Dukes, Nieves named to C-USA All-Academic Team
Both maintain a 3.80 GPA or greaterMay 8, 2014 · @MTAthletics
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
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