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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Four West Coast Conference women's soccer student-athletes earned selection to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 teams as announced by the organization last week. Two student-athletes - BYU's Sarah Chambers and Pepperdine's Ally Holtz - earned first team honors
In order to be considered, student-athletes must be a starter of key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or better and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing. District 8 consists of Division I schools from Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
As a result of making the first team, Chambers and Holtz are now eligible for Academic All-America honors. Capsules on the four Academic All-District 8 honorees runs below.
SARAH CHAMBERS, JR., D - BYU (FIRST)
Sarah Chambers moved from the back line after spending her first two seasons with the Cougars as a forward. Since making the transition, Chambers has started each match for the Cougars and has helped the team to an 11-match winning streak and has keyed a defense racking up nine shutouts. A chemical engineering major, Chambers owns a 3.91 GPA.
SOFIA HUERTA, SR., F - SANTA CLARA (SECOND)
A two-time WCC Player of the Week selection, Huerta ranks second among league leaders in goals (15) and points (33). The senior striker leads the league in game-winners with six, good for sixth among NCAA Division I national leaders. Huerta owns a 3.36 GPA in communications.
ALLY HOLTZ, SR. M - PEPPERDINE (FIRST)
Ally Holtz previously earned spots on the West Coast Conference's All-Academic first team in 2013 and honorable mention in 2012. This season, Holtz has a goal and a team-high seven assists. She's started 14 of 18 games. Last year, she made the All-WCC second team. Holtz, a business administration major, has a 3.90 GPA.
KRISTINE HILLIARD, SR., M - PEPPERDINE (SECOND)
Kristine Hilliard earned Academic All-District second team honors for the third straight year. She's the first Pepperdine women's soccer player to be honored by Capital One/CoSIDA three times. The midfielder has made 13 appearances off the bench this season, and also earned a victory as an emergency goalkeeper. Hilliard made the WCC All-Academic first team in 2012. Hilliard, a business administration major, has a 3.94 GPA.