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July 14, 2014

Albritton in first place after opening round of Elite 89 voting

Already possessing three Gulf South Conference Player of the Year awards and All-American accolades in addition to winning the NCAA Elite 89 award and the GSC Commissioner’s Trophy, Courtney Albritton is looking to add some more hardware to her trophy case.

The Valdosta State junior softball star received 1,971 votes in the first round of the NCAA’s Favorite Elite 89 Winner contest, securing a spot in the semifinal round after leading the first-round voting.

"I am pleasantly surprised by the amount of support this week," Albritton said in a release. "I knew the Blazer community was behind the softball team during our season, but it really shows the family dynamic of Blazer Nation when there is such a huge display of support during the offseason. I am extremely blessed to call myself a Blazer!"

The Elite 89 award is presented annually to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 89 championships. Albritton, who set GSC career marks for home runs and total bases with one season remaining, also stars off the diamond as she has a 4.00 GPA as a middle grades education major.

While proud of her accomplishments with the VSU softball team, the soft-spoken Albritton also values her work in the classroom.

"In the classroom, I am preparing to educate others and encourage them to be successful,” she added in the release. “I am blessed to have the opportunity to both play at and attend Valdosta State University. Hopefully, I will someday be able to use experiences like this one to inspire my students."

The second round of voting began Monday and runs through 8 p.m. today when the 30 semifinalists will be cut down to 10 finalists. Final round voting will take place Wednesday and Thursday. Albritton regained her place as the vote leader — the vote tallies were reset after the first round — with 390 votes as of 3 p.m. Monday. Voting can be done at http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/honoring-achievement-and-field-0?elinkdata=28690.

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