WCC Honors 19 Bulldogs On Fall All-Acacdemic Teams

Jan. 26, 2011

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Nineteen Gonzaga University student-athletes have been named to the West Coast Conference Fall All-Academic teams announced Wednesday by WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich.

To be considered, a student-athlete must earn at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, while also being a significant contributor to his or her team.

Seven Bulldogs were named to the All-Academic first team for their respective sport with volleyball and men's soccer each having two first-team honorees.

Volleyball was represented by senior libero Allyson Powell and junior defensive specialist Laura Day. Powell carries a 3.59 GPA in mathematics and was an All-WCC honorable mention pick this past season. Her 479 digs set a Gonzaga single season record and she averaged 4.17 digs/set. Day, who has a 3.62 GPA in public relations, played in 102 sets and recorded 272 digs for a 2.67 digs/set average.

Volleyball was also represented by honorable mention selections senior Kelsey Bashaw, 3.75, physical education, and sophomore Kylie Edinger, 3.90 in human physiology.

Senior defender Stefan Eysteinsson and senior midfielder Collin Harrison were the men's soccer first-team honorees. Eysteinsson, who has a 3.36 GPA in biology, was an All-WCC second-team selection last fall. He started 16 matches and had three goals and an assist for seven points. Harrison, who has a 3.94 GPA in business administration, was an All-WCC honorable mention pick, starting all 18 matches and scoring two goals for four points.

Men's soccer players receiving academic honorable mention accolades were junior Colin Flynn, 3.50 GPA in mechanical engineering, and senior Philippe Garre, 3.28 GPA in mechanical engineering.

Matt Bejar was a first-team selection for men's cross country. The senior has a 3.69 GPA in psychology and finished 22nd at the WCC Cross Country Championship last fall. Junior Chris Boyle, who has a 3.29 GPA in mathematics, was an academic honorable mention pick.

Women's cross country runner Laura Volcheff was a first-team recipient with a 3.73 GPA in exercise science. She finished 20th in the WCC Cross Country Championship. Senior Brittany O'Regan, 3.27 GPA in biology, and junior Brenn Donnelly, 3.23 GPA in nursing, were named academic honorable mention.

Elle Sweeney of the women's soccer team was a first-team All-Academic selection with a 3.91 GPA in physical education. She was a WCC honorable mention selection last fall, starting all 20 matches on defense and scoring one goal and adding two assists for four points.

Seniors Catherine Cullen, 3.32 GPA in psychology, and Sheridan Jones, 3.33 GPA in nursing; juniors Ashley Railey, 3.70 GPA in international relations, and Lauren Ames, 3.38 GPA in biology, and sophomore Morgan Manchester, 3.70 GPA in biology, all received academic honorable mention.

"Our student-athletes continue our tradition of performing well in the classroom as well as on the field of competition," Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said. "We are all proud of the emphasis our coaches, student-athletes and support staff place on academics at Gonzaga and accolades such as these reflect that effort."

"The West Coast Conference prides itself on excellence both in the classroom and on the fields of play," said Zaninovich. "We are proud to recognize these student-athletes, who exemplify the core values of our member institutions, for their outstanding accomplishments and for representing the ideals of the West Coast Conference."

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