BATON ROUGE – The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes honored six LSU student-athletes for their academic achievements and community service for December.
Each month, five student-athletes are recognized for their academic improvement, dedication and proven ability. In addition, one student-athlete is chosen through LSU's Student-Athlete Affairs program for their volunteerism and commitment to the community.
December’s student-athletes of the month are Alex Kjellsten [Football], Raigyne Moncrief [Women’s Basketball], Katarina Raicevic [Volleyball], Leah Troskot [Swimming & Diving] and Trai Turner [Football]. Desiree Elliott [Volleyball] was selected as the Shaquille O'Neal Life Skills Program Student-Athlete of the Month.
Kjellsten is majoring in kinesiology, while Moncrief and Troskot are mechanical engineering majors. Raicevic and Elliott are majoring in business, and Turner is an interdisciplinary studies major.
Elliott, a senior middle blocker from Cypress, Texas, competed in 24 matches where she tallied 2.21 kills and 0.76 blocks per set in 2013. Concluding her LSU career against Pac-12 champion and No. 3 Washington in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, she racked up 1,182 career kills which places her 13th on LSU’s all-time list. The Texas native has been a three-time All-SEC Preseason and All-Louisiana First-Team selection. In 2010, Elliott captured All-SEC First-Team, SEC All-Freshman Team and SEC Freshman of the Year honors. Her efforts as a student-athlete extend beyond her duties on the court, as she’s also participated in Camp Tiger, AgMagic, the Special Olympics and Read Across Louisiana. Following her final home match, she donated the “Geaux Kids” items which ranged from children’s clothes and shoes to baby supplies that were accumulated during the season to Saint Vincent de Paul.
A freshman placekicker from Lake Charles, La., Kjellsten earned spots on the LSWA 2011 and 2012 Class 4A All-State teams while kicking for St. Louis High. He made 8-of-11 field goals with a personal best 52-yard distance and accumulated 2,852 yards in kickoffs, according to MaxPreps.
Moncrief, a freshman guard from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., joined the Lady Tigers as the No. 6 guard in the nation, according to ESPN, and the No. 18 overall player in America by ESPN Hoop Gurlz for the Class of 2013. She earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors following a stellar weekend leading LSU to a Barclays Invitational championship. She poured in 27 points against Rutgers and broke a 22-year old school record of freshman single-game free throws with 15 versus the Scarlet Knights. She averages a team-leading 14.1 points a game and is the only player to start in all nine games for the Lady Tigers.
A freshman outside hitter from Belgrade, Serbia, Raicevic is one of eight players to average over a kill per set for the Tigers. She appeared in 10 matches and connected for a .275 hitting percentage. While at Sport Grammar School and a club volleyball player, she won five champions of state as well as “Best Player” of Belgrade honors.
Troskot, a freshman freestyle swimmer from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, finished fifth in the 400-yard relay at the Art Adamson Invitational. Against Tulane, she touched the wall first in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events, and her 200 freestyle relay team took a first-place finish.
A sophomore offensive guard from New Orleans, La., Turner held a starting role in all 12 games during the regular season. During his redshirt freshman season, he stepped into a starting position following Josh Williford’s injury. Over his career, he has tallied 105 knockdowns during his 19 career starts.
For putting forth extra effort in the classroom and community in addition to their rigorous academic and competition schedules, these six student-athletes will have their pictures displayed on the wall in the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes.