Soccer's Dry & Fisher Earn Academic Honors
Nov. 2, 2006
HOUSTON - University of Houston seniors Jennifer Dry (Norman, Okla./Norman HS) and Sarah Fisher (Katy, Texas/Cypress Springs HS) both earned national and Conference USA academic honors that were announced Thursday.
Dry, a kinesiology major with a 3.96 GPA, was named to the ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-District VI and is now eligible for Academic All-America accolades. Fisher, who earned the same honor last season, was named to the All-District VI second team. Fisher carries a 3.85 GPA in her engineering major.
Both were also named to the inaugural C-USA All-Academic Team. Shelby Scott (Mesquite, Texas/North Mesquite HS) earned Honorable Mention recognition. The All-Academic team consists of 11 student-athletes who have achieved at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and are starters or key reserves for their respective teams. Thirty-six student-athletes received Honorable Mention honors.
Dry made 19 starts on the year on defense, tallying a pair of assists. She was the top defender on a backline that featured three freshmen. After Ashleigh Williams (Houston, Texas/Jersey Village HS) suffered a season-ending injury four games into the season, Dry stepped up as the leader of a defensive unit that had four clean sheets in the final 15 games. She closed her career out by starting 54 consecutive games.
Fisher was the fourth-leading scorer on this year's team with three goals, three assists and nine points. She started in all 19 games at forward and started in all 74 games through her career, only one of six players in UH history to make 70 or more starts.
The Academic All-America Teams program honors 816 male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA (the College Sports Information Directors of America), a 2,000 member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
To be eligible, a student-athletes must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.
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