OKLAHOMA CITY (June 4, 2012) - Oklahoma Christian women's tennis standout Lucie Sipkova was named Monday to the second-team College Division list on the Capital One Academic All-America At-Large teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Sipkova, a sophomore from Pardubice, Czech Republic, became one of only a handful of OC women's tennis players ever to be honored on the Academic All-America list. Only one OC women's tennis player ever has received first-team honors - Gabriela Lancman in 2001.
The College Division Academic All-America teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions. The At-Large category includes student-athletes who participated in tennis, golf, ice hockey, volleyball, wrestling, swimming, bowling, lacrosse and crew, among other sports.
The teams are selected based on a combination of academic and athletic accomplishment.
Sipkova has a 3.51 grade-point average in international business. On the court, she played at the No. 2 and No. 1 singles positions for OC, posting a 13-5 record, as well as at No. 1 doubles, going 18-4. She was No. 14 in singles and No. 3 in doubles in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association NAIA rankings and was named by the ITA as its 2012 NAIA Player to Watch.
She teamed with Hermon Brhane to win the NAIA doubles title in the ITA Small College Championships last October and was a part of OC's team that reached the semifinals of the NAIA Championship last month in Mobile, Ala. It was the furthest an OC women's team in any sport had advanced in NAIA postseason play.
Sipkova is one of five OC athletes during the 2011-12 academic year to receive Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA. Women's basketball player Katy Clift and men's tennis players Renardy Guelfi and Martin Poboril made their respective first-team lists, while Sipkova and men's soccer player Trey Boykin both made their respective second-team lists.
There's a chance that number could increase, as nine OC track and field student-athletes are up for consideration for Academic All-America honors in that sport.