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APSU Student Athletes named to 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr Sports Scholars Teams

 

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Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsFairfax, VA –  Six Austin Peay State University student-athletes were named to the 2014 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars Teams as selected by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine.

Senior football defensive lineman Iosua Siliva was named an Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar for the third consecutive year. Junior volleyball outside hitter Jada Stotts was selected for the second consecutive year.  In addition, senior soccer forward Tatiana Ariza earned her second honor, adding 2014 to her 2012 selection.

Six APSU student-athletes named to 2014 Arthur Ashes Jr. Sports Scholars Team (APSU Sports Information)

Six APSU student-athletes named to 2014 Arthur Ashes Jr. Sports Scholars Team (APSU Sports Information)

That trio was joined by three first-time selections: sophomore track athlete Breigh Jones; senior softball pitcher Lauren de Castro; senior soccer defender Natalia Ariza.

Iosua Siliva

Iosua SilivaSiliva is on track to graduate in May with a 3.89 grade-point average in Agriculture: Sustainable Development. He also is a three-time member of the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and a seven-time Athletics Director’s Honor Roll member.

Siliva received the OVC Medal of Honor in 2012-13 for owning the highest GPA (4.0) for his respective conference sport.

Jada Stotts

Jada StottsStotts, who is majoring in Public Relations and Sports Broadcasting and is carrying a 3.49 GPA, was named to the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll last year and is a four-time member of the APSU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.

In 2013, she missed eight matches due to a lower body injury but returned in time for OVC play where she led the team in both kills (2.92 per set) and digs (3.52 per set). Stotts also is President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC).

Tatiana Ariza

Tatiana ArizaTatiana Ariza, who is schedule to graduate in May with a 3.68 GPA in Business Administration: Marketing, finished her Lady Govs soccer career as a four-time All-OVC selection.

After leading APSU with 15 goals and 34 points in 2014, she finished her career as Austin Peay’s all-time leader in goals (53), assists (24) and points (130). In addition, she was named to the 2012-13 OVC Commissioner’s honor roll.

Breigh Jones

Breigh JonesJones is a psychology major with a 3.91 GPA through three semesters. She was selected to the United States Junior National Team which competed at the 2013 Pan-American Junior Games in Medellin, Colombia.

In 2014, Jones was a silver-medalist in both the 400-meter run and the 4×400-meter relay at the OVC Indoor Championships. Academically, Jones was named to the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll after her freshman year.

Lauren de Castro

Lauren de Castrode Castro is on track to graduate in May and boasts a 3.28 GPA while majoring in psychology. A capable two-way player throughout her career, she leads the Lady Govs at the plate with a .385 batting average, five home runs and 25 RBI this season.

On the mound, she has been the winning pitcher in 12 of APSU’s 19 victories this season, posting a 12-12 record and 3.15 ERA this season. de Castro is a two-time All-OVC first-team honoree, one of only four Lady Govs to earn multiple league honors during their career.

In addition, she was named to the 2012-13 OVC Commissioner’s honor roll.

Natalia Ariza

Natalia ArizaAriza also finished her Lady Govs soccer career as a four-time All-OVC selection. She was an instrumental part of a Lady Govs defensive unit that allowed just 18 goals in 17 regular-season matches, playing a team-high 1,668 minutes (out of 1,756 team minutes).

In addition, she was named to the 2012-13 OVC Commissioner’s honor roll.

Diverse:

Issues in Higher Education sponsors the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar Awards to honor undergraduate students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe, Jr.’s commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis, U.S. colleges and universities are invited to participate in this annual awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability and academic performance, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars demonstrate a commitment to community service and community activism.

To be recognized, students must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher through the fall of 2013, completed one full academic year at the nominating institution, be enrolled for the fall term of the academic year being nominated, be an active member of an intercollegiate athletic team during the 2013-14 year and have a record of campus or community service.


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