Rebels Have Nine Recognized By MW For Academics

LAS VEGAS, Nev. ( - UNLV had a total of 77 student-athletes earn Spring 2013 Academic All-Mountain West Team recognition, the league office announced on Thursday. The men's basketball program tied for the league lead with four honorees, while women's swimming & diving (20), women's track & field (13) and baseball (11) had double-digit representatives.

The Rebel softball program had nine individuals - Tayler Aleman, Garie Blando, Jamie DePippo, Francesca Foti, Emily Haslinger, Pauline Monreal, Amanda Oliveto, Tayler Van Acker and Tara Woodall - recognized for their efforts in the classroom.

Aleman became the 14th member of the program to earn academic all-conference honors all four years of her career dating back to 2001. Van Acker has graced the academic team three consecutive years, while Monreal, Oliveto and Woodall are all two-time honorees. Blando, DePippo, Foti and Haslinger were freshmen in 2013.

In fact, if you include the five student-athletes that made the 2013 MPSF Men's Swimming & Diving All-Academic Team, UNLV had a total of 82 individuals that were acknowledged for their efforts in the classroom this spring. The 2013 total marked the ninth straight year that at least 81 Rebels were recognized.

Women's basketball, men's golf, women's golf, men's tennis and women's tennis rounded out UNLV's spring sports with each program contributing four individuals.

For the 2012-13 academic year, UNLV had 129 student-athletes - 121 Mountain West and eight MPSF - earn either Fall or Spring honors. That number extends the athletic department's run to eight consecutive years with at least 124.

Overall, 729 student-athletes from the MW were named to the academic team. Spring sports include baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf, softball, women's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's track & field.

To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least one academic team at the member institution, while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, and be a starter or significant contributor on their athletics team.