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) earned a spot on the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III Women's At-Large Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Barall was named to the first team and is the third Seahawk to pick up first team honors. Kathy Holmes '02 was a first team Academic All-America Women's At-Large selection in 2002 for women's lacrosse while Andrew Gear '14 was a two-time first team Academic All-America Men's At-Large pick in 2013 and 2014.
She was one of just two female student-athletes from the Capital Athletic Conference to be named an Academic All-American® as Frostburg State University's Maddie Weinberger (swimming) landed on the third team. Barall was also one of 16 women to carry a 4.0 or better grade point average. The 15 members of the women's at-large first team boasted an average GPA of 3.97.
A two-year team captain, she was a straight A student during her academic career and graduated on May 12 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.
She was also a member of four national honor societies – Chi Alpha Sigma, the national collegiate student-athlete honor society for juniors and seniors; Omicron Delta Kappa, the national honor society for student leadership; Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society; and Omicron Delta Epsilon, the national honor society for economics.
Barall served as the Vice President for Outreach on this year's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Executive Board as well as the president of the St. Mary's Votes Club during election season. In addition, she was the treasurer and vice president of the Economics Club.
She is a four-time member of the CAC All-Academic Team and will be a three-time ITA Division III Scholar-Athlete. Barall earned the Louise Victoria Lusby Award for high academic achievement in economics at the 2018 Awards Convocation.
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 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.
Instagram: @smcseahawks, @smcmtennis
Twitter: @smcseahawks, @SMCMtennis
Hashtags: #SweepTheSheds, #GoHawks