The University of Redlands chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) recently announced that senior women’s volleyball standout Morgan Buckner (San Rafael, CA) and senior men’s soccer defender Richie Marquez (Pomona, CA) were selected as the Athletes of the Month for September.
Buckner, an outside hitter for the Bulldogs, racked up 113 kills during the month, including a season-high of 18 vs. the University of La Verne on September 27. During that span, she also registered a .209 kill percentage and 3.42 kills per set. Buckner provided solid defensive efforts as well, notching 101 digs and 10 total blocks.
Marquez led the Maroon and Gray to a 5-2 record in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) action during the month of September, including two-consecutive shutout victories during that span. While solidifying the backline he bolstered the U of R’s defense that allowed a goal or less in six of seven contests.
Redlands’ ODK requests nominations from coaches and athletic staff each month in an effort to distinguish student-athletes who demonstrate extraordinary leadership throughout their collegiate experience. In addition, these leaders must boast academic success by achieving a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Established in 1914, ODK is the national leadership honor society that recognizes students for outstanding leadership and involvement in extracurricular activities. For more information about ODK, please visit www.odk.org.