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 since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Ashley Walyuchow