With the conclusion of the 2012 Summit League Women's Soccer Championship, the league has announced its Academic All-League Team as voted on by the nine institutions' faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors. North Dakota State senior defender Holly Christian was among the 12 student-athletes named to the team and honored for their academic and athletic performances this season.
Christian (Apple Valley, Minn.) started all 18 games for the Bison in 2012, scoring two goals anchoring the Bison defense that helped North Dakota State finish the regular season with four wins in its last five games to qualify for the conference tournament. For the second straight season, Christian was selected to the All-Summit League second team.
Christian owns a 3.68 cumulative grade point average with a major in pharmacy and zoology and a minor in chemistry.
To be eligible for the Academic All-League team, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 (on a 4.0 scale), completed at least one full academic year at the current institution and participated in at least 50 percent of their team's competitions. The women's soccer all-league teams are made up of the 11 student-athletes receiving the most votes with all ties standing.
Women's Soccer Academic All-League Team
Tylar Allison, Fort Wayne
Taylor Bare, Kansas City
Erin Bello, South Dakota
Julianne Boyle, Oakland
Holly Christian, North Dakota State
Katie Condon, Western Illinois
Sarah Hall, Western Illinois
Kyla Kellermann, Oakland
Arianne Mason, Fort Wayne
Melanie McCormick, Omaha
Kristin Pierce, IUPUI
Jordan Spaciel, Western Illinois