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Women's Tennis Makes Three Two-Sport Athletes
4:43 P.M., THU., JAN. 19, 2012

Due to an injury-riddled lineup, Baylor women's tennis head coach Joey Scrivano added three current student-athletes from the BU volleyball and soccer teams.

Volleyball players Zoe Adom and Brittany Ridenour and soccer player Dana Larsen joined the Lady Bear tennis program officially on Thursday afternoon. This fall, Adom finished her redshirt sophomore season and Ridenour completed her career as a senior on the volleyball team, while Larsen recently completed her junior season. Interestingly, all three were integral parts of their teams' success with each earning bids to the NCAA tournament of their respective sport.

"We are really thankful that we have coaches and student-athletes at Baylor that truly treat our athletic department as a family," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "They are willing to go above and beyond to lend a helping hand, and we are just going to turn a difficult situation into a positive one."

The three players will be eligible to compete in Baylor's upcoming match against Prairie View A&M on Friday, Jan. 20, at the Hurd Tennis Center on campus. The match is the beginning of an eight-match home stand over the course of 16 days.

While all three possess tennis experience, Ridenour is the only one who played organized competition in high school. As a senior, Ridenour joined the tennis team at Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa, earning a spot on the varsity team. Most recently, Ridenour was on the hardcourts at Baylor taking an advanced tennis course a year ago.

Adom and Larsen each played competitively from a young age through middle school, but chose their respective current sports once they began their high school careers. Both stated they have kept tennis as a hobby on the public courts at Baylor occasionally during their college careers.

Among current two-sport student-athletes at Baylor, the volleyball program now claims a total of three, including Melissa Jones, who joined the volleyball program after four years on the Lady Bear basketball team. Along with Jones on the women's teams, Makenzie Robertson is also a two-sport student-athlete for Baylor on both the basketball and softball teams. On the men's side, freshman offensive lineman Desmine Hilliard competed in his first track meet last weekend, finishing eighth in the shot put with a toss of 48 feet, two inches at Texas A&M. Robert Griffin III and Chance Casey have also each contributed to the track team along with their regular duties on the football team.

This season, Ridenour and Adom helped lead the volleyball team to an 18-15 record, including the program's fourth-ever bid into the NCAA tournament and second in the last three seasons. Larsen, meanwhile, was the leading scorer for the Baylor soccer team that earned a spot in the NCAA tournament and a first-round victory over Texas State, the first in program history.


Academic All-Star for the Baylor-Texas Men's Game
2:34 P.M., THU., JAN. 19, 2012

Jacob Neubert, a native of Waco, TX is a Junior on the Baylor Basketball team. Jacob has a 3.79 GPA in Business.

Academic All-Stars are presented by American Bank


Academic All-Star for the Baylor-Missouri Men's Game
2:32 P.M., THU., JAN. 19, 2012

Matt Seligmann, a native of Houston, TX is a Senior on the Baylor Golf team. Matt has a 3.17 GPA in Finance/Real Estate.

Academic All-Stars are presented by American Bank


Academic All-Star for the Baylor-Oklahoma State Men's Game
2:30 P.M., THU., JAN. 19, 2012

Matt Ritchey a native of Big Spring, TX is a sophomore on the Baylor Football team. Matt has a 3.47 GPA in Business.

Academic All-Stars are presented by American Bank


Academic All-Star for the Baylor-Oklahoma State Women's Game
2:58 P.M., TUE., JAN. 17, 2012

Melanie Appel is a junior from Cypress, Texas and is a double-majoring in finance and management. She currently holds a 3.97 GPA!

Academic All-Stars are presented by American Bank


Academic All-Star for the Baylor-Missouri Game
2:56 P.M., TUE., JAN. 17, 2012

Lindsay Palmer is a Tulsa, Oklahoma native and is working on her master's degree in Public Health and Community Health Education. She currently holds a 3.98 GPA! Lindsay has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll five times and has earned First-team Academic All-Big 12 and Dean's List honors. She also received the prestigious NCAA Elite 88 Award at the 2010 Final Four.

Academic All-Stars are presented by American Bank


Academic All-Stars Presented at Women's Basketball Games
2:54 P.M., FRI., JAN. 13, 2012

For each game of the regular season so far, Baylor Women's Basketball has named an "Academic All-Star." Through the first sixteen games the All-Stars are:

Ashley Field: Ashley is a Senior on the Baylor Women's Basketball team. She currently holds a 3.46 GPA.

Liz Paul: Liz is a Sophomore on the Baylor Softball team. She currently holds a 4.00 GPA.

Diana Nakic: Diana is a Senior on the Baylor Tennis team. She currently holds a 3.52 GPA.

Jordan Rice: Jordan is a Senior on the Baylor Volleyball team. She currently holds a 3.43 GPA.

