13 Redbirds Earn NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete Accolades
Redshirt junior Nichelle Harrison was one of 13 Redbirds to earn the accolade
Redshirt junior Nichelle Harrison was one of 13 Redbirds to earn the accolade

Dec. 11, 2012

NORMAL, Ill. - A Missouri Valley Conference-best 13 Illinois State softball players earned 2011-12 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar-Athlete accolades, based on their performance in the classroom last academic year. The award is bestowed upon any player submitted by a member coach who achieved a 3.50 grade-point-average (GPA) or higher during the 2011-12 academic year.

Nine current players - Taylor Baxter, Sara Bradley, Nichelle Harrison, Kolby Hoffman, Elizabeth Kay, Lauren Kellar, Sophia Perez, Shelby Music and Kelsey Turczyn earned recognition for the Redbirds. Three recipients - Jordan Birch, Caiti Kopp and Megan Warner - completed their playing careers last season, while Chrissy Burton, a 2008-11 Redbird, rounded out the group.



The honor marks the second component of the Association's academic award program, as teams were identified back in October for their academic performance as a whole. The Redbirds received all-academic honors with a cumulative 2011-12 GPA of 3.47, ranking them 14th nationally and third in the Valley.

The Redbirds will open their season by participating in the Getterman Classic, Feb. 7-9, on the campus of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. The full schedule will be released in the coming weeks on GoRedbirds.com.

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