Volleyball's Bach and Hawkins Named to 2010 C-USA All-Academic Team
Nov. 22, 2010
IRVING, Texas - Memphis volleyball players Christine Bach and Altrese Hawkins were honored for their performances in the classroom as well as on the court, as the duo was named to the 2010 Conference USA All-Academic Volleyball Team, as selected by the league's Sports Information Directors.
"I really appreciate the Conference honoring the student-athlete," said Memphis head coach April Jauregui. "It is important to highlight all that these wonderful young ladies contribute to our program, the university and the community. It is not easy to compete daily at a high level and excel in the classroom. They truly are a model of what it means to be a Tiger!"
Five seniors, four juniors and three sophomores make up the 2010 All-Academic squad that consists of student-athletes who have earned a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or better and are a starter or key reserve on their team.
Bach, who has earned C-USA All-Academic honors in all four years of her career, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in international business in May, 2009 and now holds a 3.98 GPA in the MBA program at Memphis. The Dresden, Germany, is a two-time ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV First Team honoree. On the court, Bach leads the Tigers with 445 digs and ranks second all-time at Memphis with 1,743 career digs.
"Christine is an exceptional student, earning her undergraduate and graduate degree in just four-and-a-half years," said Jauregui. "She also was just offered a job position here in Memphis. I know she will continue to excel in whatever she attempts in life. She is a remarkable person whom I am sad to see leave this program."
Hawkins, who earns her first C-USA all-Academic recognition, has been a primary force in the Tigers success in 2010. As the Tiger's top attacking option, Hawkins leads the team and ranks in the league's top-10 in kills (455), kills per set (3.96), attack percentage (.313), points (492.0) and points per set (4.28). The redshirt sophomore holds a 3.68 GPA while double-majoring in Biology and Psychology and pursuing a minor in Spanish.
"Altrese, in just two seasons has proven what a dominant force she can be," Jauregui stated. She has high goals for herself on the court and with her studies. Not only does she maintain a high GPA but she also does volunteer work at local hospitals and in her 'spare' time works in the science research laboratories here at the University of Memphis."
The Memphis tandem is joined on the 2010 All-Academic Team by Marshall senior setter Elizabeth Fleming, who was the team's lone unanimous selection with her 4.0 GPA in International Affairs and minor in French. Rice libero and two-time C-USA Libero of the Year, Tracey Lam and Tulane middle blocker Lindsey Shepard were named to the squad for the third time in their careers. Caitlin Adair and Dana Powell represent SMU on the C-USA All-Academic team for the first time in both their careers. Southern Miss placed two student-athletes on the team as juniors Lauren Sears and Kelsea Seymour were each selected. UAB's Sam Serley earns her first career C-USA All-Academic team recognition with her 3.7 GPA. Rounding out the 2010 C-USA Volleyball All-Academic Team are UCF's Kristin Fisher and Tory McCutcheon.
The 2010 Conference USA All-Academic Volleyball Team is listed below: 2010 C-USA Volleyball All-Academic Team
NAME SCHOOL YEAR GPA MAJOR **Elizabeth Fleming Marshall Sr. 4.00 International Affairs ***Christine Bach Memphis Sr. 3.98 MBA Altrese Hawkins Memphis R-So. 3.68 Biology, Psychology (Minor: Spanish) **Tracey Lam Rice Sr. 3.753 Econ., Asian Studies (Minor: Business) Caitlin Adair SMU Sr. 3.946 Psychology Dana Powell SMU Jr. 3.512 Business, Accounting *Lauren Sears Southern Miss Jr. 4.00 Mathematics Kelsea Seymour Southern Miss Jr. 3.71 Physical Education, Spanish Lindsey Shepard Tulane Sr. 3.884 Biomedical Engineering Sam Serley UAB So. 3.70 Health Science (PreÂÂÂ?]Med) Kristin Fisher UCF Jr. 3.755 Health Sciences Tory McCuthcheon UCF So. 3.979 Biology