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KANSAS CITY, Mo. â The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) recently announced 578 women’s soccer student-athletes as 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes, according to a release by the association on November 28. Marygrove’s Andrea Aznar and Kamry Miller were honored for the second consecutive year by the NAIA after receiving a nod as a Scholar-Athlete at the end of the 2013 season as well. Aznar and Miller were joined on the list by teammates Sara Ruch and Cheyenne York â both making their first appearance on the NAIA’s national academic team.
All four Mustangs were named to the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference All-Academic Team earlier this year.
Aznar, a senior from Caracas, Venezuela, added to her impressive academic resume with a mention on the 2014 NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete Team. On the pitch, Aznar enjoyed her best season since arriving on the scene in 2012, earning a starting nod in all 15 appearances during the 2014 campaign. The senior midfielder is a two-time United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Academic All-American and a two-time Daktronics Scholar-Athlete.
A New Boston, Mich. native [Kamry] Miller returned for her senior season in 2014 and helped the Mustangs notch their first WHAC win since 2012 when they defeated Indiana Tech by a 2-1 tally on Oct. 8. Miller’s achievements in the classroom have been well-documented since arriving at the northwest Detroit institution from Michigan-Dearborn in 2012. A two-time USCAA Academic All-American and a WHAC All-Academic Team member, Miller â like Aznar â joins the rare ranks of Marygrove student-athletes that have been named to more than one national academic team on multiple occasions. On the field, Miller tallied one goal and three assists, including the game-winning goal in a 3-2 victory over St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) on Sept. 23.
Adding to her recent NAIA honor, Ruch joins her teammates as a two-time USCAA Academic All-American and a member of the WHAC’s All-Academic Team. This season, Ruch started and appeared in 18 games, adding four shots (one on target) out of the back for the Mustangs. A junior from Oxford, Mich., Ruch flourished on the field this season en route to becoming one of four Mustangs that started all 18 contests on the 2014 slate.
York (Taylor, Mich./Truman High School), the Mustangs all-time leader in goals, assists and points scored, ends her heralded career by earning a spot as a Scholar-Athlete at the NAIA level. York is a multiple-time USCAA Academic All-American and was recently named to the WHAC’s All-Academic Team after exceeding the conference’s requirements. On the pitch, York paced the Mustangs with a team-high eight goals and added one assists for a 17-point 2014 campaign.
In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, 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.
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Category: Women's Soccer