sent a runner in at Indiana (Apr. 6).
BEFORE PENN STATE
Named all-league, all-county and Suburban News Player of the Year 2009-11...Named Female Athlete of the Year 2009-10...Earned all-state honors in both 2010 and 2011 and MVP of Ramsey 2010-11, coached by Chris Caserta...Led the county in 2011 with a .598 batting average...Named team captain for 2012 season...Played summer ball for Team LI Gold coached by Nike Galati...Four-year letterwinner in soccer, named Bergen Record Female Soccer Player of the Year in 2011...Named to the all-league squad from 2008-11...Earned all-county (3/6) 2010-11 and Suburban News Player of the Year 2009-11...Named MVP for 2010 squad while leading Bergen County with 27 goals scored...Helped lead Ramsey to the 2011 Big North League, N.J. State Sectional & N.J. Group II State titles.
Full name is Lexis Anne Knief...Born March 22, 1994, in Ridgewood, N.J....Parents are Cathi and Karl Knief...Has a twin sister named Ashley and two siblings, Kris and Brett...Brett played baseball four years at Florida State...Majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in entrepreneurship and innovation.