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July 16, 2014

VSU’s Albritton advances to finals of Elite 89 contest

Another round, another first-place finish for Valdosta State’s Courtney Albritton.

Albritton, the Blazers’ junior softball standout, was the leading vote-getter in the semifinal round of the NCAA’s Favorite Elite 89 winner contest with 1,483 votes in the two-day semifinal round that included 30 athletes. In the week-long first round, Albritton racked up 1,971 votes to lead the 89-person field.

Now comes a two-day final round that includes 10 members — with Clarkson’s Vanessa Gagnon, National Collegiate women’s ice hockey, with 1,336 votes; Drake’s Alen Salibasic, Division I men’s tennis, with 853 votes; Arkansas’s Andrew Pisechko, DI men’s indoor track and field, with 811; Illinois Wesleyan’s Nick Anderson, Division III men’s basketball, with 788 votes; Trinity’s Emily Jorgens, DIII women’s soccer, with 784 votes; Maryland-Eastern Shore’s Megan Buja, National Collegiate Bowling, with 778 votes; Ohio Northern’s Nathan Rosenbaum, DIII men’s cross country, with 744 votes; Shippensburg’s Lucy Kauffman, Division II field hockey, with 744 votes; Ohio Northern’s Cody Lovejoy, DIII wrestling, with 695 votes, also advancing.

The vote tallies will be reset today when the final round voting begins.

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.

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