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Eleven soccer players named to Pac-10's All-Academic Team

November 23, 2009

Eleven members of the Arizona State women's soccer program earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors, according to an announcement by the conference office.

Included among the 11 players, which tied with three other schools for most in the Pac-10, were three first-team members - senior Liz Harkin and juniors Alexandra Elston and Lindsey Johns - and three second-team members - senior Carly Kallas and sophomores Jessie Richardson and Katie Shepard.

Harkin, who holds 3.82 GPA in biology & society, was named to the first team for the third consecutive season while Elston (3.92 GPA/speech and hearing) earned first-team recognition for the second time in as many years. Johns previously earned honorable mention honors in 2007. ASU's three first-team honorees were the most of any team in the conference while its combined six first- and second-team honorees were also the most in the conference. ASU's nine first-team honorees over the last three years are the most of any school in the Pac-10 during that span.

Kallas (3.66 GPA/elementary education) was named to the second team after earning honorable mention kudos each of the last two seasons. Richardson (3.68 GPA/secondary education) also earned honorable mention notice last season while Shepard earned second-team honors this season in her first season of eligibility for the Pac-10 All-Academic Team.

The Sun Devils also had five student-athletes named to the honorable mention list: Senior Briana Silvestri (third consecutive season), juniors Jill Shoquist (second consecutive season) and Karin Volpe (second consecutive season), sophomore Kari Shane and redshirt freshman Courtney Tinnin who were both named to the list in their first year of eligibility.

To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor to the team.