May 5, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Bucknell sophomore Maria Cioffi was named the 2014 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women's tennis on Monday and heads up the seven-member Academic All-League squad, it was announced by the League office.
Voting was conducted by the League's women's tennis sports information directors who could not cast a ballot for their own student-athletes. Normally comprised of six selections, this year's list features seven because of a tie in the voting.
The Scholar-Athlete Award is the second major award the Williamsport, Pa. native has received, as she was also the Patriot League's Rookie of the Year in 2013. In her sophomore campaign, Cioffi compiled a 19-6 singles record (11-2 at No. 2 singles) and a 17-6 doubles record (7-5 at No. 1 doubles).
During the Patriot League season, Cioffi was a perfect 5-0 at No. 2 singles and 3-2 at No. 1 doubles. In the Patriot League tournament, she won her only completed singles match and was 1-1 at No. 1 doubles. A Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member, Cioffi has a 3.91 grade point average while majoring in Mathematics.
Army senior Jamila Paul, the 2013 Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete, makes her third appearance on the Academic All-League team. Paul had a 23-10 singles record, including a 5-2 mark in Patriot League play. She also was 39-3 in doubles action with a perfect 8-0 mark in the league.
A Life Science major, the Bulverde, Texas carries a 3.38 GPA and was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year in 2011 and Patriot League Player of the Year in 2012.
The only other repeat performer on the Academic All-League team is Lehigh junior Abby Farrell. The Wilsonville, Ore. native was 9-6 in singles action for the Mountain Hawks and boasts a 3.95 GPA in the Integrated Degree in Engineering and Arts and Sciences (IDEAS) program. A recipient of Lehigh Faculty Athletics Council Academic Award, Farrell has made the Dean's List in all five semesters including a 4.0 GPA in Fall 2013.
A pair of student-athletes from regular season and tournament champion Boston University make their first Patriot League All-Academic team. Sophomore Johanna Hyoty, the MVP of the 2014 Patriot League Women's Tennis Tournament, was unbeaten in league play at No. 1 singles and suffered only one league loss at No. 1 doubles. A management major, Hyoty carries a 3.48 GPA in Management.
Joining Hyoty on the Academic All-League squad is teammate Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis. The senior from Haltern am See, Germany was unbeaten in both the Patriot League regular season and postseason at No. 3 singles and suffered just a lone loss at No. 1 doubles. Athanasiadis has a 3.50 GPA while majoring in Psychology.
Sophomore Mikaela Carlson, of Navy, makes the All-Academic team in her first year of eligibility. The Carmel, Ind. native was 3-0 in Patriot League singles while playing at the No. 1, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 positions. An International Relations major, Carlson has a 4.0 GPA and ranks 1st among 1,156 classmates in Academic Order of Merit.
The final member of the Academic All-League is Loyola sophomore Haleigh Morgus. The Cary, N.C. native finished second on the team in 2013-2014 in singles victories with 19 at the No. 2 position, and she tied for the team-lead in doubles victories with 15. A communications major with a minor in Digital Media/Journalism, Morgus carries a 3.98 GPA.
To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.
The Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for each individual sport comprises the pool of nominees for the Patriot League Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards given out over the summer. One male and one female are selected for this honor.
2014 Patriot League Women's Tennis Academic Awards
Scholar-Athlete of the Year - Maria Cioffi, Bucknell, So.
Academic All-Patriot League*
Jamila Paul, Army
Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis, Boston University
Johanna Hyoty, Boston University
Maria Cioffi, Bucknell
Abby Farrell, Lehigh
Haleigh Morgus, Loyola
Mikaela Carlson, Navy
*Seven players due to a tie in the voting