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SLU's Hailee Elmore Named Academic All-American

Release: 06/10/2011
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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

June 10, 2011

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Saint Louis women's tennis standout Hailee Elmore has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Elmore was selected to the third team in the at-large category, which is comprised of student-athletes in bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo.

Elmore is the 36th Saint Louis student-athlete and the first Billiken tennis player to garner Academic All-America plaudits. Her selection marks the 43rd time a SLU student-athlete has been tabbed for the prestigious honor.

Elmore earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication sciences and disorders in 2010, graduating summa cum laude. She recently completed her first year of graduate study in communication sciences and disorders while competing in her final season of eligibility for the Billikens.

"Hailee Elmore is an amazing example of an ultra-successful student-athlete," Saint Louis head tennis coach Jonathan Zych said. "Becoming an Academic All-American is very rewarding for her because of the great challenge it presented. Hailee showed what someone with consistent focus and persistent will can achieve. She has shown all of us in the Billiken tennis program that anything is possible if you believe in yourself. I am very proud of her, and I appreciate all her hard work and service to Saint Louis University."

Elmore's selection as an Academic All-American follows her inclusion on the Academic All-District 7 first team for a second consecutive year. She is the first Billiken women's tennis player to garner first-team Academic All-District accolades more than once. Elmore was named to the Academic All-District 7 second team during her sophomore season.

Earlier this week, Elmore was named one of four recipients of an Atlantic 10 Conference Postgraduate Scholarship. In April, she was selected the A-10 women's tennis Most Outstanding Performer for a second consecutive season and collected A-10 women's tennis Student-Athlete of the Year laurels. Elmore made the All-Conference first team and the Academic All-Conference squad for a third consecutive year and helped lead the Billikens to second place at the A-10 Championship, the best finish in program history. She was named SLU's 2011 Outstanding Female Senior Student-Athlete and earned A-10 Player of the Week recognition for a third time in her career March 14.

After posting records of 22-6 in singles and 16-11 in doubles this season, Elmore concluded her career as the Billikens' all-time leader in singles and doubles victories. She registered a .788 winning percentage in singles (93-25) and a .673 winning percentage in doubles (74-36). Her singles record included a 10-0 mark in A-10 Championship matches and a school-record 31 wins (31-3) in 2009-10. In addition, Elmore became the first SLU women's tennis player to earn a national ranking, coming in at No. 118 in the April 12, 2011, Intercollegiate Tennis Association NCAA Division I national singles rankings.

A representative on SLU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a three-year team captain, Elmore earned a place on the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll (minimum 3.5 grade point average) every semester. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa-Missouri Chapter and was the 2010 recipient of SLU's Donald G. Brennan Academic Excellence Award. Elmore has served as a volunteer at Karen House homeless shelter, Catch a Falling Star after-school program and the Abraham Lincoln National Arboretum.

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