5 Patriots selected to PBC Women’s Tennis All-Academic Team

5 Patriots selected to PBC Women’s Tennis All-Academic Team

Five members of the Francis Marion University women's tennis team – senior Samantha Koelliker, junior Sofia Henning, and sophomores Anilu Barraza Araiza, Marie Krueger, and Anna Wintrich – have been named to the 2017 Peach Belt Conference Women's Tennis All-Academic Team

Koelliker and Henning earn the honor for the second consecutive year.

A native of Vielbringen, Switzerland, Koelliker is majoring in management and has a 3.52 GPA. 

A four-year letterwinner, Koelliker is a three-time All-Conference selection and was awarded ITA Scholar-Athlete recognition in 2016. She is currently serving on FMU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has earned Peach Belt Conference Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor rolls recognition at every opportunity.

On the court, she has a 15-4 singles record and is ranked 25th in the most recent NCAA Division II national rankings.  She was named the conference Player of the Week on Feb. 13.  She possesses a 14-5 doubles record playing with Krueger.

Henning, a native of Gothenburg, Sweden, is a marketing major with a 3.65 GPA.

She was named an ITA Scholar-Athlete in 2016, has served two terms on the university's SAAC, and is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society.  She has been selected to both the PBC Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor rolls at each opportunity and garnered a D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award in 2016.

Henning owns a 15-4 singles mark playing at the No.3 and 4 positions and an 11-8 doubles record.

Barraza Araiza hails from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and has a 3.58 GPA as a finance major with an economics minor.  She also earned recognition from the PBC Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor rolls during her first three semesters.

On the court this season, Barraza Araiza is 7-3 playing singles and 11-8 playing doubles.

Krueger is from Leverkusen, Germany, and has a 3.90 GPA as a human resources management major.  She was the squad's most valuable player in 2016 while earning All-Conference and ITA Scholar-Athlete recognition, and being named the Peach Belt's Freshman of the Year.  She has been selected to the PBC Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor roll each time.

This season, Krueger has posted an 11-7 record playing singles, mainly at the No.2 position, and a 14-5 doubles record playing with Koelliker at No.1.

A native of Wadern, Germany, Wintrich is majoring in general management and has compiled a 3.79 GPA.  She was named a 2016 ITA Scholar-Athlete and has been part of both the PBC Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor rolls at every chance.

Wintrich plays No.5 singles and owns a 12-7 mark and has registered a 9-10 doubles record at the No.2 and 3 spots.

Francis Marion just finished it regular season with a 12-7 record and a No.37 national ranking.  The Patriots will play the University of North Georgia in the first round of the PBC Tournament on Friday morning (April 21) at 9 a.m. at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center.

The All-Academic team is part of a season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field of play. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must participate in at least half of her team's matches and be either a starter or significant contributor, achieve a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and have completed at least one full academic year at her current institution.

Founded in 1991, the Peach Belt consists of 14 member institutions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama.  In its short history, the conference boasts 36 NCAA Division II national championships.

    Samantha Koelliker              Sofia Henning                Anilu Barraza Araiza               Marie Krueger                  Anna Wintrich