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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|
|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**|