2011 All-ACC Academic Softball Team Announced

June 16, 2011

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Georgia Tech senior Christy Jones has been honored as the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, announced today by Commissioner John Swofford. Jones highlights the 2011 All-ACC Academic Softball Team, which includes 12 All-ACC honorees.

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

A four-time All-ACC Academic Team selection, Jones led the league in stolen bases, tallying 33 on the season in 38 attempts. The centerfielder from Wichita, Kan., ranked 21st nationally in the category and was named to the All-ACC Second Team, marking her second consecutive all-conference selection. Jones finished her career third in school history in stolen bases with 95. In leading the Yellow Jackets to their third straight ACC regular season title and 10th consecutive NCAA Softball Championship appearance, she hit .342 for the season, which ranked third among her teammates and ninth in the league. Jones had 54 hits on the season with 32 runs. She finished the 2011 campaign with a 1.000 fielding percentage and 46 putouts. A mechanical engineering major, Jones was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Softball Second Team in May.

Joining Jones as both an All-ACC and All-ACC Academic honoree were teammates Kristine Priebe, Alysha Rudnik and Jessica Sinclair, Tori Speer of Boston College, Shayla Jackson and Jen Lapicki of Florida State, Kerry Hickey of Maryland, Kelli Wheeler of North Carolina, Stephanie Harris of Virginia, and Dani Anderson and Courtney Liddle of Virginia Tech. Hickey, Anderson and Liddle joined NC State's Bridget Desbois and Virginia Tech's Betty Rose in being recognized on the 2011 Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I All-Region Teams.

Three student-athletes collected All-ACC Academic Team selection for the third time in their career, including Hickey, North Carolina's Brittany McKinney and Virginia's Alison Pittman. An additional 13 student-athletes garnered the second honor of their career.

2011 ALL-ACC ACADEMIC SOFTBALL TEAM
Name Yr. Pos. School Major
Amanda Horowitz Fr. P Boston College Undeclared
Tori Speer &* Fr. OF/1B Boston College Communication
Gemma Ypparila Sr. 1B Boston College English / Pre-Med
Robin Ahrberg (2) r-Sr. C/1B Florida State Sport Management
Shayla Jackson * Jr. OF Florida State Criminal Justice
Jen Lapicki (2)* Sr. C/1B Florida State Sport Management
Jessica Nori r-Fr. P Florida State Business
Lindsey Anderson Fr. P Georgia Tech Management
Shannon Bear (2) Jr. UT Georgia Tech Biochemistry
Christy Jones !(4)* Sr. CF Georgia Tech Mechanical Engineering
Kate Kuzma (2) Jr. C/LF Georgia Tech Management
Kristine Priebe * Sr. 1B Georgia Tech Public Policy
Alysha Rudnik * Fr. C Georgia Tech Management
Jessica Sinclair (2)* Jr. RF Georgia Tech Public Policy
Jessica Weaver (2) Sr. C Georgia Tech Management
Kerry Hickey (3)%* Jr. P Maryland Criminal Justice
Sara Buchholz Fr. P North Carolina Communication Studies
Brittany McKinney (3) Sr. C/IF North Carolina Communication Studies
Kelli Wheeler (2)* Jr. OF North Carolina Exercise and Sport Science
Alicia Abbott Sr. 1B/OF NC State Communication
Kayla Cox Fr. P NC State Communication
Bridget Desbois (2) Sr. 3B NC State Biological Sciences
Stephanie Harris * Fr. 1B/3B/OF Virginia Nursing
Alison Pittman (3) Jr. C/OF Virginia Psychology
Alex Skinkis (2) So. 2B/SS Virginia Undeclared
Taylor Williams (2) So. OF Virginia Media Studies
Dani Anderson * Fr. SS Virginia Tech Biology
Marra Hvozdovic Jr. OF Virginia Tech Management
Courtney Liddle (2)* So. 1B/C Virginia Tech Art
Richelle McGarva (2) Sr. OF Virginia Tech Sociology
Betty Rose So. C Virginia Tech Management
Bkaye Smith So. 2B Virginia Tech Biology
Ashton Ward (2) Sr. OF/P Virginia Tech Communication
! denotes 2011 ACC Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year
(x) denotes number of previous All-ACC Academic Team selections
% denotes 2011 ACC Softball Pitcher of the Year
& denotes 2011 ACC Softball Freshman of the Year
* denotes 2011 All-ACC Softball Team member