Oct. 30, 2008
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton senior defender Jenae Gibbens and sophomore defender Tamara Dewey were each named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 Teams as released by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday morning.
Gibbens, a marketing major at Cal State Fullerton, was named to the all-district first team for the second straight year and is now eligible to be named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team that will be released on Nov. 18. She was named a Third-Team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American as a junior in 2007.
One of 10 finalists for this year's Lowe's Senior CLASS Award (vote for Jenae by clicking here), Gibbens is a two-time All-Big West Conference selection and was the league's Defender of the Year as a junior. The senior has started the last 53 straight matches dating back to her sophomore season and was the Cal State Fullerton's 2007 Big West Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
On the field, Gibbens enters the final weekend of the regular season ranked second on the team in scoring with 12 points that includes three goals (all game-winning scores) and six assists while starting all 18 matches this season. Her assist total places her in a four-way tie for the lead in the Big West Conference while her three game-winners also stands tied for the top spot in the league.
Dewey, a kinesiology major at Cal State Fullerton, was named to the all-district second team in 2008, adding her academic credentials to her play on the field, scoring four goals and tallying an assist in 15 matches this season.
The two Titans joined Long Beach State's Lindsay Bullock (second-team honoree) as selections from the Big West Conference.
To be eligible for the Academic All-District Team, the student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve, maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at her institution, and must have completed at least one full academic year at her institution.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.
Gibbens, Dewey and the rest of the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team returns to the field on Sunday (Nov. 2) at 2 p.m. as the Titans travel to Cal State Northridge for their final match of the 2008 regular season.