Two Zags Earn All-Academic Honors
May 3, 2017
SAN BRUNO, Calif.—Two members of the Gonzaga women’s tennis squad were honored for their academic and athletic success Wednesday as Sophie Whittle earned West Coast Conference All-Academic honors and Alex Bourguignon picked up All-Academic Honorable Mention.
A sophomore from Nipomo, Calif., Whittle continued to excel during her second year as a Zag. In singles play, she went 10-3 during the spring dual season. Whittle played at either No. 1 or 2 singles in all 19 duals played, including a 5-0 mark atop the singles lineup. Whittle was 3-1 against conference foes this season, and she led the other five matches that were left unfinished, including against Pepperdine’s Ashley Lahey, who entered their regular season match at No. 13 in the nation. Whittle’s individual success led to a First Team All-WCC designation. In doubles, Whittle went 17-7 and earned First Team All-WCC with partner Graciela Rosas. Academically, Whittle has posted a 3.39 GPA as a physical education major. This is her first year of eligibility for the top academic award in the conference.
Bourguignon, meanwhile, earned Honorable Mention accolades for the second consecutive season. As a junior, the Seattle native went 11-12 in singles play and 13-12 in doubles. Individually, she reached two finals during the fall, winning her pool at the Bulldog Invite. During the dual season, Bourguignon clinched two duals in the span of 24 hours, confirming wins over Eastern Washington and Seattle U in early February. In doubles play, Bourguignon teamed with partner Kate Ketels late in the year, and the duo went on to win a pair of WCC matches against Saint Mary’s and Pacific and clinch the doubles point in the WCC Championships semifinals against BYU. In the classroom, Bourguignon has a 3.41 GPA and is majoring in accounting.
In order to be considered for WCC All-Academic recognition, a player must hold a 3.20 GPA or higher and have been at their institution for one full academic year. They must also be a starter or key reserve on their team.
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