Anna Keeling, Texas Lutheran University, Volleyball

Anna Keeling, Texas Lutheran University, Volleyball

ANNA KEELING OF TEXAS LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY, a senior middle blocker on the volleyball team, has been selected the SCAC Character & Community Female Student-Athlete-of-the-Week for the week beginning October 12, 2015.

The SCAC honors the efforts of student-athletes who excel in the field of athletics, and also serve their campus and community.

Four years ago, Keeling transferred to TLU after a semester out of state. She returned to Texas and joined the Bulldogs for the spring off-season of 2013. TLU has become her second home.

“I felt like I fit in,” said Keeling. “It was so nice. There are great people here at TLU. By my sophomore year, I found a great group of friends, and I enjoy being around them all the time. And the girls on our team, I absolutely love them.”

Since joining the TLU community, Keeling has been involved heavily in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and experienced Costa Rica as part of a faculty-led trip in the Non-Profits and Non-Governmental Organizations class – a class offering in the Social Entrepreneurship major.

“I took the class to get out of my little kinesiology bubble,” said Keeling, a kinesiology major.

With FCA, Keeling serves as the group’s secretary and has volunteered as a huddle leader – leading group discussions and Bible studies. On the trip to Costa Rica, Keeling assisted in community service work designed to help the country’s environment.

“We did a lot of community service there,” said Keeling. “We picked up tons of trash on the beaches and rebuilt sea turtle nesting grounds.”

Keeling also worked with volunteers in a geo-mapping system that tracked the accumulation of trash so that the trash could be picked up more efficiently. Keeling plans to attend graduate school and receive a master’s degree in exercise science.

“Hopefully I can work with kids,” said Keeling. “I would love to be an exercise physiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, or work with adults in stroke and cardiology rehab.”

Keeling, a Houston native, is a three-year starter for TLU Volleyball. She missed five matches due to injury this season, but she has returned to make 12 starts for the 14-5 Bulldogs.

Keeling has played in a total of 59 sets and recorded 51 kills and 27 blocks.