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June 23, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Miami senior Bianca Eichkorn has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second straight season and heads up the sport’s 2011 All-ACC Academic Team, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.
Eichkorn, a native of Tengen, Germany, was earlier named the ACC Player of the Year after going unbeaten in conference singles play, with all but one of those wins coming in straight sets. Eichkorn closed her career with a 38-3 overall record in ACC matches, including wins in her final 21 matches against league opposition. An All-American at singles and doubles and the winningest singles player in Miami school history, Eichkorn finished the season ranked No. 5 nationally in singles play and teamed with Anna Bartenstein for a No. 4 ranking in doubles.
Academically, Eichkorn is a six-time member of the Dean’s List and has been named to the UM Provost’s Honor Roll three times. The international finance and marketing major is an eight-time member of Miami’s Athletic Director Honor Roll and has earned ACC Academic Honor Roll recognition three times.
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 minimum 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
The 2011 All-ACC Academic Women’s Tennis Team features six student athletes who also earned All-America honors this season – Miami’s Eichkorn and Bartenstein, North Carolina’s Zoe De Bruycker, Shinann Featherston and Lauren McHale, and Virginia’ Lindsey Hardenbergh.
The All-ACC Academic Team also includes 12 student-athletes who were All-ACC selections and 14 that have earned All-ACC Academic honors on at least one previous occasion. Eichkorn, Duke’s Reka Zsilinszka and Florida State’s Katie Rybakova were each named to the team for the fourth time.
To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.0 cumulative average during her academic career.
|2011 All-ACC Academic Women’s Tennis Team|
|Katarina Gajic, Boston College||Jr.||Economics|
|Caroline Magnusson, Clemson||So.||Pre-Business|
|**Ellah Nze, Duke||Sr.||History|
|**Elizabeth Plotkin, Duke||Sr.||History & Political Science|
|****Reka Zsilinszka, Duke||Sr.||History|
|****Katie Rybakova, Florida State||Sr.||English Education|
|**Noemie Scharle, Florida State||So.||Hospitality Management|
|Federica Suess, Florida State||Sr.||Hospitality Management|
|**Lynn Blau, Georgia Tech||Jr.||Industrial Engineering|
|Caroline Lilley, Georgia Tech||Jr.||Management|
|Viet Ha (Christina) Ngo, Georgia Tech||Jr.||Economics & International Affairs|
|Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, Maryland||Jr.||Letters & Sciences|
|Jordaan Sanford, Maryland||Fr.||Letters & Sciences|
|**Anna Bartenstein, Miami||Jr.||Marketing|
|****Bianca Eichkorn, Miami||Sr.||International Finance & Marketing|
|**Gabriela Mejia, Miami||Jr.||International Finance & Marketing|
|**Zoe De Bruycker, North Carolina||So.||Business Administration|
|**Shinann Featherston, North Carolina||Jr.||Exercise & Sports Science|
|Lauren McHale, North Carolina||So.||Journalism & Mass Communication|
|Sanaa Bhambri, NC State||Gr.||Business Administration|
|**Sandhya Nagaraj, NC State||Jr.||Sport Management|
|Emily Fraser, Virginia||Jr.||Kinesiology|
|**Lindsey Hardenbergh, Virginia||Jr.||Spanish|
|Caryssa Peretz, Virginia||Fr.||Undeclared|
|***Martha Blakely, Virginia Tech||Jr.||Chemistry & Biochemistry|
|Yasmin Hamza, Virginia Tech||Sr.||Interior Design|
|**Martina Pavelec, Wake Forest||Sr.||Economics & Communication|
|ACC Women’s Tennis 2011 Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Bianca Eichkorn, Miami|
|** Repeat All-ACC Academic Team Selection|
|***Three-time All-ACC Academic Team Selection|
|**** Four-time All-ACC Academic Team Selection|