Oct. 30, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. -- Senior midfielder Ashley Farrand was named to ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-District VI first team and sophomore defender Michelle Alexander was selected to the third team on Friday as announced by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).
The awards are career firsts for Farrand and Alexander and marks the seventh consecutive season that at least one OU soccer player was named to the Academic All-District team. In addition, it is the fourth such occasion with multiple honorees for the Sooners.
Farrand is the first, first team member since Erin Young was selected in 2003 and is now eligible for Academic All-America status.
Farrand, a zoology major, has played in 19 games this season, primarily in the midfield, and started a career-best 13 contests for the Sooners. The Tulsa, Okla., native has appeared in all 76 games during her time at Oklahoma, a mark that ranks third most in program history. Earlier this season, she tied a school record for most assists in a game with two against Oral Roberts. Her seven career assists ranks 10th all-time for a career at OU.
Alexander, a business-energy management major, has 16 starts in 2009 on defense and ranks second on the team with three assists and tied for third with two goals. Both of her scores came in the Sam Houston game, marking the first and second goals of her career. She also tied a single-game record with two assists earlier this season against Tulsa.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.