Six Marlins Named to Academic All-State Team
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Six Virginia Wesleyan College student-athletes were named to the Academic All-State team released by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) this week.
Tyler Chang (men's tennis), Dustin Ogburn (men's track & field/cross country), Tyler Ostrovecky (men's soccer), Kellen Phillips (women's basketball/women's tennis), Emilee Pierson (volleyball), and Brittany Wentzel (women's soccer) were all acknowledged.
A total of 234 student-athletes from 41 colleges and universities across the state were recognized. To be eligible a student-athlete had to have at least a 3.25 GPA and be a sophomore or higher.
Chang, a senior computer science/mathematics double major, completed his final tennis campaign with All-ODAC and All-State First Team honors in singles and doubles, going 13-4 in singles play with a 16-4 mark in doubles.
Ogburn, a mathematics/education double major, had a successful first season for the Marlin track & field team after transferring from Delaware Tech. He ran the mile and the 800m in the indoor season before focusing on the 800m and 1,500m in the outdoor season this spring.
Ostrovecky, a sophomore environmental studies/dual engineering major, continues to stand out in the classroom after being named to the ODAC All-Academic Team as a freshman. He made starts in 11 of the 13 matches he played this year while posting his first career points. The defender scored a goal at CNU and assisted on a tally against Wesley.
Phillips, a sophomore biology major, is a unique addition to the Academic All-State team as she competed in two different sports in the last year. She played in 10 games during basketball team, making one start. Her time increased throughout the season, pulling down a career high of four rebounds against Lynchburg on February 13. On the tennis court, she spent the majority of the year at No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles.
Pierson, a comprehensive liberal studies-secondary education major, served as one of the Marlins' two setters in a record-breaking volleyball season. She helped VWC win a program-best 24 matches with an appearances in its first ODAC Championship match. She set a career-best with 25 assists against Randolph on October 13.
Wentzel, a junior biology major, was one of two Marlins to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District in the 2015-16 athletic year. She appeared in 20 games, making five starts, while scoring two goals on the season.