UNC junior defender Caitlin Ball has been named a Capital One first-team Academic All-America.
UNC junior defender Caitlin Ball has been named a Capital One first-team Academic All-America.
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Caitlin Ball Named First-Team Academic All-America
Release: 11/26/2013

TOWSON, Md.  - University of North Carolina junior defender Caitlin Ball of Chapel Hill, N.C., has been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I women's soccer team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Ball is the 17th Tar Heel to be named to the Capital One Academic All-America Teams since 2005 and the 24th Tar Heel women's soccer player so honored dating back to 1983.

UNC has had 17 selections for the Capital One Academic All-America first, second and third teams since 2005.  Carolina also had seven women's soccer players named Academic All-Americas from 1983-2001 there was no specific teams for soccer and student-athletes were chosen in an at-large pool from all Olympic Sports program.

Altogether, Ball's selection gives the program 24 selections since the Academic All-America program began in 1983.  Following is a summary of the 24 selections since 1983.

  • 1983 - Lauren Gregg, third team.
  • 1985 - Beth Huber, second team.
  • 1993 - Shelley Finger, second team.
  • 1994 - Shelley Finger, first team.
  • 1998 - Cindy Parlow, first team.
  • 2000 - Lindsay Stoecker, second team.
  • 2001 - Kristin DePlatchett, first team.
  • 2005 - Heather O'Reilly, second team; Lindsay Tarpley, third team.
  • 2006 - Heather O'Reilly, first team (Academic All-America of the Year); Anna Rodenbough, second team; Yael Averbuch, third team.
  • 2007 - Yael Averbuch, second team; Anna Rodenbough, second team.
  • 2008 - Kristi Eveland, first team; Yael Averbuch, first team (Academic All-America of the Year); Anna Rodenbough, second team.
  • 2009 - Kristi Eveland, first team; Whitney Engen, second team; Ashlyn Harris, second team.
  • 2011 - Adelaide Gay, first team; Amber Brooks, second team.
  • 2012 - Amber Brooks, first team.
  • 2013 - Caitlin Ball, first team.

Five members of the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® NCAA I women's soccer team have a perfect 4.00 G.P.A. and 10 of the members have greater than a 3.85 G.P.A. 

Defender Caitlin Ball of North Carolina is the only junior on the women's first team.

A three-year starter at North Carolina, Ball is a journalism and political science major with a 3.88 G.P.A.  The Chapel Hill, N.C., native was the winner of the NCAA Elite 89 Award as part of the 2012 NCAA championship team. She has led top-ranked UNC to an 20-4 record and a berth in the NCAA quarterfinals against UCLA.

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To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. 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.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 19,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

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