2014 All-ACC Academic Softball Team Announced


Boston College’s Tory Speer Named Scholar-Athlete of the Year

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Boston College senior Tory Speer has been named the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Scholar Athlete of the Year and headlines the 2014 All-ACC Academic Softball team, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.

A communications major from Trabuco Canyon, California, Speer was a All-ACC Second Team selection this past season, as she had a .355 batting average, 12 home runs, 48 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .717. Speer was a recipient of the ACC Postgraduate Scholarship and was a four-year recipient of the Athletic Director’s Award for Academic Achievement. Speer, a catcher, started all 53 games during the 2014 campaign and was a NFCA Mid-Atlantic Second Team selection.

Each of the ACC’s 11 schools that support softball is represented on this year’s All-ACC Academic Team, led by Virginia Tech with six representatives. Florida State, which represented the ACC at the 2014 Women’s College World Series, had four honorees, followed by Boston College, North Carolina, NC State and Notre Dame with three each. Georgia Tech, Syracuse and Virginia had two representatives apiece, while Maryland and Pitt rounded out the field with one each.

Four student-athletes, Florida State’s Jessica Nori, Georgia Tech’s Alysha Rudnik, Virginia Tech’s Dani Anderson and Speer, were named to the All-ACC Academic Team for the fourth time. A total of nine student-athletes were recognized for the third time.

The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.

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

2014 ACC Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Tory Speer, Boston College
2014 All-ACC Academic Softball Team
Megan Cooley (2) So. Boston College Economics & Political Science
Nicole D'Argento Gr. Boston College Administrative Studies
Tory Speer (4) Sr. Boston College Communications
Kelly Hensley (3) Sr. Florida State Exercise Science
Jessica Nori (4) Sr. Florida State Business-Entrepreneurship,
Professional Sales & Marketing
Bailey Schinella (3) Jr. Florida State Business-Accounting
Lacey Waldrop Jr. Florida State Editing, Writing & Media
Hayley Downs (3) Sr. Georgia Tech Business Administration
Alysha Rudnik (4) Sr. Georgia Tech Business Administration
Shannon Bustillos (3) Jr. Maryland Criminiology & Criminal Justice
Kristen Brown So. North Carolina Exercise and Sport Science
Jenna Kelly (2) So. North Carolina Biology
Lori Spingola (2) Sr. North Carolina Journalism - Public Relations
Kirsten Grant (3) Sr. NC State Biological Sciences
Lana Van Dyken So. NC State Biological Sciences
Emily Weiman (3) Jr. NC State Sport Management
Katey Haus Jr. Notre Dame Management Consulting
Jenna Simon Jr. Notre Dame IT Management
Cassidy Whidden Jr. Notre Dame Film, Television and Theatre/History
Carly Thea Jr. Pitt Communications
Shirley Daniels Sr. Syracuse Supply Chain Management
Julie Wambold Jr. Syracuse Child & Family Studies
Marcy Bowdren (3) Sr. Virginia Elementary Education
Stephanie Harris (2) Sr. Virginia Nursing
Dani Anderson (4) Sr. Virginia Tech Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise
Vanessa Gonzalez Fr. Virginia Tech Human Development
Kelly Heinz So. Virginia Tech Management
Kylie McGoldrick (3) Jr. Virginia Tech Marketing
Katey Smith So. Virginia Tech Mechanical Engineering
Maggie Tyler So. Virginia Tech Communications
**Numbers in parentheses indicate times selected during career**