Barall Claims Academic All-District® Honors

Melissa Barall - Academic All-District Women's At-Large First Team
Melissa Barall - Academic All-District Women's At-Large First Team

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

St. Mary's City, Md. – St. Mary's College of Maryland women's tennis player Melissa Barall (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) earned a spot on the 2017 Academic All-District® Division III Women's At-Large Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). CoSIDA announced teams representing eight districts on Thursday afternoon.

Barall is part of a 14-person team representing District 2, which is comprised of the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.

She was one of three female student-athletes from the Capital Athletic Conference to land the honor as Marymount (Va.) University's Kellen Cannon (lacrosse – District 5) and University of Mary Washington's Kirsten Littlefield (lacrosse - District 5) also made the team.

The 5-5 junior now advances to the Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second-, and third-team All-America honorees will be selected in early June.

Barall, a team captain this season, has been a straight A student during her first three years at St. Mary's. She currently boasts a 4.0 cumulative grade point average as a triple major in economics, political science, and public policy studies. As if three majors weren't daunting enough, Barall is also minoring in mathematics. This past fall, she spent the semester abroad in Ireland.

She has made the school's Dean's List every semester, which awards those students who earn a minimum semester grade-point average of 3.50 or better on all courses attempted with at least 12 credit hours taken for a letter grade. Barall was just named a St. Mary's Scholar for 2016; an honor bestowed upon juniors and seniors who have earned at least 32 credit-hours and whose cumulative GPA is 3.50 or better.

The Columbia, Md. native is also a member of three national honor societies on campus – Chi Alpha Sigma, the national collegiate student-athlete honor society for juniors and seniors; Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society; and Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.

Barall is the incoming Vice President for Outreach on the 2017-18 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Executive Board and also served as president of the St. Mary's Votes Club. In addition, she was the treasurer for the Economics Club. Barall is a two-time member of the CAC All-Academic Team (and counting) and was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III Scholar-Athlete in 2015.

On the court, she has accumulated a career singles record of 35-15 with 17 wins at No. 1 singles and 13 victories coming at No. 2 singles. Barall was selected as the 2015 CAC Women's Tennis Rookie of the Year and picked up second team All-CAC honors at No. 2 singles after going 15-2 (6-1 CAC) in dual matches, including a 13-2 mark at No. 2 singles. Last season, she finished her sophomore campaign ranked 24th in the Atlantic South region by the ITA. 

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