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Memphis Leads C-USA With Four Sport Academic Awards

Lee Taylor Walker's women's tennis team posted the highest GPA among all sports in the conference with a 3.695.
Lee Taylor Walker's women's tennis team posted the highest GPA among all sports in the conference with a 3.695.

July 25, 2013

IRVING, Texas - Four University of Memphis teams earned Conference USA Sport Academic Awards for the 2012-13 academic year to lead all C-USA institutions, the league announced Thursday. All four squads were also repeat selections including one team that won their fourth-straight academic honor and two teams that won their third-straight award.

The Sport Academic Award is given to the team in each conference-sponsored sport with the highest GPA for the academic year. Memphis produced four different teams with the highest GPA for their respective sports, while Rice and Tulsa had three apiece.

Baseball, men's cross country, men's golf and women's tennis were the four Memphis squads that were recognized for their achievements in the classroom. Baseball earned the honor for the fourth-straight year while men's cross country and men's golf received the award for the third-straight season. Women's tennis notched their second-straight academic accolade.

The women's tennis team led all sports with the highest GPA in the conference with a 3.695. Former Lady Tiger Courtney Collins received her third all-academic team honor this season as well as being named C-USA Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second-straight year. Collins maintained a 3.69 GPA in her first year pursuing a master's degree in exercise and sports science. In addition to Collins, six other Lady Tigers (Kelly Gray, Alyssa Hibberd, Skylar Kuykendall, Stefanie Mikesz, Liza Tymchenko, Tiffany Welcher) posted a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher for the 2012-13 academic year to be selected to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Collins, Gray, Hibberd and Welcher were also named C-USA Academic Medalists for having a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher.

Men's cross country sported a 3.587 GPA to pick up their third-straight conference academic award. Austin Carter, Fabian Fiege, Aidan Galasso, Keanan Joyner, Brandon Keys, Dan Kuhman, James Maglasang, Justin Pinkston, Jeremy Rice, Trent Scott, Phil Scruggs, Stephen Tankersley and Julien Wolf were named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2013. Fiege, Galasso, Joyner, Keys, Scott, Tankersley and Wolf were also honored with the C-USA Academic Medal.

The men's golf team also captured their third-straight C-USA sport academic award with a 3.442 team GPA, the highest in those three years. Redshirt junior Grant Milner was named the C-USA Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year after carrying a 3.68 GPA in journalism-news and was selected to the league's all-academic team. Milner, Steve Lee and Will Pearson were recently named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars for maintaining at least a 3.2 GPA, competing in 50 percent of the team's competitive rounds and having a stroke average under 76.0 this season. In addition to Lee, Milner and Pearson, Carlson Cox, Cory Gaylord, Lexus Keoninh, John Luke Tyner and Erwan Vieilledent were named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll. Keoninh, Milner and Tyner were also tabbed C-USA Academic Medalists.

Baseball finished the 2012-13 academic year with a 3.173 team GPA as 26 players were named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and four (Ethan Gross, Nate Rupiper, Tucker Tubbs, Zach Willis) being selected as Academic Medalists. The Tigers led C-USA this season with four all-academic team selections with Gross, Tubbs, Willis and Sam Moll earning the distinction for Memphis. Tubbs led the Tigers with a 3.9 GPA in accounting while Gross (supply chain management) and Willis (accounting) sported 3.88 GPAs. Moll finished the year with a 3.71 GPA in accounting and was named C-USA Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Sport Recipient (*repeat winner) GPA
Baseball - **Memphis, 3.173
Men's Basketball - **Rice, 3.040
Women's Basketball - *East Carolina, 3.396
Men's Cross Country - **Memphis, 3.587
Women's Cross Country - Rice, 3.651
Football - *UCF, 3.024
Men's Golf - **Memphis, 3.442
Women's Golf - UTEP, 3.663
Women's Rowing - # West Virginia, 3.417
Men's Soccer - # *South Carolina, 3.540
Women's Soccer - Tulsa, 3.500
Softball - *Houston, 3.530
Women's Swimming - *East Carolina, 3.520
Men's Tennis - Tulsa, 3.440
Women's Tennis - *Memphis, 3.695
Men's Track and Field - Rice, 3.159
Women's Track and Field - Tulsa, 3.480
Volleyball - Tulane, 3.563
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