GREENSBORO, N.C. – Former Virginia Tech softball players Erin Ota and Jenna Rhodes were named to the 30-member All-ACC Academic Team, ass announced Thursday by the conference office. Georgia Tech senior Whitney Haller was named the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Haller, an industrial engineering major from Marietta, Ga., was also a first-team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American in 2009 and has been an ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient every year of her collegiate career (2005-2009). Additionally, Haller has been honored in the past with two other CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americas.
Haller turned in a career year on the diamond in 2009 as she was tabbed All-America by Easton and was a member of the Lowe’s Senior All-American first-team. She finished in the Top-10 statistical rankings in nine offensive categories, including a conference-leading 55 runs batted-in. She is a four-time All-ACC Academic honoree and became the second Georgia Tech softball player to earn All-ACC accolades four times.
Rhodes was a second-team Academic All-American and a third-team All-American after hitting .474 with 49 stolen bases. She is currently playing for the Rockford Thunder of the NPF. Ota was a four-year starter and batted .272 her final year.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as earned a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
Haller was joined by five of her Yellow Jacket teammates on the All-ACC Academic Softball team as Georgia Tech and Florida State led with six selections apiece. Virginia followed with five picks and North Carolina placed four student-athletes on the team. Boston College landed three players, while Maryland, NC State, and Virginia Tech each had two apiece. All eight ACC softball teams were represented on the 30-member team.
Eleven members of the All-ACC Academic Softball team, including Haller, were also tabbed All-ACC in 2009, and four individuals have made multiple All-ACC teams. A total of 13 players earned All-ACC Academic accolades for the second consecutive season, six for the third consecutive season. Only Haller and teammate Blair Shimandle were four-time honorees.
To be considered for the All-ACC Academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the most recent semester and for their careers.
|Irene Delagrammaticas %||Boston College||So.||Nursing|
|Morgan Kidd||Boston College||Fr.||Finance|
|Danielle Weir||Boston College||So.||Communications|
|Terese Gober %!||Florida State||Jr.||Sport Management|
|Sarah Hamilton !||Florida State||So.||Business-Marketing|
|Kristie McConn||Florida State||So.||Business-Marketing|
|Kaleigh Rafter !||Florida State||Sr.||Criminology|
|Michelle Snyder||Florida State||Sr.||Sport Management|
|Carly Wynn ^@!||Florida State||Jr.||Psychology|
|Shannon Bear||Georgia Tech||Fr.||Biochemistry|
|Whitney Haller &!$||Georgia Tech||Sr.||Industrial Engineering|
|Christy Jones %||Georgia Tech||So.||Mechanical Engineering|
|Blair Shimandle &!||Georgia Tech||Sr.||International Affairs|
|Kelsi Weseman !||Georgia Tech||Fr.||Mechanical Engineering|
|Jennifer Yee %!||Georgia Tech||Jr.||Materials Science & Engineering|
|Devon Williams %||Maryland||Sr.||Marketing|
|Breanna Brown ^!#||North Carolina||Sr.||Communication Studies/Psychology|
|Brittany McKinney !||North Carolina||So.||Communication Studies|
|Anna Roberts||North Carolina||Jr.||Business Administration|
|Emily Troup %||North Carolina||Sr.||Exercise and Sport Science/Psychology|
|Bridget Desbois||NC State||So.||Biological Sciences|
|Allison Presnell ^||NC State||Jr.||Biomedical Engineering|
|Karla Wilburn %||Virginia||Sr.||Education|
|Carly Winger||Virginia||Sr.||Foreign Affairs|
|Erin Ota ^||Virginia Tech||Sr.||Architecture|
|Jenna Rhodes ^!@||Virginia Tech||Sr.||Sociology|
|2009 ACC Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Whitney Haller, Georgia Tech|
|&Four-time All-ACC Academic honoree|
|^Three-time All-ACC Academic honoree|
|%Two-time All-ACC Academic honoree|