Two Yellow Jackets Named To All-ACC Academic Softball Team

June 27, 2014

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Seniors Alysha Rudnik and Hayley Downs of the Georgia Tech softball team were named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team, the ACC announced Friday.

To be eligible for consideration for the All-ACC Academic Team, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career.

Rudnik earned the recognition all four years of her career and maintained a 3.35 GPA during the season and an overall GPA of 3.56 in business administration. Rudnik, who was one of 10 national finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award, was selected as a second-team All-American and earned a 2014 ACC Postgraduate Scholarship.

It marks the third appearance on the team for Downs, who maintained a 3.5 GPA during the season and a 3.17 cumulative GPA in business administration.  Downs tied for the ACC lead in sacrifice bunts with 15 – seventh-most per game in the NCAA in 2014, and helped Tech lead the ACC in stolen bases per game, swiping 20 on 21 attempts.

Each of the ACC’s 11 schools that support softball is represented on this year’s All-ACC Academic Team, led by Virginia Tech with six representatives. Florida State, which represented the ACC at the 2014 Women’s College World Series, had four honorees, followed by Boston College, North Carolina, NC State and Notre Dame with three each. Georgia Tech, Syracuse and Virginia had two representatives apiece, while Maryland and Pitt rounded out the field with one each.

Four student-athletes, Florida State’s Jessica Nori, Georgia Tech’s Alysha Rudnik, Virginia Tech’s Dani Anderson and Speer, were named to the All-ACC Academic Team for the fourth time. A total of nine student-athletes were recognized for the third time.

2014 ACC Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year:Tory Speer, Boston College

2014 All-ACC Academic Softball Team
Megan Cooley (2)          So.       Boston College         Economics & Political Science
Nicole D’Argento           Gr.       Boston College         Administrative Studies
Tory Speer (4)               Sr.       Boston College         Communications
Kelly Hensley (3)          Sr.       Florida State             Exercise Science
Jessica Nori (4)             Sr.       Florida State             Business-Entrepreneurship, Professional Sales & Marketing
Bailey Schinella (3)      Jr.        Florida State             Business-Accounting
Lacey Waldrop              Jr.        Florida State             Editing, Writing & Media
Hayley Downs (3)        Sr.       Georgia Tech            Business Administration
Alysha Rudnik (4)        Sr.       Georgia Tech            Business Administration
Shannon Bustillos (3)  Jr.        Maryland                  Criminology & Criminal Justice
Kristen Brown               So.       North Carolina         Exercise and Sport Science
Jenna Kelly (2)               So.       North Carolina         Biology
Lori Spingola (2)           Sr.       North Carolina         Journalism – Public Relations
Kirsten Grant (3)           Sr.       NC State                     Biological Sciences
Lana Van Dyken            So.       NC State                     Biological Sciences
Emily Weiman (3)        Jr.        NC State                     Sport Management
Katey Haus                     Jr.        Notre Dame              Management Consulting
Jenna Simon                   Jr.        Notre Dame              IT Management
Cassidy Whidden          Jr.        Notre Dame              Film, Television and Theatre/History
Carly Thea                      Jr.        Pitt                              Communications
Shirley Daniels              Sr.       Syracuse                    Supply Chain Management
Julie Wambold               Jr.        Syracuse                    Child & Family Studies
Marcy Bowdren (3)      Sr.       Virginia                     Elementary Education
Stephanie Harris (2)     Sr.       Virginia                     Nursing
Dani Anderson (4)        Sr.       Virginia Tech           Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise
Vanessa Gonzalez         Fr.       Virginia Tech           Human Development
Kelly Heinz                     So.       Virginia Tech           Management
Kylie McGoldrick (3)   Jr.        Virginia Tech           Marketing
Katey Smith                    So.       Virginia Tech           Mechanical Engineering
Maggie Tyler                  So.       Virginia Tech           Communications

**Numbers in parentheses indicate times selected during career**

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