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Pittsburg State Sports

August 8, 2013

Blevins requests her PSU Hall of Fame induction be delayed

Pittsburg State announced Thursday that Dina (Wathan) Blevins’ induction into its Athletics Hall of Fame will be delayed on year based on her request.

Blevins, a former All-American in volleyball, was selected along with six others to be inducted into the hall of fame’s Class of 2013. But Dina and her husband, Nate, are expecting the birth of their first child around the same time as the Nov. 2 hall of fame ceremony.

“Dina contacted us earlier this week to ask about the possibility of deferring her induction by a year as she and Nate prepare for the birth of their first child,” Pittsburg State Athletics Hall of Fame chair Dan Wilkes said in a news release. “Our athletic department staff, as well as the university administration, certainly is supportive of the alternative. Dina’s health and the health of her child should be the paramount concern and focus. We’ll look forward to honoring Dina as a member of the Class of 2014.”

Blevins enjoyed a record-breaking career as an outside hitter for the Gorillas from 2000-03. She became the first Pittsburg State player to earn All-America honors as a senior in 2003 when she helped lead the Gorillas to their first NCAA postseason appearance. Blevins set eight school records, including career kills (1,814) career service aces (158) and career digs (2,326).

Four-time All-American defensive tackle Aaron McConnell, cross country and track and field All-American Jeanette (Mott) Owens, track and field standout Vern Akins, meritorious achievement honorees Frank Crespino and Chuck Shleton and former football coach Charles H. Morgan will be inducted as the Class of 2013 during a special ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 2 at the Overman Student Center. The group also will be recognized at halftime of Pittsburg State’s home football game against Northwestern Oklahoma State later that afternoon.

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