Soccer Team Shows Excellence In The Classroom

June 2, 2004

Excellence in the Classroom

Soccer Team Garners Individual and Team Honors at First Annual Sparky Awards

TEMPE, Ariz. - Wells Fargo Arena was host to the first annual Sparky Awards, Arizona State Athletic Department's annual ceremony recognizing excellence in the classroom and on the field among ASU's 22 Division I Athletic Teams. Modeled after ESPN's 'ESPY Awards', the ceremony, which included famous, former ASU athletes, coaches, and national celebrities, was a huge hit among athletes and staff, and is sure to be a favorite for years to come.

This year's ceremony proved to be a great night for the Sun Devil Soccer Team, as they were the recipients of two prestigious Sparky Awards:

The Team Award: Awarded Annually to the Sun Devil team with the highest overall team GPA. The 2003-2004 Soccer Team finished the Academic year with an astounding 3.44 Team GPA. The 2004 spring semester also saw an incredible six Sun Devil Soccer players receive perfect 4.0 GPAs (three of whom also had 4.0 GPAs in the fall semester) and all 22 members of the Women's Soccer Team were also named Maroon and Gold Scholars-Athletes, for having posted GPAs of 3.0 or higher. This is the first time in Arizona State school history such a milestone has been accomplished!

Holly Azevedo

Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Junior defender, Holly Azevedo, was the recipient of the Female Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, as voted on by her peers within in the athletic department. One of the team's top defenders, Holly has posted back-to-back 4.0 GPA semesters as a communications major. On the season, Holly collected two goals, including one game winner, and helped anchor one of the nations' top defenses.

Soccer Team Earns NSCAA Team Academic Award/Sets School Record in the classroom

Highest Team GPA of All 64 NCAA Tournament Teams

TEMPE, Ariz. - The 2002-2003 Arizona State women's soccer team not only had success on the field, as they reached the second-round of the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row, but also in academics, as the team earned NSCAA Academic Honors for its work in the classroom. To receive the NSCAA Team Academic Award, a program must boast a combined GPA of at least 3.0. The 2002-2003 team had a tremendous year in the classroom, recording a team high GPA of 3.46. The teams' GPA was the highest among all 64 teams in the 2002 NCAA Tournament!

The 2002-2003 team also set a school record, as all 22 members of the team earned a 3.0 GPA or higher during the year. This is the first time in the program's seven-year history that all members of the squad achieved this level of success in the classroom.

School Record Eight Soccer Players Earn Pac-10 All-Academic Honors

Amy LePeilbet and Patrice Feulner make their third appearances on the All Pac-10 team

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State senior defender Amy LePeilbet's first-team selection headlined an impressive list of a school record eight Sun Devil soccer players on the 2003 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Soccer All-Academic teams, announced Nov.25, by Commissioner Tom Hansen.

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. The Sun Devils also had three second-team honorees and four honorable mention choices.

First Team:

Amy LePeilbet, who earned Academic All-American honors as well, is majoring in Sociology. This is LePeilbet's third first-team selection, making her the only player at ASU to ever garner three straight first-team honors. The team's top defender during her career at ASU, she has also won two World Championships with the U.S. U21 Women's National Team.

Second Team:

Patrice Feulner, a senior midfielder/forward, is majoring in Accounting. She ends her career second all time in goals (28), assists (18) and points (74). This is Feulner's third straight All-Pac-10 Academic honor.

Stephanie Peel, makes her second appearance on the second team after earning a 3.65 GPA in education. Peel started on the Sun Devils' defensive line in all 21 games, helping to hold opponents to a 1.05 goals-against average.

Liz Bogus, makes her first appearance on the Pac-10 second team. Last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Bogus holds a3.68 GPA in interdisciplinary studies. A former All-Pac-10 first team performer, she was honorable mention this year and was a finalist for National Freshman of the Year in 2002.

Honorable Mention:

Haley van Blommestein earned her second honorable mention award after posting at 3.10 GPA in sociology. A four-year starter, van Blommestein has been a crucial piece of the Sun Devil midfield for the last four years.

Brittany Cooper, sophomore earned honorable mention accolades carrying a 3.48 GPA in broadcasting. A second-team All-Pac-10 performer on the field, she had a breakout year leading the team this past year in goals (10), points (26) and tied for assists (6).

Stephanie Ebner, sophomore earned honorable mention selection with a 3.14 GPA in interdisciplinary studies. A second-team All-Pac-10 player with tremendous versatility, she had game-winning goals against Cal and Oregon State this year.

Manya Makoski, sophomore currently holds a 3.57 GPA in journalism. A second team All-Pac-10 performer the last two years, she was one of the finalists for National Freshman of the Year in 2002.

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