UAM Softball 5th In NFCA Academic Rankings

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UAM Sports Information

MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s softball team posted an combined gradepoint average of 3.54 during the 2013-14 year to rank fifth in the nation among all NCAA Division II squads, recently announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Sports reflection 10db

“Doing well academically is something that I personally have stressed to my student-athletes for many years,” said head softball coach Alvy Early. “Our performance over the past 15 years in softball speaks volumes for the dedication the players have demonstrated in meeting their obligations within the softball program both athletically and academically.”

In addition to ranking fifth nationally as a team, 11 UAM softball players were recognized as NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes with GPAs at or above 3.50.

– Courtney Wilson, Nursing (graduated)
– Beth Johnson, Exercise Science (graduated)
– Brittany Eitel, Marketing (graduated)
– Sara Matthews, Exercise Science (will graduate December 2014)
– Channing Tharpe, Exercise Science (will graduate May 2015)
– McKenzie Rice, Nursing (Sophomore)
– Sydney Tipton, Exercise Science (Senior)
– Lacy Blanchard, Exercise Science (Senior)
– Katie Koen, Biology/Chemistry (Sophomore)
– Briana Daugherty, Exercise Science (Senior)
– Allison Stipes, Exercise Science (Sophomore)

“I’m really pleased to see UAM in the top five nationally in the NFCA standings,” said Early. “Not just softball, but we are improving as a department in our academic awareness. I know the coaches on staff now and our Director of Athletics, Chris Ratcliff, are all working on assisting their players understand the importance and place academics have in the total scheme once they commit to becoming a Weevil or Blossom. “


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