Women's Tennis Receives First Academic All-American Honors

Written by Sean Dahlin

BUENA VISTA, Va.—The United States Collegiate Athletic Association today announced its 2010-11 Non-Sponsored Sport Academic All-American selections honoring four members of the Southern Virginia University women's tennis team. 

Although women's tennis is not one of the eleven sports sponsored by the USCAA, the organization recognized senior Kayela Bridge (Woodbridge, Va.) and sophomores Brittany Gibbons (Buena Vista, Va.), Brynn McGinn (Bedford, Ind.) and Rebekah Reid (Woodland Hills, Utah) as part of its 2010-2011 Non-Sponsored Sport Academic All-American Team.

With this recognition, Bridge, Gibbons, McGinn and Reid become the first Southern Virginia University women's tennis players to be named USCAA Academic All-Americans. These academic accolades add to the fact that the 2010-11 Southern Virginia University women's tennis team had its most successful season in program history, going 15-3 and tying the 1998 and 1999 women's soccer teams for the best single-season win percentage (.833) of any intercollegiate athletic team in Southern Virginia University history.

"It's great to see members of our team recognized for their commitment to academic excellence," said third-year Head Coach Deidra Dryden. "Our scholar-athletes have done a tremendous job juggling academics and athletics since the program began five years ago and it's very rewarding to see them honored for their success."