UTA'S DAVID CORRIE AND ANETE ROZKALNE NAMED SLC STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR IN RESPECTIVE DIVISIONS
May 24, 2004
ARLINGTON, Texas - The University of Texas at Arlington placed four student-athletes on the 2004 Southland Conference Tennis All-Academic Teams to lead all schools for the second straight year, the league office announced today (Monday). Senior David Corrie and sophomore Anete Rozkalne earned student-athlete of the year honors in their respective divisions.
The Southland all-academic teams, voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors, and academic/compliance administrators, honor those student-athletes who have earned at least a 3.00 grade point average while serving as a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials. Student-athletes must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing within the institution and must have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution.
In just the second year of existence, the student-athlete of the year is annually presented to the top student-athlete in each conference sponsored sport. The individual must have earned a 3.5 cumulative grade point average and shall have achieved excellence in academics, athletics and community/campus service.
Corrie was named the student-athlete of the year in men's tennis for the second year in a row, having garnered the accolade in its first year of existence in 2003. The senior has demonstrated athletic and academic excellence on and off the court throughout his four-year career as a Maverick. He was ranked nationally as high as No. 23 and posted a 32-8 overall singles record this year. The London, England native was named the 2004 SLC player of the year and was selected to the all-conference team for the fourth consecutive year, earning first team honors in singles and doubles in his final campaign. Corrie has also been selected as one of 64 individuals to compete in the NCAA Individual Championships later this week.
Adding to his athletic success, Corrie has been on UTA's honor roll every semester and a UTA Super Scholar Athlete. He owns a 3.93 GPA in economics, participates in the annual canned food drive for Mission Arlington and serves as a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Representative. Corrie also volunteers in the Monday Night Tennis Clinics at the UTA Tennis Center.
Teammate Ian Vazquez-Rowe joins Corrie on the all-academic squad. Vazquez-Rowe owns a 3.72 GPA in biology and finished the year with a 21-13 overall mark.
On the women's side, Rozkalne garnered the student-athlete of the year honor. The sophomore is the lone underclassman on the women's all-academic team, she notched her second all-league honor with a spot on the first team in doubles this season. Rozkalne posted an 18-7 mark in doubles, including a perfect 10-0 run in SLC action. She was 19-8 and 8-1 in the SLC in singles play.
Rozkalne, who compiled a 3.95 GPA in biology, is a co-winner of the 2003-2004 B.G. Wilson Female Student-Athlete of the Year, the highest honor handed out by the UTA Athletics Department. In her career at UTA, Rozkalne has been active in the annual canned food drive for Mission Arlington and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. She is also a representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Senior Jitka Vetrovcova, a biology major with a 3.76 GPA, joins Rokalne on the all-academic squad.