For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Mary's City, Md. – St. Mary's College of Maryland women's tennis player Melissa Barall (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) landed on the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Division III Women's At-Large First Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for the second straight year. CoSIDA announced teams representing eight districts on Thursday afternoon.
Barall is part of a 10-person team representing District 2, which is comprised of the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.
She was one of three female student-athletes from the Capital Athletic Conference to pick up the award as Frostburg State University's Maddie Weinberger (swimming) and University of Mary Washington's Kait Brogan (tennis – District 5) and Megan Murphy (swimming – District 5) also made the team. As a first team selection, the 5-5 senior now advances to the Academic All-America® ballot.
A two-year team captain, Barall has been a straight A student during her entire academic career. She graduated this past Saturday as the co-valedictorian after finishing with a 4.0 cumulative grade point average as a triple major in economics, political science, and public policy studies. As if three majors weren't enough, Barall also minored in mathematics.
She made the Dean's List every semester, which awards those students who earn a minimum semester grade-point average of 3.50 or better on all courses attempted with at least 12 credit hours taken for a letter grade. Barall was named a St. Mary's Scholar for 2016 and 2017; an honor bestowed upon juniors and seniors who have earned at least 32 credit-hours and whose cumulative GPA is 3.50 or better.
Barall was also a member of four national honor societies on campus – Chi Alpha Sigma, the national collegiate student-athlete honor society for juniors and seniors; Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society; Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society; and Omicron Delta Epsilon, the national economics honor society.
She served as the Vice President for Outreach on this year's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Executive Board as well as the president of the St. Mary's Votes Club during election season. In addition, Barall was the treasurer and vice president of the Economics Club. She will be a four-time member of the CAC All-Academic Team and two-time ITA Division III Scholar-Athlete.
On the court, Barall finished with a program second-best .712 (47-19) career win percentage as well as ranking third all-time with 47 career singles wins. She owns the program's best single-season win percentage at .850 after going 17-3 as a first-year in 2015. In doubles action, Barall ranks fifth all-time with 33 doubles victories.
She was selected as the 2015 CAC Rookie of the Year and has notched second team All-CAC honors twice (2015 and 2018). Barall finished her sophomore year ranked 24th in the Atlantic South region by the ITA.
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