Three University of Hawaii softball players have been named as 2013 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I All-America Scholar-Athletes on Monday. Jori Jasper (Lihu'e, Kaua'i/Kaua'i HS), Sharla Kliebenstein (Ocenside Calif./El Camino HS), and Kelly (Majam) Elms (Pine Valley, Calif./Mountain Empire HS) all earned the accolade which is given to players who achieved a 3.50 grade point average or higher during the 2012-13 academic year. Only 24 different Rainbow Wahine softball players have ever been selected for the national honor.
Jasper is the sixth Rainbow Wahine to earn the honor four times (she was named an NFCA Scholar-Athlete during her redshirt freshman year in 2010). Jasper earned her bachelor's degrees last fall with a triple major in entrepreneurship, marketing and international business. Currently, she is working towards her master's degree in sociology while serving as the Big West Conference's representative to the NCAA's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. This past May, she was selected as the 2013 Shidler College of Business' Outstanding Senior in Marketing Award for her outstanding academic record and contributions to the school and community. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Shidler College of Business' Outstanding Student in Entrepreneurship. Jasper was named to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars; a Beta Gamma Sigma Scholar; and a Golden Key International Honor Society Scholar.
For Kliebenstein, it is the second-straight year that she has been named an NFCA Scholar-Athlete. The sociology major appeared in 54 games with 28 starts in leftfield, 19 as the designated player, and six at catcher. She earned second-team all-Big West honors as well as Big West Scholar-Athlete honors as a junior. Overall, she hit .243 with seven doubles, 12 home runs, and 37 RBI for the Rainbow Wahine.
Elms became the first Rainbow Wahine to ever be named an NFCA Scholar-Athlete five times after earning the award as a redshirt freshman in addition to her four years as a UH student-athlete. Majam, one of the most decorated players in UH history, graduated this past Spring with a degree in secondary education (health and physical education). Academically, she earned conference scholar-athlete honors all four years (three in the Western Athletic Conference and one the Big West) and was also selected as UH's Big West female Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2012-13. She was also the softball team's Top Scholar-Athlete three times; made the Dean's List every semester; was the female co-winner of the Jack Bonham Award in 2013 which is presented to Hawai'i's top female student-athlete; and she became just the third UH softball player to ever earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. On the field, Elms closed out her stellar career as UH's all-time career leader with 72 home runs, 235 runs scored, 47 doubles, and 159 walks. Elms started all of UH's 232 games over the past four years in centerfield. In her senior season, she led UH with 18 home runs and 59 runs scored to go with 13 doubles, two triples, 35 RBI and 42 walks. She also swiped a career-high 12 stolen bases in 12 attempts. Elms earned all-conference honors all four years, named all-region three years and was an NFCA and ESPN All-America in 2010. Currently, Elms is a Top 9 candidate for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award which will be announced on Sunday, October 20th in Indianapolis, Ind.
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