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UCA leads SLC in fall honor roll athletes

Posted: January 16, 2014 - 8:35pm

The University of Central Arkansas placed a league-high 113 athletes on the 2013 Southland Conference Fall Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.

UCA had 24 student-athletes with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average for the fall semester, which was also tops in the league.

“We are very proud and honored to once again lead the Southland Conference in placing student-athletes on the Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll,” said Dr. Brad Teague, UCA director of athletics. “This proves that we are not only winning on the fields and courts at UCA, but also in the classroom. It is a credit to our coaches, faculty, administrators and most importantly our outstanding student-athletes.”

The SLC Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll acknowledges participants in all sports sponsored by the league and its member institutions. The honor roll recognizes athletes who maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA for the qualifying semester. Athletes, nominated by their respective academic advisors, must have been eligible to compete in a conference sport during the academic year in which the nomination occurs.

Marissa Collins, a senior setter on the volleyball team, helped the Sugar Bears to its second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance after winning the conference tournament again.

Collins, who posted a 3.75 in family and consumer science, was named the SLC Volleyball Player and Setter of the Year, becoming the first player in conference history to do so in the same season.

She is also the league’s first three-time recipient of the setter of the year award.

Freshman Brooke Cassar was the Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year after winning the individual title at the SLC championships. Cassar, from Woonona, New South Wales, Australia, had a 4.0 GPA in the fall semester.

Leading the Bears on the football field was junior tight end Joe Carmical of Monticello, who posted a 4.0 in insurance and risk management. Carmical helped the Bears to a 7-5 overall record and earned a spot on the 2013 Southland All-Academic team.

UCA’s other 4.0 sathletes included: Trey Carter, Al Maeder, Jacob Luckett, Kenneth Stice and Grant Williams (men’s cross country); Brigette Caruthers, Jordan Chadwick, Abbie Linna, Madison Sewell and Elizabeth Wertz (women’s cross country); Ryan Howard and Wynrick Smothers (football); Alexa Herbers, Cassie Lange, Dominique O’Shea, Vanessa Randall and Emma Reed (women’s soccer); and Scout Brooks, Kyle Hartman and Beth Rogers (volleyball).

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