CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – For the second consecutive season, five members of the Virginia women’s golf team were named to the All-ACC Academic Team today (June 13). The five selections were the most of any ACC school. Four of the five were repeat honorees.
The players recognized were sophomore Jennifer Cleary (Wilmington, Del.), graduate student Beth Lillie (Fullerton, Calif.), freshman Amanda Sambach (Pinehurst, N.C.), senior Riley Smyth (Cary, N.C.) and junior Celeste Valinho (Jacksonville, Fla.). All five players competed for UVA during the 2022 NCAA Championships where the Cavaliers placed 15th.
Lillie was honored by the fourth time during her career while Cleary, Smyth and Valinho were named to the squad for the second consecutive year.
Lillie capped her UVA career with her second consecutive ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championships while Sambach and Cleary were named to the All-ACC squad this year. Sambach also picked up honorable mention All-America honors from the Women’s Golf Coaches Association after leading the team with a 72.85 stroke average this season. All five players had at least one top-10 finish during the season topped by Cleary’s five.
Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career for undergraduate students. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.