Jessica Ubanyionwu: Jessica is a Senior on the Baylor Track team. She currently holds a 3.96 GPA.

Dana Larsen: Dana is a Junior on the Baylor Soccer team. She currently holds a 4.00 GPA.

Kristie Serrano: Kristie is a Sophomore on the Baylor Acrobatics and Tumbling team. She currently holds a 3.95 GPA.

Kayce Walker: Kayce is a Senior on the Baylor Softball team. She currently holds a 3.76 GPA.

Lindsay Palmer: Lindsay is a Graduate Student on the Baylor Women's Basketball team. She currently holds a 3.98 GPA.

Melanie Appel: Melanie is a Junior on the Baylor Equestrian team. She currently holds a 3.97 GPA.

Diamond Rishardson: Diamond is a Senior on the Baylor Track team. She currently holds a 3.92 GPA.

Catherine West: Catherine is a Sophomore on the Baylor Acrobatics and Tumbling team. She currently holds a 4.00 GPA.

Kaylin Terry: Kaylin is a Sophomore on the Baylor Golf team. She currently holds a 4.00 GPA.

Brittany Hunemiller: Brittany is a Senior on the Baylor Soccer team. She currently holds a 3.96 GPA.

Ryan Batson: Ryan is a Junior on the Baylor Equestrian team. She currently holds a 4.00 GPA.

Mackenzie Robertson: Mackenzie is a Sophomore on the Baylor Women's Basketball team. She currently holds a 3.92 GPA.

The basketball team plays at Texas Saturday, January 15, at 1:30 p.m. CT.


Academic All-Stars Presented at Men's Basketball Games
1:52 P.M., FRI., JAN. 13, 2012

For each game of the regular season so far, Baylor Men's Basketball has named an "Academic All-Star." The first fifteen All-Stars are:

James Gilreath: James is a Senior Accounting major and a member of the Baylor Track team. He currently holds a 3.46 GPA.

Blake Niccum: Blake is a Junior Engineering major and a member of the Baylor Track and Cross Country teams. He currently holds a 4.00 GPA.

Philip Raaf: Philip is a Senior Accounting major and a member of the Baylor Track team. He currently holds a 3.76 GPA.

Robert Griffin III: Robert is a Junior earning his Masters of Communication while playing quarterback for the Baylor Football team. He currently holds a 3.83 GPA.

Nic Florence: Nic is a Sophomore Economics major and a member of the Baylor Football team. He currently holds a 3.76 GPA.

Matt Ritchey: Matt is a Sophomore Business major and a member of the Baylor Football team. He currently holds a 3.47 GPA.

Joakim Mikkelsen: Joakim is a Senior Speech Communication major and a member of the Baylor Golf team. He currently holds a 3.54 GPA.

Lorenzo Scotto: Lorenzo is a Senior Distribution Management Technologies major and a member of the Baylor Golf team. He currently holds a 3.26 GPA.

Matt Seligmann: Matt is a Senior Finance, Insurance and Real Estate major as well as a competitor for the Baylor Golf team. He currently holds a 3.17 GPA.

Jacob Neubert: Jacob is a Junior Business major and a member of the Baylor Men's Basketball team. He currently holds a 3.79 GPA.

Logan Lowery: Logan is a Sophomore Business major and a member of the Baylor Men's Basketball team. He currently holds a 4.00 GPA.

Julian Bley: Julian is a Senior International Business and Economics double major and a member of the Baylor Tennis team. He currently holds a 3.54 GPA and is a 2-time Academic All-Big 12 performer as well as an ITA Scholar Athlete.

Kolt Browder: Kolt is a Junior Engineering major and a member of the Baylor Baseball team. He currently holds a 4.00 GPA.

Steve DalPorto: Steve is a Junior Management Information Systems major and a member of the Baylor Baseball team. He currently holds a 3.85 GPA.

Logan Vick: Logan is a Junior Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate major and a member of the Baylor Baseball team. He currently holds a 3.55 GPA.

The basketball team plays Oklahoma State tomorrow, Saturday, January 14, at 2 p.m. CT. Be sure to come to the Ferrell Center to support your Bears and see who the next Academic All-Star will be.


Burke Advances in Ladies European Tour Q-School
11:33 A.M., THU., JAN. 12, 2012

Former Baylor golfer Hannah Burke finished first Thursday in Group B at the 2012 Ladies European Tour Pre-Qualifying event in La Manga, Spain. After a first-round 74, Burke shot 69, 67 and 67 to finish at 11-under, six strokes ahead of Sweden's Karin Sjodin in Group B play.

Burke, along with the top 35 (plus ties) in each of the two groups advance to the final round of the Q school later this month in Spain for a chance to earn a spot on the Ladies European Tour.