Accolades Roll in For PBA Women's Soccer Team from NSCAA and NCCAA

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

GREENVILLE, S.C.- With the women’s soccer season now clearly in the rearview mirror for first-year head coach James Kryger and the Sailfish women’s soccer team, the accolades and honors continue to pile up for the 2008 version of the Fish. The team was awarded numerous honors for their play on the field as well as their performance in the classroom.

Recognized by both the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as well as the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), a number of Sailfish players were recognized for their individual accomplishments as well as recognition as a team who excelled with a solid overall team grade-point average.

The Sailfish were awarded the prestigious adidas Team Academic Award for their overall cumulative grade-point average for the team.

On the individual’s side of things, the Sailfish were also well represented. Highlighting this season’s accomplishments was senior Lindsey Bates who was named as a NCCAA All-American 2nd Team selection as well as a NCCAA/NSCAA Scholar-Athlete.

Fellow senior Brandi Bianco was also recognized by both organizations as the Palm Harbor native finished out her illustrious career with a solid and versatile senior campaign. For her efforts as both a forward and defender at different times during the season, Bianco was named a NCCAA All-American honorable mention selection as well as a NCCAA/NSCAA Scholar-Athlete.

Senior defender Christina Ibanez, one of the most dependable and important defensive contributors over the past few years for the Fish, was also recognized as a NCCAA/NSCAA Scholar-Athlete.

“I’m very proud of what these young ladies have accomplished on and off the field in their senior seasons,” said head coach James Kryger.

“Being a college athlete requires a dedication to not only your sport but also the hard work it takes to excel as a student and these ladies proved to be great examples on and off the field for our younger players that will be returning next year,” said Kryger.

To achieve NCCAA Scholar-Athlete status a student-athlete must be a junior or senior that maintains at least a cumulative 3.4 gpa.

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