Gonzaga Has 33 Student-Athletes Earn WCC Fall All-Academic

Feb. 2, 2010

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Gonzaga University had 33 student-athletes named to the 2009 West Coast Conference Fall All-Academic teams released Tuesday.

The fall sports encompass men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer and volleyball. A first team and honorable mention were selected for all five teams.

Men's soccer paced the Bulldog selections with three first-team selections. Senior defender Nick Barclay of Boise, Idaho, has a 3.47 GPA in civil engineering. He was named to the ESPN The Magazine All-District VIII All-Academic first team as picked by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and was selected to the University Division Scholar All-West Region team as selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). He was also an All-WCC second-team selection this past fall.

Senior midfielder Ben Funkhouser of Spokane Valley carries a 3.25 GPA in accounting, while senior forward Tye Perdido of Kalua, Hawai'i, has a 3.22 GPA in religious studies. Perdido was an All-WCC first-team selection while Funkhouser was a second-team honoree.

Women's volleyball had two first-team picks. Senior outside hitter Michelle Boevers of Edmond, Okla., has a 3.41 GPA in physical education and senior outside hitter Layne Brosky of Bakersfield, Calif., has a 3.52 GPA in sociology.

Both players earned WCC honorable mention recognition this past season. Boevers finished her 4-year career at Gonzaga fifth in the all-time record books in kills with 1,231, becoming only the 11th Zag to tally 1,000 or more kills in their career. The left-handed Brosky had 301 kills for second on the team this past season and had 19 double-digit kill performances.

Women's cross country and women's soccer each had one first-team selection.

Junior cross country runner Corrina O'Brien of Spokane has a 3.47 GPA in physical education and women's soccer junior midfielder Sheridan Jones of Hillsboro, Ore., has a 3.34 GPA in nursing.

O'Brien finished 26th in the WCC Championship, covering the 6K course in 22:47. Gonzaga finished sixth, one spot ahead of last year as the Bulldogs continued to show improvement.

Jones, an All-WCC second-team pick, tied for the team lead in assists last season with four and also added a pair of goals to give her 8 points. She will enter her senior season tied for third on the all-time assists list with 9 and 10th in career points with 23.

"This is an outstanding showing by our fall sport student-athletes," Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said. "I tell our staff, coaches and student-athletes at the beginning of each school year we have two goals - to win games and to win in the classroom. I think we do an outstanding job of achieving both of those goals."

At the completion of each athletic season, the WCC selects an all-academic squad for each of the participating sponsored sports. 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.

"The West Coast Conference is proud to recognize these extraordinary student-athletes who are perfect examples of being leaders in both the classroom and the playing field," said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "These nominees are proof of the core values of our member institutions and they should all be congratulated for their efforts."

The complete teams can be found in the PDF which accompanies this story.

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