SAN DIEGO, CALIF.---Caitlin Ball, a sophomore at the University of the North Carolina, is the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship.
Ball, majoring in journalism and mass communication, currently carries a 3.913 GPA. Ball was presented with the award during the 2012 NCAA Women's College Cup banquet on Thursday evening in San Diego, Calif.
The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.
Ball and her Tar Heel teammates will meet top-ranked Stanford Friday at 11 p.m. EST (8 p.m. PST) in the NCAA College Cup semifinals at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif.For more information on the Elite 88 award winners, log on to NCAA.com/elite89.