For Immediate Release – 6/29/17 - #337
Six WildCats Named VaSID All-Academic
ASHLAND, VA – On Thursday, the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced their annual Academic All-State Team. Randolph College was represented by six athletes from various sports on the prestigious list. In order to be on this list, a student-athlete must have had a 3.25 GPA or better during the year and be a sophomore or higher. The six were men's soccer player Brian Anderson, equestrian rider Morgan Hoke, men's lacrosse player Spencer Matthews, men's soccer player and track and field athlete Anthony Quinn, women's basketball player Taylor Samuels, and women's tennis player Jenna Sweet.
Anderson earned his third spot on the Academic All-State team this year. He was a force in the midfield for the WildCats. He started 14 of the 15 games he played in, and was essential in distributing the ball and disrupting attacks. Anderson also added a goal early on in the year. In addition, he became the first ever men's soccer player to earn an Academic All-District honor earlier this year by CoSIDA.
Hoke had a tremendous final season for the WildCats, capping off a terrific career. She won the regional and zone title in the Open flat, which saw her qualify for Nationals. At the National Show, she finished fourth. Hoke earned an All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) nod and finished 10th in the nation in the Teresa L. McDonald IHSA Scholarship Challenge, for her Horsemanship. She was also an Academic All-American for the second-straight year.
Matthews terrorized opponents this year for the 'Cats lacrosse team. He was the top defender and routinely guarded the opposing teams top options. Matthews earned a spot on the All-ODAC team after leading the league in the caused turnovers, forcing 39 on the year. He ends his career with the third-most (88) in a Randolph career, despite only playing three seasons.
Quinn put together one of the finest seasons of any athlete. He joined the soccer team for his final season, and he played in every game. He started all but the opener at right-back, using his speed to take away attacks. However, Quinn was even better in hurdle events. He won ODAC titles in the 60- and 110-meter hurdle competitions. He qualified for nationals in the 110-meter hurdles and nearly set the conference record in the National Championship race. He finished seventh and earned the first All-American honor in program history.
Samuels had a big season for the women's basketball team. She was the only player to start every game, helping lead the WildCats to the ODAC Quarterfinals for the first time in over a decade. Samuels averaged a career-high 8.4 points per game and led the team in minutes played, seeing action for 29.2 minutes per game.
Sweet closed off her historic career with another great season. She won 13 singles matches in dual matches and 11 times in doubles action. Sweet ended her career with the most singles (53) and doubles (28) wins in the history of the program, and has the highest win percentage (.815) of a player with more than 20 singles matches played.
All six of the student-athletes excelled in the classroom and in their respective competitions.