Conference USA Women's Soccer All-Academic Team Announced
Nov. 5, 2013
IRVING, Texas - Conference USA's commitment to excellence continues to show as 22 student-athletes have been named to the 2013 Conference USA Women's Soccer All-Academic Teams. Middle Tennessee produced four all-academic selections, while Tulsa had three student-athletes honored on the first and second teams.
Five members of the All-Academic first team are maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average, including repeat honoree Tori Martyn of UTEP. Martyn earns her third spot on the C-USA All-Academic Team and has been a three-time recipient of the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal. A kinesiology major, she has started all but two matches played in her Miner career and was named to the 2013 All-Conference second team.
Tulsa seniors Hayley Harryman and Bradi Hinch also both hold a 4.0 GPA. Harryman was named to the first team this season, after earning a spot on the second team a year ago as a psychology major. The goalkeeper has been a key member of the TU squad setting a school record with 12 shutouts this season entering the quarterfinals of the C-USA Championship. Hinch, a religion major, was named to the All-Academic second team her sophomore season. She has a team leading six goals this season, with three game-winners.
Middle Tennessee sophomores Kelsey Branstetter and Tori Hawkins represent the Blue Raiders on the first-team with their perfect 4.0 GPAs. Branstetter is a science major and anchored a MT defense that allowed just 14 goals on the season and eight in conference play. Hawkins was the team's second-leading scorer with 12 points on four goals and four assists. A native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., she is an aerospace and aviation engineering major.
Another repeat selection on the All-Academic team from a year ago is Colorado College junior midfielder Jessie Ayers. A three-time All-Conference USA first-team selection, Ayers earns her spot on the All-Academic First Team with a 3.75 GPA as a history and political science double major. Ayers leads the West Division champion Tigers, and ranks third in the conference, with 10 goals on the season along with a league-best five game-winners.
Charlotte senior goalkeeper Alex Kubrick earns her first selection to the C-USA all-academic first team. However, the public health major with a 3.93 GPA received All-Atlantic 10 academic honors and a place on the All-NSCAA South Region Academic Honorable Mention list a year ago. One of the East Division champion 49er team captains, Kubrick will finish her career among the school's top three for goals-against average, shutouts, victories, games started and minutes played.
Old Dominion senior defender Nikki Clarke played in every match of her Lady Monarch career, while maintaining a 3.78 GPA as a criminal justice and sociology double major and a minor in psychology. She has been a six-time selection to the Dean's List and is an active member of the ODU Student Activities Council.
Southern Miss junior Casey Adkins and sophomores Haley Patsey of East Carolina and Haley Riley of North Texas round out the all-academic first team. Adkins maintains a 3.95 GPA as a pre-nursing major. Patsey and Riley are also in the medical field as biology and psychology majors, respectively.
The 2013 Conference USA Women's Soccer Championship continues Wednesday at Rice's Holloway Field in Houston, Texas. The first quarterfinal match between East Carolina and UTEP starts at 11 a.m. CST. The championship final will be on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. CST and will be televised live on CBS Sports Network. A complete list of the All-Academic winners follows:
2013 CONFERENCE USA WOMEN'S SOCCER ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS
* Repeat Selection