Christoph earns academic award

Lady Vol senior midfielder Ali Christoph added a new recognition to her lengthy résumé, ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second-team member, as the awards were announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Christoph ended her career at Rocky Top as the program's all-time leader in games played and started with 93 of each. The Columbus, Ohio, native also stands second in the Tennessee record books with 10 career game-winning goals and 27 assists, tied for fourth with 67 points and knotted in eighth with 20 goals. The senior co-captain tied for the 2006 team lead with six assists while standing third in points (18) and fourth in goals (six).

She becomes the third Orange-and-White clad player to achieve a spot on the academic national team. Former teammates Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart and Kayla Lockaby earned the accolades in 2004, picking up spots on the second and third teams, respectively.

On the three teams, North Carolina and Charlotte both led the way with three honorees, with the Tar Heels boasting the women's soccer Academic All-America Player of the Year, Heather O'Reilly. Navy was the only other program to have two representatives, while 27 other teams all had one player chosen.

Tennessee closed out 2006 in its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament, advancing to the program's fourth "Sweet 16," and with a 12-7-4 record overall.


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