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Collazo and Walts Named to Conference USA All-Academic Team

Seniors Ashley Collazo (10) and Kayleigh Walts (2) pictured with co-head coach Kathleen Rodriguez on senior day.


Seniors Ashley Collazo (10) and Kayleigh Walts (2) pictured with co-head coach Kathleen Rodriguez on senior day.

May 7, 2013

IRVING, Texas - UTEP softball's Ashley Collazo and Kayleigh Walts were named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team league officials announced on Tuesday. The 2013 team consists of 13 student-athletes with a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or better and must be a starter or key reserve on their team.

This is the first time Collazo and Walts have been named to the All-Academic team. Collazo, a San Antonio, Texas native, holds a 4.00 GPA as a Public Health major, while Walts, a native of Flower Mound, Texas, holds a 3.82 GPA as a Kinesiology major. Collazo has been a five-time selection to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Walts a four-time selection.

Their futures are as bright as those yellow neon softballs. Collazo is headed to medical school and Walts will attend physical therapy school.

Collazo started 40 games during the 2013 campaign. She hit .273, two long balls, 14 RBI and led the Orange and Blue in triples. Walts started 47 games and finished second on the squad in home runs (three) and second in RBI (20). Walts was one of the top catchers in the conference as she is currently tied first in runners caught stealing (25) and second in picking runners off (seven).

This is the second time in program history multiple Miners have been named to an all-academic team in the same year (Gracie Borjas and Andi Zolton were named Academic All-WAC in 2005).

A complete list of the 2013 Softball All-Academic honorees is below:

2013 Conference USA Softball All-Academic Team (*Repeat Selection)

NAME - SCHOOL - YEAR - GPA - MAJOR

Sarah Christian - East Carolina - Senior - 3.73 - Business Management

*Jill Jelnick - East Carolina - Junior - 4.00 - English

Haley Outon - Houston - Junior - 3.72 - Health


 

 

Alysia Hively - Marshall - Senior - 3.89 - Physiology & Psychology

Andi Williamson - Marshall - Senior - 3.53 - Physical Education & Health Education

Laura Curtis - Memphis - Senior - 3.61 - Exercise & Sports Science

Mackenzie Sher - Southern Miss - Junior - 3.80 - Psychology

Kimberly Wager - Southern Miss - Senior - 4.00 - Sociology

*Jill Barrett - Tulsa - Junior - 3.61 - Exercise & Sports Sciences

Julie Kernen - Tulsa - Sophomore - 3.93 - Arts & Sciences

Mackenzie Audas - UCF - Sophomore - 3.83 - Early Childhood Education

Ashley Collazo - UTEP - Senior - 4.00 - Public Health

Kayleigh Walts - UTEP - Senior - 3.82 - Kinesiology