Gentsch Named an Academic All-American for Second-Straight Year
Holley Gentsch was named an Academic All-American for the second-straight year Thursday.
May 24, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Holley Gentsch was named to the Capital One Academic All-America third team Thursday, marking the second-straight year the Texas Tech senior has received the prestigious honor.
Gentsch, who was a second-team selection in 2011, ends her playing career as one of the most successful Tech student-athletes in the classroom. She joins Paula Workman, who was honored on the third team in both 1998 and 1999, as the only other Academic All-American in program history.
Among the 34 All-American selections, Gentsch was one of just nine student-athletes, including two from the Big 12 Conference, to garner the accolade for a second-straight season.
The Hewitt, Texas native was honored on the Capital One All-District teams earlier this season along with teammates Ashley Hamada and Brittany Talley, making her the only player in program history to be named to one of the all-district teams three-straight years. The all-district selections are the first step to qualify for All-American status.
In addition to her work in the classroom, Gentsch has been Tech's primary catcher the past four seasons, compiling a .250 career average to go along with eight home runs and 76 RBI. She wrapped her tenure among the Tech all-time leaders in both RBI and games played.
She made her final season one of her best to date as she hit .262 with three home runs and 15 RBI. Most importantly, she was a solid backstop behind the plate with only one error in nearly 200 chances.
A three-time Academic All-Big 12 first team selection, Gentsch has posted a 4.0 grade-point average over her last six semesters. She earned her degree in sociology this spring and will continue her studies in the field next year as a graduate student.
The Academic All-American honorees are annually selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). To be eligible for considerations, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, who maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better and has reached sophomore athletic and academic standing.