Two Trojans Earn Academic All-District Honors

May 24, 2007

For their strength in the classroom and in their respective sports, two USC student-athletes have earned 2007 Academic All-District honors. For senior tennis standout Anca Anastasiu, the recognition has become a regularity, as Anastasiu now earns her third straight spot on the First Team for District 8 at-large teams. On the men's side, senior water polo player Pavol Valovic has been honored on the Second Team, picking up his first such award after joining the Trojan team last year as a junior transfer.

Anastasiu - a business administration major from Pretoria, South Africa - recently helped guide the Women of Troy into the NCAA Championships for her fourth straight year. She holds a 3.88 GPA as a business administration major, and also recently won the ITA West Region's Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership & Sportsmanship. She won all three of her No. 4 singles matches during USC's 2007 NCAA competition, and finishes her senior season with a 27-12 overall record for a 101-44 career singles mark. In 2006, Anastasiu became USC's 28th First Team Academic All-American and was named USC's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Valovic, from Bratislava, Slovakia, easily holds the top GPA on the men's water polo team, and helped get the Trojans to the NCAA championship game in both his seasons at Troy, winning the 2005 title and placing second in 2006. He also was named USC's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2006. Following his senior season, Valovic holds a 3.67 GPA as an international relations global business major. He also earned Superior honors as a member of the AWPCA 2006 All-American Academic Team. He scored 19 goals in his senior season to finish with 33 goals in his two-year Trojan career.

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