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Benavidez Named Student-Athlete of the Year
Courtesy: GoBearkats.com
Release: 06/18/2013
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Sam Houston State senior Tori Benavidez has been named the Southland Conference Softball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league office announced Tuesday in conjunction with the release of the All-Academic Softball Teams.

Benavidez, a native of Midlothian, Texas (Midlothian H.S.), graduated with a 3.50 grade-point average in general business and is the first softball student-athlete of the year from Sam Houston State.

The Bearkat outfielder was named the conference’s player and hitter of the year after leading the league in runs scored (51), total hits (52), total bases (117), stolen bases (22) and ranking second in batting average (.406) and at bats (202).

The first-team all-conference selection was named to the NCAA Central All-Region team and finished her career ranked second all-time at Sam Houston State in batting average (.358). Benavidez earned all-tournament honors after leading the Bearkats to the championship game of the Southland tournament.

Benavidez, a Sam Houston Dean’s List student, is the softball team representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Sam Houston State led all schools with six student-athletes on the all-academic teams followed by Northwestern State with five and McNeese State with four. Central Arkansas had three members while Houston Baptist and Southeastern Louisiana both had two. Nicholls State and Stephen F. Austin had one apiece.

Ashley Isbell and Alyssa Coggins join Benavidez on the first team while Kim Damian, Shelby Lancaster and Jessica Slater are members of the second team.

The student-athlete of the year, selected by the league’s awards committee, will have attained athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution, possess at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and demonstrated extracurricular service at her campus and or community.

The all-academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic/compliance administrators from each Southland university. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for the all-academic squad.

2013 Southland Conference Softball All-Academic Teams

First Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

University

Class

Hometown

GPA

Major

Tori Benavidez^,1,3

Sam Houston State

Sr.

Midlothian, Texas

3.50

General Business

Melissa Bryant1,3

Central Arkansas

Sr.

Hernando, Miss.

3.70

Nursing

Elizabeth Arana1,2

Stephen F. Austin

Jr.

The Woodlands, Texas

4.00

Kinesiology

Alanna DiVittorio1,2

McNeese State

Jr.

Harahan, La.

3.84

Civil Engineering

Brianna Rodriguez1

Northwestern State

Jr.

Rowlett, Texas

3.49

Psychology/Addiction Studies

Victoria Granchelli1

Houston Baptist

So.

McAllen, Texas

3.35

Kinesiology

Meagan Bond1

McNeese State

Sr.

Lumberton, Miss.

3.13

Exercise Science

Kylie Roos2

Northwestern State

Sr.

Celina, Texas

3.45

Industrial Engineering Tech

Ashley Bertot

Nicholls State

Sr.

League City, Texas

3.90

Accounting

Ashley Isbell

Sam Houston State

Gr.

Katy, Texas

4.00

Kinesiology

Tara McKenney2

Northwestern State

Jr.

Red Oak, Texas

3.32

Communications

Alyssa Coggins2

Sam Houston State

Jr.

Sealy, Texas

3.75

General Business

         

 

Second Team

 

 

 

 

 

Name

University

Class

Hometown

GPA

Major

Brittany Virgoe

Northwestern State

So.

Anaheim, Calif.

3.81

Nursing/Psychology

Melissa Herman

Houston Baptist

So.

Katy, Texas

3.79

Business

Kim Damian

Sam Houston State

Sr.

Angleton, Texas

3.18

Interdisciplinary Studies

Kelsey Nichols2

Southeastern La.

Sr.

Alvin, Texas

3.27

Family and Consumer Sciences

Katie Roux2

McNeese State

Jr.

Denham Springs, La.

4.00

Health Education

Shelby Lancaster

Sam Houston State

Jr.

Tomball, Texas

3.45

Kinesiology

Ashley Boswell

Central Arkansas

So.

Tahlequah, Okla.

3.60

Health Sci. – Physical Therapy

Lauren Langner

McNeese State

So.

Pearland, Texas

3.50

General Studies

Jessica Slater

Sam Houston State

So.

Katy, Texas

3.59

Interdisciplinary Studies

Megan McCollum2

Southeastern La.

Jr.

Lafayette, La.

3.63

Kinesiology

Cali Burke

Northwestern State

Jr.

Mesquite, Texas

3.36

Psychology/Addiction Studies

Melanie Bryant3

Central Arkansas

Sr.

Hernando, Miss.

3.30

Nursing

                 

^2013 Southland Softball Student-Athlete of the Year

1Automatic Selection

2Two-time all-academic selection

3Three-time all-academic selection

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