SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Three hundred and twenty student-athletes earned spots on the Fall 2017 Academic All-Southern Conference Team, the league office announced Tuesday.
Each of the SoCon’s 10 institutions had at least 14 honorees, representing the sports of men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball.
To be eligible for the academic all-conference team, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.3 cumulative grade-point average at the conclusion of the fall semester and were required to compete in at least one-half of their teams’ competitions during the recently concluded campaign. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least three semesters at their institutions, making true freshmen and first-year transfers ineligible for inclusion.
Fifteen student-athletes have maintained perfect 4.0 cumulative GPAs, including: The Citadel’s Will Braddock (men’s cross country); ETSU’s Macy Carrier (women’s cross country); UNCG’s Kelsey Barrett (women’s cross country), Kaitlyn Stone (women’s cross country), Ashton Duty (women’s soccer), Kaley Tucker (women’s soccer) and Katie Wagner (volleyball); Chattanooga’s Abby Bateman (women’s cross country) and Julia Henderson (women’s cross country); Western Carolina’s Tanner Poindexter (football), Daniel Riddle (football), Deyana Walker (women’s soccer) and Emily Zipay (women’s soccer); and Wofford’s Katie Beuerlein (women’s soccer) and Catie Cronister (volleyball).
The league’s 10 women’s soccer teams led the way with 83 academic all-conference selections, while the nine football schools were second with 81 and the 10 women's cross country teams and nine volleyball programs were tied for third with 46.
ETSU led all schools with 46 members on the academic all-conference team, while Mercer was second with 42 and Wofford was third with 41.