Strnadova, Bakker Garner NSCAA/adidas Women's Scholar All-America Team Honors
Dec. 18, 2009
Memphis, Tenn.- For the first time in program history, the University of Memphis women's soccer program had two student-athletes recognized as National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Women's College Scholar All-America Team honorees.
Junior midfielder Vendula Strnadova and junior defender Kelsey Bakker receive the second team All-America honors to add to the many awards accumulated over the offseason for the three-time defending C-USA Champions.
"I think these awards speak volumes about this program" head coach Brooks Monaghan said. "For these athletes to win championships and get it done in the classroom as well speaks to their character. These athletes are definitely student-athletes and it is great to see them get not only the athletic awards, but the academic awards because that is ultimately why they are here."
Strnadova has a 3.98 cumulative grade point average, while majoring in Exercise and Sport Sciences. Earlier this season, Strnadova was selected to the third team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America selection and was a first team All-District IV selection.
The Las Cruces, N.M. native, started all 23 matches for the Lady Tigers this season. She posted five goals and four assists this season and is a key factor in Memphis' three-straight C-USA Championships. A first team All-C-USA selection, Strnadova garnered first team C-USA All-Academic team honors this year.
Bakker garnered All-C-USA first team and C-USA Defensive Player of the Year honors this season and played a vital role for the Lady Tiger defensive back line that has posted a school record 12 shutouts this season. The Kennewick, Wash. native, has a 3.92 grade point average as an accounting student with a minor in marketing management and is a . Bakker was a second team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV selection.
"We are fortunate to have these athletes be a part of the program," Monaghan said. "Not only are they big time athletes, they are big time student-athletes. They have been a big part of this program in so many ways and they are very deserving of the awards they get."
To be nominated for consideration, student-athletes must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout their career; start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team; be nominated by an institution that is a current NSCAA College Services member; be a junior or above in academic standing at the current institution and either be in their second year at the current school if a transfer student.
Bakker and Strnadova will have the opportunity to travel to the annual All-America Luncheon, held in Philadelphia, Pa., on Jan. 16 as part of the 2010 NSCAA Convention.