February 12, 2009
Five Hokies named Academic All-ACC
Chidester, Harvey, Hickey, Jukich and Puglisi represent Tech

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia Tech women’s soccer players Robin Chidester, Jennifer Harvey, Kim Hickey, Emily Jukich and Laurie Beth Puglisi have been named to the 2008 All-ACC Academic Team as announced by the league on Wed., Feb. 11. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.0 cumulative average during her academic career.

North Carolina’s Yael Averbuch was named ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second consectuive season, while all 11 conference schools that compete in women’s soccer were represented on the team. The list includes six student-athletes that were named first-, second- or third-team All-America, four All-ACC first-team selections, seven players who were named to the All-ACC second-team and three that were named to the ACC All-Freshman team. The honorees also include a number of players who received national or regional academic honors.

Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA National Champion North Carolina led all conference schools with seven selections, followed closely by Duke with six honorees. Tech and Miami each had five players named to the team, while Florida State and Boston College had four recipients apiece.

With five honorees, 2008 marked the first season in which Tech has had more than four players selected Academic All-ACC. Puglisi (Sr., Arlington, Va.) is making her third appearance on the squad, joining Ashley Kinser and Heather Hallberg as the only Hokies to earn the honor in three consecutive seasons. Chidester (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.), Harvey (So., Roanoke, Va.), Hickey (Sr., Richboro, Pa.) and Jukich (Jr., Clifton, Va.) all earned Academic All-ACC accolades for the first time in their respective careers.

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