Dec. 21, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, NC – Fayetteville State softball players Ashley Wlezen, Sierra Henderson-Holmes and Amber Nyce were recognized for their work in the classroom by being named Academic All-Americans by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). The three student-athletes receive the honor after meeting the criteria of maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average during the 2011-12 academic year.
“I am very proud of these young student-athletes; they have worked hard on the field and in the classroom,” said head coach Miguel “Coach Who” Justiniano, Jr. “It is easy to be distracted, but these three were determined to put education ahead of everything else. As a coach I extremely proud of these three student-athletes; they are what a student-athlete should be.”
Wlezen, a junior first/third baseman, is a Middle Grade Education major from Charlotte, North Carolina. She finished the 2012 season with a .218 average (26-for-119) at the plate while starting in all 47 games. Wlezen had one home run and 16 RBI to go with her five doubles and 34 total bases. She recorded a .286 slugging percentage and .299 on-base percentage, and was tied for fourth on the team in stolen bases with four. Wlezen tallied 12 walks and a fielding percentage of .910.
“Being a student-athlete, the student part always comes first,” says Wlezen. “Getting this honor again shows that if you strive for what you want, you can succeed.”
A native of Olivia, North Carolina, Henderson-Holmes is a sophomore catcher/infielder who is majoring in Physical Education. She was fifth on the team last season with a .274 batting average (29-106) and third in RBI with 11. Henderson-Holmes started in all 39 games she played in, and posted a .330 slugging percentage and .345 on-base percentage. She collected four doubles and one triple, and walked seven times.
“I am very proud to have been named an Academic All-American,” stated Henderson-Holmes. “I worked very hard for it throughout my freshman year in order to accomplish this goal. It wasn’t always easy. Actually, it wasn’t easy most of the time because of how much commitment it took.”
Nyce played in three games last season with one start, and hit .500 in four plate appearances. She tallied two total bases and one walk, and scored two runs.