Dukes, Nieves named to C-USA All-Academic Team

Both maintain a 3.80 GPA or greater

May 8, 2014 · @MTAthletics

IRVING, Texas - Samantha Nieves and Laura Dukes have been named to the 2014 Conference USA Softball All-Academic Team as announced by the conference office Thursday.

The honor marks the second time this year that Dukes has earned an academic honor. She was selected to the Capital One Academic District 3 First Team May 1. The junior catcher also was named first-team All-Conference USA Wednesday.

Dukes owns a 3.81 cumulative GPA as an organizational communications major. She led MT in eight different offensive categories this season and was named a 2014 Conference USA Academic Medal winner and a 2013 NFCA All-Academic Scholar along with Nieves.

Nieves , a junior from Covina, California, is an animal science major and has maintained a 3.821 GPA. She is one of four Blue Raiders to have started all 55 games this season. The California native garnered the 2014 C-USA Academic Medal and was a 2013 NFCA All-Academic Scholar.

On the field, Nieves led the Blue Raiders in assists (134) and sacrifice hits (11). She also was 5-for-5 on stolen base attempts and registered a team-low 15 strikeouts, while managing to tie for the team lead in at bats with 182.

2014 Conference USA Softball All-Academic Team 

Lexi Betancourt - Charlotte, RSo., Garner, N.C. - 3.837 GPA, exercise science
Jill Jelnick** - East Carolina, Sr., Alison Viejo, Calif. - 4.0 GPA, English
Corinne Jenkins - FIU, So., Sarasota, Fla. - 3.74 GPA, psychology
Laura Dukes - Middle Tennessee, New Market, Tenn. - 3.819 GPA, organizational communication
Samantha Nieves - Middle Tennessee, Jr., Covina, Calif. - 3.821 GPA, animal science
Ashley Kirk - North Texas, Sr., Round Rock, Texas - 3.945 GPA, Spanish
Mackenzie Sher* - Southern Miss, Sr., Bellaire, Texas - 3.853 GPA, psychology
Jill Barrett** - Tulsa, Sr., Greenwood, Ark. - 3.65 GPA, exercise and sports science
Julie Kernen* - Tulsa, Jr., St. Louis, Mo. - 3.96 GPA, speech language pathology
Caitlin Attfield - UAB, So., Niagara Falls, N.Y. - 3.59 GPA, physical education/exercise science
Colleen Hohman - UTEP, Sr., Naperville, Ill. - 3.73 GPA, bilingual elementary education
Megan Low - UTSA, Jr., Spring, Texas - 3.5 GPA, kinesiology
*repeat winner

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