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May 30, 2013

VSU Blazers earn GSC All-Academic

VALDOSTA — Nine Valdosta State Blazers from Spring sports earned Gulf South Conference All-Academic honors in a vote of the league Faculty Athletic Reps and Sports Information Directors, as announced by the league office Tuesday.

Five of the nine players were unanimous selections to their sports All-Academic team, including three from softball, led by the GSC's reigning female Commissioner's Trophy winner Morgan Johnson. Johnson batted .374 and had 49 runs batted in for the Blazer softball team and owned a 3.69 grade point average as a Nursing major. She was joined as a unanimous choice by sister Fran Johnson, who has a 4.00 GPA in Chemistry. Fran batted .310 during the Blazers' South Region championship season and scored 42 runs. The final softball unanimous choice was GSC Player of Year Courtney Albritton. Albritton, a sophomore along with Fran Johnson, batted .417 and scored 77 runs while driving in 57 more.

Two more softball players also garnered All-Academic honors as Brianna Hancock and Ashley Steinhilber also earned the honor. Hancock had a record of 20-5 on the season and a 3.83 GPA as an Accounting major while Steinhilber batted .354 with 38 runs driven in while holding a 3.59 GPA in Biology.

Men's and Women's Tennis also tallied one unanimous choice selection. Konstantin Kutschenko made it for the third straight year after also earning All-GSC honors this year. Kutschenko recently graduated with a 3.75 grade point average in Psychology.

On the women's side, Michelle Fischer, who was also an All-Academic selection last year and was recognized as All-GSC this season, was also a unanimous choice as she has a 3.91 GPA in Psychology. She was joined on the Women's Tennis team by Alina Nagel, who has a 3.77 in International Business.

The final Valdosta State honoree was golfer Nate Anderson. Anderson led Valdosta State with 74.8 strokes per round average and had a 3.33 GPA as in Accounting.

In order to receive All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must have a 3.20 grade point average for the academic career, be at least a sophomore and in their second year at their respective University, and be a significant contributor to their team.

In addition to the nine All-Academic team honorees, Valdosta State also had 37 Spring student-athletes earn GSC Honor Roll for having a 3.00 GPA or higher. The group included 15 from softball, seven from baseball, six from women's tennis, six from men's tennis and three from golf.

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