November 8, 2013

Seven Women's Soccer Players Recognized by WCC for Academic Success

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Proving their dominance on the field with a No. 8 national ranking, seven Santa Clara women's soccer players were honored for their work in the classroom as members of the 2013 West Coast Conference All-Academic Team. Senior Morgan Marlborough and redshirt freshman Julie Vass were named to the All-Academic Team while Cali Reis, Ellie Rice, Paige Robertson, Katie Speidel, and Dani Weatherholt were honorable mention. The seven honorees were tied with Portland for the most on the list by one school.

"We are very proud of our seven student-athletes who were honored," said Santa Clara head coach. "The goal of a student-athlete is to succeed on the field and in the classroom. These seven have helped us achieve success in both venues this season."

we are very proyud of our 7 student athletes and the goal of a student athlete is to be good in field and in classroom. These seven have helped us achieve success in both venues.

Marlborough has a 3.401 GPA in Liberal Studies. Marlborough is second on the Broncos with 11 goals, five assists and 27 points. She has recorded three hat tricks in 2013 and has been WCC Player of the Week twice. 

Vass maintains a 3.945 GPA in Mathematics. Vass has appeared in all 17 Santa Clara games while picking up three assists and providing stability in the midfield. 

Reis has a 3.393 GPA in Psychology. Reis has played in 11 games for the Broncos and has played an important role on the back line of the stingy Santa Clara defense. 

Rice has a 3.443 GPA in Psychology. Rice has played 15 games in 2013 while scoring a goal and adding two assists. She has helped anchor a defense that has allowed just 16 goals all season. 

Robertson has a 3.616 GPA in Accounting. Robertson has played in 14 games and attempted six shots with two on goal. She has played all over the field as a key player off the bench.

Speidel has a 3.345 GPA in Political Science. Speidel has scored one goal on the season but it was one of the biggest of the year. She scored the game-winner vs. BYU in Santa Clara's 2-1 victory.

Weatherholt has a 3.367 GPA in Liberal Studies. Weatherholt has scored two goals in 2013 while playing in 17 games. She has been a fixture in the midfield for the Broncos this season.

2013 WEST COAST CONFERENCE WOMEN'S SOCCER ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

Name

School

Class

GPA

Major

Shayda Ansari

Pacific

So.

3.32

Business Administration

Kristine Hilliard

Pepperdine

Jr.

3.92

Business Administration

Ally Holtz

Pepperdine

Jr.

3.90

Pre-Business Administration

Heather Johnson

Gonzaga

So.

3.69

Business

Mackenzie Krieser

San Francisco

Jr.

3.66

Exercise Sports Science

Melinda Madden

Saint Mary's

Sr.

3.53

Biology

Morgan Marlborough

Santa Clara

Sr.

3.40

Liberal Studies

Emily Dillon

San Diego

Sr.

3.73

Biology

Erica Owens

BYU

Sr.

3.71

Exercise & Wellness

Emily Sippel

Portland

Jr.

3.87

Biology

Julie Vass

Santa Clara

So.

3.95

Mathematics

 

2013 WCC WOMEN'S SOCCER ALL-ACADEMIC HONORABLE MENTION

Annie Amos, BYU; Jenni Benger, Loyola Marymount; Jocelyn Blankenship, Loyola Marymount; Sarah Bridges, Portland; Mariah Butera, San Diego; Tyler Campagna, San Francisco; Micaela Capelle, Portland; Sarah Chambers, BYU; Michelle Craft, San Diego; Michelle Cruz, Portland; Erin Dees, Portland; Kristin DeGrandmont, Pepperdine; Haylee DeGrood, Portland; Carolyn Dunn, Loyola Marymount; Emily Eckmann, Gonzaga; Elizabeth Higashino, Pacific; Cricket Harber, Gonzaga; Taylor Housley, San Diego; Paige Hunt, BYU; Tori Lee, Gonzaga; Casidee Lynch, Saint Mary's; Regina Manneh, Pacific; Tawni Martino, Loyola Marymount; Mirella Mattos, Pacific; Jaciara Mello, San Francisco; Marissa Nimmer, BYU; Ellen Parker, Portland; Katey Pennington, Gonzaga; Darien Pyka, Loyola Marymount; Cali Reis, Santa Clara; Ellie Rice, Santa Clara; Paige Robertson, Santa Clara; Vicki Shimkus, Saint Mary's; Katie Speidel, Santa Clara; Dani Weatherholt, Santa Clara