Four From @ACCWSoccer Named Academic All-America


Kallman, Tucker and Bledsoe earn repeat honors

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – Four Atlantic Coast Conference women’s soccer student-athletes have been honored for their work in the classroom along with their success on the field as Florida State’s Kassey Kallman, North Carolina’s Caitlin Ball, Notre Dame’s Elizabeth Tucker and Wake Forest’s Aubrey Bledsoe each were selected to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Women’s Soccer Team. Tucker and Ball were selected to the first team and Kallman and Bledsoe earned second team honors.

Ball, the only junior selected to the first team, is a three year starter for the Tar Heels and owns a 3.88 grade point average as a journalism and political science major. The defender from Chapel Hill, N.C., earned the 2012 NCAA Elite 89 Award as part of Carolina’s national championship squad. She has helped the 2013 squad to a 20-4-0 record and berth in the NCAA Championship Quarterfinals.

Tucker, an accounting major with a perfect 4.00 GPA, is a 2013 Rhodes Scholarship candidate at Notre Dame. Tucker helped the Fighting Irish to a 13-8-1 mark and a spot in the third round of the NCAA Championship. The defender from Jacksonville, Fla., finished the season with 11 points on four goals and three assists. It is Tucker’s second straight Academic All-America honor. 

Wake Forest’s most decorated goalkeeper in program history, Bledsoe finished her career atop several Demon Deacon career lists, including starts (94), minutes (8,697:09), shutouts (33) and goals against average (0.91). She led the Demon Deacons to a 12-7-2 mark and a berth in the third round of the NCAA Championship. The two-time Academic All-American owns a 3.92 GPA as a health and exercise science major.

Kallman, the 2013 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and ACC Championship Most Valuable Player, earned Academic All-America honors for the second straight season with a 3.81 GPA in business management. Kallman has led the Seminoles to a 21-1-3 overall record and a spot in the NCAA Championship Quarterfinals.