Four Soccer Players Named to Verizon Academic All-District Team


Thursday, November 07, 2002

Headshot Dawn Nash
Dawn Nash

Verizon and CoSida (College Sports Information Directors of America) have announced that four members for the University of Alabama women’s soccer team have been named to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-District Team.

Juniors Dawn Nash and Katie Holtzapfel and senior Kim Zarzour were all named first team performers while sophomore Katie French was named to the second team.

Holtzapfel, a Nursing major with a 4.0 GPA, ranked fourth on the team in scoring this year with a career highs in goals (7) and points (16). 

Nash, a Nursing major with a 3.80 GPA, led the team in scoring and ranked sixth in the SEC with 27 points and sixth in the conference with 10 goals.

Zarzour, who has a 4.0 in Communicative Disorders, is no stranger to Verizon Academic honors as she was named a Verizon Academic All-American last season.  She tied her career high in goals scored with five this season including game-winning goals at Tulane and against Chattanooga.

French, a Pre-Major Studies major with a 3.84 GPA, ranked second on the team and seventh in the SEC in points scored with 26.  She tied Nash for the most goals scored with 10 and ranked ninth in the conference in assists with six.

“This honor takes into consideration the academic abilities first and the athletic abilities second,” said Alabama Head Coach Don Staley.  “It also recognizes the contributions made by the outstanding academic supports services.  These young ladies have proven they’ve worked and committed themselves to their academic and athletic endeavors diligently both on and off the field.”

As a result of being named 1st Team All-District, Holtzapfel, Nash and Zarzour all advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.  The Verizon Academic All-America Team will be announced on Tuesday, November 26.