Dec. 17, 2013
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Thirty-one Western Carolina student-athletes earned spots on the Academic All-Southern Conference Team for the 2013 fall semester, the league office announced Monday.
To be eligible, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA entering the fall season and were required to compete in at least one-half of their teams' competitions during the recently concluded fall campaign. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in the previous two semesters.
Western Carolina volleyball's sophomore libero Elyssa Mulheronmaintained perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average.
With one fewer school in the league than last season, the 11 SoCon schools combined for 25 more honorees than last fall, with 329 student-athletes earning the distinction.
That total is the second-most in league history, trailing only the 2010 fall season, which saw 345 student-athletes take the honor. Each of this year's 11 institutions had at least 22 honorees, representing the sports of football, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer and volleyball.The league's 12 women's soccer programs provided the most academic all-conference members with 79, followed by football with 58 and women's cross country with 51.
The league's 11 women's soccer programs provided the most academic all-conference members with 93, followed by football with 62 and women's cross country with 55.
Among member institutions, Appalachian State led all schools with 39 members on the academic all-conference team. Elon was second with 36, followed closely by Wofford with 35.