The National Fastball Coaches Association has named University of Central Arkansas standout Libby Morris as the All-South Region Second-Team second baseman in a release from the organization earlier Thursday.

Morris becomes the 10th Bear to receive the recognition and first since Sam Forrest in 2014.

The award comes just over a week after the senior was named to the All-Southland Conference first team.

It was a career-year for the Grove, Oklahoma, native.

She finished the season with a .361 batting average and ended her career with the second-best average of qualifying hitters in program history (.350).

Morris became just the seventh Central Arkansas softball player to hit double-digit homers in a season (10) and tallied a strong 46 RBI.

"Libby was a great representative of UCA softball on and off the field," coach David Kuhn said. "I am so happy for her to be recognized as an All-Region selection for both UCA and the Southland Conference. She had an awesome two seasons at UCA. Libby is a tireless worker and extremely humble and I am excited to see her rewarded for the amazing year that she had."

UCA Tennis

Senior Marli Van Heerden added another award to her vast collection as she was named to the 2019 Southland Women's Tennis All-Academic First-Team on Thursday by the league office.

Van Heerden's historic play in 2019 earned her First-Team honors as she received Second-Team honors in 2018.

Van Heerden's selection was no fluke as she graduated with a bachelor's in accounting and 3.79 GPA.

On the court, she led her team in singles wins with 17 and dominated in doubles play with 16 total wins over the year.

"I think it's very difficult to be a successful student and athlete at the same time because it requires sacrifice, discipline and knowing what to do and when you have to do it," coach Casey Wharton said. "At the end of the day, I think it's up to the student-athlete to be the best they can be. For Marli, she is somebody who always wanted to be the best wherever she was. I think being voted on the all-academic team is a testament to show that she has worked and all the sacrifice and discipline she has put in over that time."

Van Heerden will further her education at Central Arkansas this fall as she will be a graduate assistant in the athletics department while pursuing her master's degree in accounting.