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Gentsch Earns Highest Academic Honor in Softball History

Holley Gentsch

Holley Gentsch

May 26, 2011

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech's Holley Gentsch received the highest academic honor in program history Thursday as the junior was named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team.

Gentsch, a Hewitt, Texas native, is only the second softball student-athlete in school history to be named an Academic All-American, joining Paula Workman, who was a third team selection in 1998 and 1999.

"This is a tremendous honor for Holley," head coach Shanon Hays said. "She puts in a full effort in everything she does whether it is on the softball field or in the classroom. This kind of ends a great year for her as she was one of our top players throughout the season. I couldn't be prouder for Holley, and this is almost icing on the cake after we had seven players named to the Academic All-Big 12 teams a week ago."

A two-time Academic All-Big 12 first team selection, Gentsch, a sociology major, has compiled a 3.96 GPA during her three years at Tech, while also posting a 4.0 GPA in each of her five previous semesters.

Gentsch recorded a .284 average with a home run and 17 RBI during her third-straight season primarily handling Tech's catching duties. She finished with an impressive .323 average against Big 12 pitching which was second on the team behind Emily Bledsoe.

The Capital One Academic All-America teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Ashley Brignac of Louisiana-Lafayette was named the Academic All-American of the Year.

Gentsch was one of four Big 12 student-athletes honored as Oklahoma State's Chelsea claimed first team accolades while Nebraska's Ashley Hagemann and Nikki Haget were second and third team recipients, respectively.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.



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