Four Trojans Receive Pac-10 All-Academic Honors|
May 26, 2006
Led by junior Anca Anastasiu's stellar 3.97 GPA, the Trojans had four players earn All-Academic honors from the Pac-10. Anastasiu was named to the women's All-Academic First Team, while teammates Judy DeVera and Lindsey Nelson received honorable mention on the women's side. Junior Jamil Al-Agba was the USC men's representative on the list, earning honorable mention as well.
This is Anastasiu's second time as a first-team selection. The junior business administration major went 25-12 this season, making an appearance in the NCAA Singles Championships. She is ranked #58 in the nation and finished her 2006 campaign with a perfect 8-0 singles record in Pac-10 dual matches. She also is ranked #54 with DeVera in doubles play.
Al-Agba and DeVera also received honorable mention last year as sophomores. Although injured to start the season, Al-Agba -- a business major -- played in all but one of USC's Pac-10 matches this year for the men.
DeVera, a business major, was a key part of the USC women's run to second place in the conference and into the NCAA Team Semifinals. She posted a 13-11 overall singles record and is ranked #54 in the nation as a doubles team with Anastasiu. She also teamed up with Amanda Fink as USC's No. 3 doubles team, going 14-4 with Fink this year.
Nelson is undeclared as a sophomore, and has played at the No. 1 singles position for the Trojans almost throughout the season. Ranked #18 in the nation, Nelson has reached the NCAA Singles Quarterfinals for the first time in her career and currently holds a 23-8 overall singles record. She also is ranked #18 in doubles play with Luana Magnani, and the pair are also competing in the NCAA Doubles competition. The duo currently is 23-7 overall in doubles action.
To be eligible for selection to the academic teams, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.