Central Arkansas' Christopher Holmes was named to the CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team on Thursday, becoming the first UCA men's soccer player to earn multiple Academic All-America honors.
Holmes joins Central Arkansas men's basketball alum Jordan Howard (2016-17, 2017-18) as the only Central Arkansas student-athletes to repeat on the Academic All-America Teams at the Division I level.
Holmes, from Conway, Arkansas, wrapped up a career this season that saw him earn MVC Scholar-Athlete recognition three times, CoSIDA Academic All-District three times and earn the MVC coveted Elite 17 Award at this season's MVC Tournament, all while carrying a perfect 4.00 GPA in pursuit of a degree in Health Services Administration.
On the field, he was twice named All-MVC Second Team while helping lead the Bears to back-to-back MVC Tournament titles (2017-18) and NCAA Tournament appearances and a Missouri Valley Conference title this season.
"What a fantastic way to cap off his career here," UCA coach Ross Duncan said. "Chris has certainly left a legacy here that will be tough for anyone to recreate. But he's also set the standards and shown what it really means to be a part of our program. Our guys are lucky to have had him as an example.”
Bassett named SLC Student-Athlete of the Year
University of Central Arkansas senior Camille Bassett was named the Southland Conference women's soccer Student-Athlete of the Year on Thursday, as announced by the conference office.
Bassett, from Vista, California, was joined on the SLC All-Academic first-team by senior defender Kristin Ricks, senior goalkeeper Lauren Mercuri and sophomore midfielder Hadley Dickinson.
Junior forward Savannah Tidd was a second-team selection.
Bassett has a 3.51 GPA in communication science and disorders.
Bassett was the Southland Conference Player and Forward of the Year this season and is a two-time All-Midwest Region selection by United Soccer Coaches.
She set a UCA school record with her 40th career goal in UCA's 5-2 SLC Tournament victory over Northwestern State and tied the school record with 92 career points.
Ricks, a first-team All-SLC selection from Keller, Texas, has a 3.33 GPA in broadcast journalism.
She was a first-team All-Midwest Region selection by USC and was the SLC Defensive Player of the Year. Ricks earned a league-high four Defensive Player of the Week honors this season and led the SLC with eight assists.
Mercuri, a first-team All-SLC selection from Gig Harbor, Wash., has a 3.17 GPA in marketing.
Mercuri was the SLC Goalkeeper of the Year, finishing with program highs of 16 wins and eight shutouts.
Dickinson, from Cabot, has a 3.16 GPA with an undeclared major.
Dickinson had three goals and four assists in 19 starts and earned first-team All-SLC honors as a sophomore.
Tidd, from Peoria, Arizona, has a 3.95 GPA in biology.
She scored three goals and tied for second on the team with six assists while coming off the bench.
"As a staff we pride ourselves on our players being strong student-athletes,” UCA coach and SLC Coach of the Year Jeremy Bishop said. "We want all of our players to perform on the field at high level, but more importantly we want them to perform at a high level in the classroom. Our team GPA is always very high and we've been able to achieve success on the field as well, that's what it's all about.
"I couldn't be more proud of our team in this regard and am particularly proud for these five for being recognized as great student-athletes.”
UCA finished 16-4-1 overall — a school record for victories — and 10-1 in the Southland Conference, winning its second SLC title in the past three seasons.
Southland Conference All-Academic Teams are voted on by a head coach, sports information director and academic/compliance staff member from each school.
Student-Athletes of the Year are voted on by an awards committee which consists of one administrator from each member school.
Voting for one's own athletes is not permitted.
To be eligible for all-academic distinction, an athlete must hold a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA through the semester prior to the sport's championship, completed at least one full academic year at the nominating school prior to the current season, and participated in at least 50 percent of the team's competitions during the most recently completed season.
First-Team All-Conference athletes who meet all-academic nomination criteria are automatically named First-Team All-Academic.
SAA releases 2018 Fall All-Sportsmanship Teams
The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) announced the Fall 2018 All-Sportsmanship teams Thursday and six Warriors saw their way to obtaining the award.
The student-athletes chosen for this award were selected by their teammates and/or coaches in regards to their representation of their program/school.
Football - Garrett Wolf
Men's Cross Country - Graham Anderson
Women's Cross Country - Yaraseth Elorza
Men's Soccer - Grant Gartner
Women's Soccer - Macie Stultz
Volleyball - Amber Melcher