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Emily Harris and Kim Koetterheinrich during a match in early February.

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Published
June 4, 2012
By
Chris Baker

AZUSA, Calif.-- The Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American women’s at-large teams were announced and two Azusa Pacific tennis players made the cut with one earning first team honors. Kim Koetterheinrich was named to the first team after the business administration major went unbeaten in doubles play (18-0) with a 3.95 grade point average, while Emily Harris received second team honors after registering a 3.82 GPA and going a team-best 19-1 this season.

Koetterheinrich went 9-4 in singles play, including a 1-1 mark at the NAIA National Championship tournament and strung together an impressive 18 consecutive doubles wins, including two in the postseason.

“She’s such a bright kid in the classroom. She’s definitely one of those of rare top-notch student athletes. She puts in a ton of time on the court and does extremely well in the classroom. I’m really happy for her,” said head coach Mark Bohren.

Harris, who was named the ITA West Player to Watch, received second team distinction after an impressive sophomore campaign that saw the Scottsdale, Ariz. native close the season on a 14-match winning streak.

“Going into next season as a captain it’s cool that’s she’s a good role model for the other students. She lost only one match on the court and did really well in the classroom. I can’t say enough about her,” said Bohren.

The two helped the Cougars to their eighth NAIA quarterfinal appearance in the last nine seasons and teamed up for five doubles wins.

Candidates for the Capital One Academic All-America program are selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) based on a combination of athletic and academic performance.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

For the complete CoSIDA release