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NAIA Announces All-Americans

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Natalie McNall earned her second straight first team NAIA all-American honor

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Published
May 22, 2012
By
Chris Baker

AZUSA, Calif.-- The NAIA announced its 2012 all-American team and Azusa Pacific had three players recognized, led by senior Natalie McNall’s fourth straight honor. McNall, who played at No. 1 for the Cougars all year, was named to the first team for the second consecutive season, and was listed as an all-American for the fourth time in her career. Following McNall is a pair of second-team honorees.

Leah Hoffee and Emily Harris both earned their second straight second-team honors, with Hoffee earning all-American recognition for the third time in her career. The trio helped Azusa Pacific to an 18-4 season and a trip to the NAIA quarterfinals.

Natalie McNall: McNall, who finishes with 40 career wins as a Cougar, went 9-6 in GSAC play at No. 1 singles in the NAIA’s toughest conference. She won three matches against opponents ranked in the ITA top-50, and led Azusa Pacific to a quarterfinals appearance. McNall ends her stint as the 23rd ranked player in the nation helping Azusa Pacific to a 67-26 record over the past four seasons.

Leah Hoffee: Hoffee began the year on a tear, winning her first 14 matches before suffering her first loss against 18th ranked Jordan Kimura of Concordia. Hoffee went 15-2, all at No. 2 singles, and recorded three wins over top-50 players. The senior, who played in the NAIA tournament in all four of her seasons at Azusa Pacific, went 10-2 in conference play and posted a 16-1 record in doubles.

Emily Harris: In only her second year with the program Harris shined as one of the team’s most consistent players. The Scottsdale, Ariz. native went an impressive 19-1 this season, closing the year with 14 consecutive wins. Harris, ranked No. 49 in the NAIA, was named the 2012 ITA/NAIA West Player to Watch and is expected to open her junior year as the Cougars’ top singles player.

SCHOLAR ATHLETE

Emily Ignas earned Daktronics Scholar-Athlete recognition for her performance in the classroom. Ignas, one of three seniors on the team, made the cut after balancing her time on the court and in the books. In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

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