ASHLAND, Va. – Six student athletes out of Virginia Wesleyan University have been named to the 2018-19 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-Academic Team for their combined performance both in the classroom and on the playing field. Amber Matalus of volleyball, Jacob Pilarski of baseball, Ann Marie Moffett of women's soccer, Jayla Harris of women's basketball, Skyler Lattuca of men's cross country/track and field and Hanna Hull of softball were all selected by the committee.
Matalus has had an outstanding season, acting as one of the most proficient hitters in Coach Andrea Hoover-Erbig's lineup. The middle has hit at a clip of .298, which ranks fifth in the conference (with nearly 80 more kills then the top four). Matalus has racked up 243 in her 99 sets played, hitting a rate of 2.45 kills-per-set. The junior also broke her career record for kills in a match with 17 against Shenandoah on Sept. 22. Aside from her offense, Matalus has also been a force at the net and at the service line. Her 72 blocks on the season is ranked fifth in the ODAC while her 20 service aces were third on the team. She would go on to receive the program's third ever All-American (Honorable Mention), as well as First Team All-South Region and First Team All-ODAC. She currently holds a 3.60 in Political Sciences and International Studies.
A First Team All-ODAC selection, Pilarski churned out another dominating season. On the mound, the junior was a force, racking up nine wins which is second among ODAC pitchers. His strikeout total was among the best in the conference best as well, punching out 82 batters (the most of his career). The righty has also saw a couple relief opportunities, collecting a pair of saves on the season. The Pittsburgh, Pa. native also moved his way up a few lists in the VWU record books, working the third-most innings in a season (91.0), collecting the second-most wins (9) and tossing the third-most strikeouts (82). Pilarski also got to work at the dish, boasting the second best batting average on the squad (.331) and racking up 39 hits and 18 RBI. In the classroom, he currently maintains a GPA of 3.66 in Mathematics.
Moffett had a terrific season, starting all 21 games for the Marlin squad. A staple of the defense, the senior helped the Marlins limit their opponents to just 1.00 goals a game. Moffett also was able to move up into the offense, servicing long balls into the box. On one such occasion, in a win over Sweet Briar, Moffett collected her lone point with an assist. At the year's end, Moffett was the sole Marlin to take home First Team All-ODAC honors as well as Second Team All-State Accolades. In her school work, she finished her career with a GPA of 3.75 in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology.
Harris had a tremendous senior year, setting career-highs in nearly every statistical category. Over the course of the season, the guard averaged 21.1 points which not only topped every player in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) but also ranked ninth in all of Division III. Out of her 26 games played, Harris hit the 20-point mark in 16 games and the 30-point mark in three games. The Fredericksburg, Va. native also made her way into the VWU record books as she eclipsed the career points mark of 1,910 set by Amy Simpson 33 years ago. Harris finishes out her career with 1,931 points. At the year's conclusion, she was tabbed a D3hoops.com Third Team All-American while also being named both the South Region and the ODAC's Player of the Year. In the classroom, Harris has dominated as well, earning the conference's Marjorie Berkley Scholar-Athlete Award which is given to the female student athlete who best exemplifies the conference not only on the court but also in the classroom. Harris ended her career as a Marlin with a 3.71 GPA in business with a focus in accounting.
Lattuca had an incredible year, finishing in the top-10 in nearly every race. He claimed first in the season opener and would go on to set the program's second-fastest time in the 8K (25.33.20). At the year's conclusion, the Middle Island, N.Y. native earned ODAC Rookie of the Year honors before claiming an All-Region honor as he placed 32nd (out of 239) at the Regional Meet. Lattuca carries a 3.98 GPA while double majoring in Earth and Environmental Sciences and Sustainability Management.
Hull churned out another dominating performance in 2019. She recorded 29 wins against only four losses, leading Division III in total victories. Over the course of her junior campaign, Hull racked up 339 strikeouts which topped all pitchers in Division III. Her ERA of 0.55 was second in the country only to Ally Wiegand of last year's National Runner Up Illinois Wesleyan University. This year she has also tossed four no-hitters to go along with 16 double-digit punch out games. The Chesterfield, Va. native has also cleared a couple benchmarks along the way, hitting her 1,000th career strikeout as well as hitting the 100-wins mark. This year she was also tabbed a First Team All-American, First Team All-South Region and the ODAC's Pitcher of the Year for the third-straight time. Academically, Hull nabbed a CoSIDA Academic All-America nod as she currently maintains a 3.59 GPA in mathematics.