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UHV softball ranked 18th academically

Success in the classroom is just important as success on the field for the University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars softball team, and team members have succeeded in both fields.

The Jaguars were ranked No. 18 Wednesday in the 2010-11 National Fastpitch Coaches Association/NAIA All-Academic team rankings with a 3.333 team GPA.

UHV was the top Association of Independent Institutions Conference team in the rankings, which was led by Central Methodist with a 3.627 GPA. William Carey was at No. 2 with a 3.559 GPA, and McKendree was No. 3 with a 3.520 GPA.

“This is a great honor for the team as well as the school,” UHV softball coach Keri Lambeth said. “We expect a lot from our athletes both on the field and in the classroom, and they have been able to excel in both.”

Three members of last year’s team – Courtney Pettit, Emily Bergstrom and Bre’Neka O’Bryant – were also selected as 2011 Daktronics Scholar Athletes, with Bergstrom also being named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District first team. Bergstrom and O’Bryant are both back this year for the Jaguars.

“This emphasizes why our student-athletes are at UHV - to get their degree while continuing to play the sports they love,” UHV athletic director Ashley Walyuchow said. “This is a great honor that reflects their hard work.”

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region, offers courses leading to more than 65 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Development, and Nursing. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus as well as teaching sites in Fort Bend and Harris counties, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. Since its founding in 1973, UHV has provided students with a quality university education from excellent faculty at an affordable price.