Ota, Rhodes named to All-ACC Academic Softball Team
    Georgia Tech's Haller named Scholar-Athlete of the Year
    August 6, 2009

    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.

    Name School Class Major
    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
    Christina Lau Maryland Jr. Kinesiology
    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
    Alison Pittman Virginia So. Undeclared
    Casey Steffan Virginia Sr. Government
    Sarah Tacke Virginia Sr. Biology
    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
    !2009 All-ACC
    $Four-time All-ACC
    #Three-time All-ACC
    @Two-time All-ACC

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