Sotnikova Earns Academic Honor

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Huntsville- Sam Houston State women’s tennis player Irina Sotnikova has been named to the 2008 Academic All-Southland Conference honor squad.

The junior from Riga, Latvia, led the Bearkats to their fourth consecutive Southland Conference post-season tournament appearance this spring.

Sotnikova compiled an 15-5 record at number one singles in dual match play and teamed with Peta Taylor for an 18-2 record at number one doubles. Sotnikova ranks as Sam Houston State’s all-time winningest singles and doubles player. In the class room, she holds a 3.78 grade point average majoring in finance.

Two other Bearkats, Patricia Manzur and Eleonora Kuruc, were recognized as Academic All-Southland honorable mention.

Manzur, a junior from Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, played number five singles and number three doubles for the Bearkats. She holds a 3.43 overall grade point average majoring in psychology.

Kuruc, a junior from Novi Sad, Serbia, played number two singles and number three doubles this year. She posted a 3.21 grade point average majoring in business.

The Academic All-Southland Conference women’s tennis list for 2008:

Nina Knavs – Southeastern La. – Ljubljana, Slovenia – 4.0 – Business

Breda Kovac – Southeastern La. – Ljubljana, Slovenia – 3.94 – Business

Gebride Gedeva – Stephen F. Austin – Sofia, Bulgaria – 4.0 – Business

Maria Gutierrez – Lamar –San Antonio, Venezuela – 3.88 – Civil Engineering

Ali Gulida – TX St-San Marcos –Buenos Aires, Argentina – 3.8 – Marketing

Karen Scida – UTSA – Tucuman, Argentina – 3.8 – Chemistry

Irina Sotnikova – Sam Houston State –Riga, Latvia – 3.78 – Finance

Jana Simurkova – Southeastern La. –Trencin, Slovak Republic – 3.63 – Finance

Bonnie Phillips – Southeastern La. –Maunganui, New Zealand – 3.34 – Accounting

Inga Effimenko – McNeese State – Obninsk, Russia – 3.73 – Management

Monika Drabkova – UTSA –Prague, Czech Republic – 3.82 – Marketing

Holly Phillips – UTSA –Rochester, New York – 3.95 – Biology

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