SFA Places Three On Academic First Team
Dec. 13, 2012
SFA's three members of the first team was the most of any program and all were automatic selections. Both Burns and Hanlan were automatic selections after earning academic all-district honors, while Ivy was a first-team all-conference choice and met the minimum GPA for automatic selection.
The all-academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic/compliance administrators from each Southland Conference university. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team's competition to qualify for the squad.
Automatic selections are earned from having met all qualifications in addition to being named to the All-SLC first team, or by being named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team.
It is the third straight season both Burns and Hanlan have been named to the all-conference first team and it is the seventh consecutive year SFA has had at least two members on the first team.
Both Burns and Hanlan were second team all-conference choices this season for their exploits on the court with Burns earning first-team academic all-District honors for her perfect 4.0 GPA in professional accountancy. She also managed to put up another solid year on the court, putting up a career high with 2.49 kills per set and leading the team with a .236 attack percentage.
Hanlan, who posted a 3.93 GPA in cellular and molecular biology, was a second team academic all-district choice and backed up her second team all-conference selection as a junior with another nod as a senior.
She finished the season ranking third in the league in digs with 4.62 per set and was twice been named the league's defensive player of the week. She also moved into second all-time at SFA in digs and is one of just two Ladyjacks to ever total more than 2,000 digs in her career.
As for Ivy, it is the first academic selection for her in her first season of eligibility. The sophomore outside hitter has posted a 3.43 cumulative GPA in kinesiology and was SFA's primary offensive weapon this year. An all-Southland Conference first team choice, she led SFA in kills with 3.03 kills per set, 3.06 per set in league play, and hit .191 for the year.
A native of Katy, Ivy hit for at least 10 kills in 24 of SFA's 32 matches on the season and had at least 20 kills in a pair of matches, including a career-high 22 in a win over Nicholls. She is the first Ladyjack to have at least 20 kills in multiple matches in a season since 2006.