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Scholar-Athlete Of The Year Christy Jones Highlights Eight ACC All-Academic Team Picks

June 16, 2011

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech senior center fielder Christy Jones has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.

Joining Jones on the Academic All-ACC team are freshman Lindsey Anderson, junior Shannon Bear, junior Kate Kuzma, senior Kristine Priebe, freshman Alysha Rudnik, junior Jessica Sinclair and senior Jessica Weaver. The eight selections were the most of any school.

This is the third straight year a Tech softball player has been named the ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year as Jen Yee was in 2010 and Whitney Haller took home the honors in 2009.

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

A four-time All-ACC Academic Team selection, Jones led the league in stolen bases, tallying 33 on the season in 38 attempts. The centerfielder from Wichita, Kan., ranked 21st nationally in the category and was named to the All-ACC Second Team, marking her second consecutive all-conference selection. Jones finished her career third in school history in stolen bases with 95. In leading the Yellow Jackets to their third straight ACC regular season title and 10th consecutive NCAA Softball Championship appearance, she hit .342 for the season, which ranked third among her teammates and ninth in the league. Jones had 54 hits on the season with 32 runs. She finished the 2011 campaign with a 1.000 fielding percentage and 46 putouts. A mechanical engineering major, Jones was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Softball Second Team in May.

2011 ALL-ACC ACADEMIC SOFTBALL TEAM

Name Yr. Pos. School Major

Amanda Horowitz Fr. P Boston College Undeclared

Tori Speer &* Fr. OF/1B Boston College Communication

Gemma Ypparila So. 1B Boston College English

Robin Ahrberg @ r-Sr. C/1B Florida State Sport Management

Shayla Jackson * Jr. OF Florida State Criminal Justice

Jen Lapicki @* Sr. C/1B Florida State Sport Management

Jessica Nori r-Fr. P Florida State Business

Lindsey Anderson Fr. P Georgia Tech Management

Shannon Bear @ Jr. UT Georgia Tech Biochemistry

Christy Jones !%* Sr. CF Georgia Tech Mechanical Engineering

Kate Kuzma @ Jr. C/LF Georgia Tech Management

Kristine Priebe * Sr. 1B Georgia Tech Public Policy

Alysha Rudnik * Fr. C Georgia Tech Management

Jessica Sinclair @* Jr. RF Georgia Tech Public Policy

Jessica Weaver @ Sr. C Georgia Tech Management

Kerry Hickey #^* Jr. P Maryland Criminal Justice

Sara Buchholz Fr. P North Carolina Communication Studies

Brittany McKinney # Sr. C/IF North Carolina Communication Studies

Kelli Wheeler @* Jr. OF North Carolina Exercise and Sport Science

Alicia Abbott Sr. 1B/OF NC State Communication

Kayla Cox Fr. P NC State Communication

Bridget Desbois @ Sr. 3B NC State Biological Sciences

Stephanie Harris * Fr. 1B/3B/OF Virginia Nursing

Alison Pittman # Jr. C/OF Virginia Psychology

Alex Skinkis @ So. 2B/SS Virginia Undeclared

Taylor Williams @ So. OF Virginia Media Studies

Dani Anderson * Fr. SS Virginia Tech Biology

Marra Hvozdovic Jr. OF Virginia Tech Management

Courtney Liddle @* So. 1B/C Virginia Tech Art

Richelle McGarva @ Sr. OF Virginia Tech Sociology

Betty Rose So. C Virginia Tech Management

Bkaye Smith So. 2B Virginia Tech Biology

Ashton Ward @ Sr. OF/P Virginia Tech Communication

! denotes 2011 ACC Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year

@ denotes two-time honoree

# denotes three-time honoree

% denotes four-time honoree

^ denotes 2011 ACC Softball Pitcher of the Year

& denotes 2011 ACC Softball Freshman of the Year

* denotes 2010 All-ACC Softball Team member

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