PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State University soccer team, as well as 10 student-athletes on the 2013 Cougar squad, received academic recognition, Thursday.
Senior defender Rachael Doyle was named to the Pac-12 Conference All-Academic First Team. A movement studies major, Doyle garnered a spot on the first team for the second-straight year. She was a second team selection in 2011. Earlier this year, the Australian native was honored as a CoSIDA All-Academic District 8 First Team selection.
To be eligible for a Pac-12 award, a student-athlete must have a 3.0 or higher GPA and be a starter or significant contributor. A student-athlete in her first year is not eligible.
Nine Cougars received honorable mention from the Pac-12. Kayla Johnson (3.62 GPA, basic medical sciences major), a redshirt senior midfielder, is a four-time honoree by the Pac-12 after three-straight second team selections. Senior defender Delaney Zalud (3.21, psychology) is a third-time recipient.
Junior forward Korynn Blanksma (3.04, undeclared), junior midfielder Jocelyn Jeffers (3.20, movement studies), junior midfielder Mesa Owsley (3.40, social sciences) and junior defender Jamie Schnieders (3.03, environmental sciences) were honored for the second-consecutive year. First-time recipients included redshirt junior goalkeeper Gurveen Clair (3.25, sport management), sophomore forward Kourtney Guetlein (3.70, undeclared) and redshirt freshman defender Susie White (3.82, undeclared). Guetlein and White received recognition in their first year of eligibility.
The Cougars have earned 124 all-conference academic awards over the last-11 seasons. The overall selections are second in the Pac-12 to California’s 132 during that span, but the Cougars hold a 19-3 advantage in first team honors over the Golden Bears and a 38-16 margin in first and second team awards combined.
In addition, Washington State received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for 2012-13.
The Cougars posted a 3.23 GPA under head coach Keidane McAlpine and received the honor for the eighth time in the last-10 seasons. To be eligible, a program must have a team GPA of 3.0 or better during the academic year.