February 18, 2014
Seven Hokies Named to ACC All-Academic Team
Tech tied for most selections in conference

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Seven members of the Virginia Tech women’s soccer team have been named to the 2013 All-Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic Team, as announced by the conference on Tuesday morning.

Seniors Dayle Colpitts and Jazmine Reeves, juniors Shannon Mayrose and Katie Yensen, sophomores Ashley Meier and Jordan Coburn and freshman Murielle Tiernan were all named to the team, tying Virginia Tech with Duke for the most selections of any ACC school.

Colpitts, majoring in biology, turned in the best season of her career in her fourth year as a starter, setting Virginia Tech single-season records for shutouts (11), wins (19) and goals-against-average (0.77), while marshaling the record-setting Hokie defense throughout the year. Colpitts also holds the Virginia Tech career records for shutouts (29), wins (46), GAA (1.15) and minutes (7,329).

Reeves, who is majoring in human resource management, was named a First Team NSCAA All-American, First Team All-ACC performer and a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy while racking up 11 goals and five assists for the Hokies. Last month, she became the first ever Virginia Tech women’s soccer player drafted by the National Women’s Soccer League, when the Boston Breakers selected her as the third pick in the third round.

Mayrose, who is working toward her masters in counselor education, returned from a foot injury midway through the season to give the Hokies a boost in the attacking third. The junior scored three goals in her 16 matches, including tallies against UMBC and Duke during Tech’s NCAA Tournament run. Mayrose also assisted on a pair of goals.

Yensen, majoring in biology, proved crucial in the midfield for Tech this season, scoring seven goals and recording five assists in 26 matches. The junior racked up five game-winners for the Hokies, tied for most on the team, and now has eight in her career, the third-most in Virginia Tech history. The Hokies are also 19-0-0 over her three seasons in matches where she tallies at least one point.

Meier, a human development major, tallied nine goals and two assists in her sophomore campaign for the Hokies en route to Second Team All-ACC honors. She also fired game-winners against High Point and North Texas.

Coburn, who is majoring in communications, helped lead the Hokie backline to its best season in program history. With the sophomore as the only returning starter on defense, Tech surrendered just 22 goals in its 27 matches, an average of just 0.81 per match. Coburn also assisted on three goals, including the game-winner in Tech’s 4-2 win over No.1 Virginia in the ACC Semifinals.

Tiernan, who did well in her first semester on campus, was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team earlier this year and racked up 11 goals in her first year as a Hokie, while firing a team-high 63 shots. She also assisted on five other goals and tallied five game-winners.

“We were very excited to hear the news about these girls’ tremendous achievement,” Head Coach Chugger Adair said. “This just shows the amount of work they put into their academics this year, especially during our best-ever season on the soccer field. We’re extremely proud of these girls, as well as the whole team, for the work they put into the classroom.”

As a team, the Hokies achieved a program-high 3.53 GPA during the fall semester, in the midst of a season that saw them go 19-5-3, earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and reach their first NCAA College Cup.

The All-Academic Team, selected by the conference, included athletes from all 14 ACC schools. With seven representatives, the Hokies are tied with Duke for the most on the team. Florida State earned five selections, while in-state rival Virginia tallied four.

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