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June 19, 1997

Six UVa Athletes Recognized on Academic All-State Teams

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Tiki Barber earned second-team honors on the Academic All-State Team.
(File photo)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Six University of Virginia athletes are members of the 1996-97 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) Academic All-State Teams.

Zachary Feldman (wrestling), Scott Lebovitz (tennis), and Andriy Shapowal (soccer) are first-team selections, while Tiki Barber (football), Mike Fisher (soccer), and Heather Hale (field hockey) are second-team selections.

Feldman, who graduated last month with a degree in biology, was a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and twice the ACC runner-up in the heavyweight competition. In addition, he qualified for the NCAA Championships the last two years. In 1997, he was the co-captain of the Virginia squad that closed the season with an eight-match winning streak, the longest in 21 years. A native of Dunwoody, Ga., Feldman was named to the Dean's List, Virginia's Athletic Honor Role, and the ACC Honor Roll. In 1996, he received Virginia's Most Outstanding Wrestler Award and the Ralph Sampson Scholarship for academics, leadership and athletics.

Lebovitz, a recent graduate of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce, was the team captain and played number one singles for the Cavaliers during the 1996-97 season. He compiled an overall record of 23-16 and earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors. Lebovitz is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society and received the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award given annually to an outstanding commerce school student for overall academic excellence. He is also a member of the Raven Society for his academic work and service to the University of Virginia, and he received the Norton Pritchett Award which is presented annually to a UVa men's tennis player for exemplary leadership, spirit and service. He was recently named a second-team member of the 1997 GTE Academic All-America University Division Men's Spring At-Large Team.

Shapowal recently completed his junior year in Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce. A native of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, he helped lead the Virginia defense to a team goals against average of 0.83 for the 1996 season. A three-year starter for the Cavaliers, Shapowal had two goals and three assists last fall. He was named to the 1995 ACC All-Tournament team.

Barber, from Roanoke, Va., was recognized as an NCAA Today Top Eight Award winner in 1996, honoring eight distinguished student-athletes for achievement in athletics, academics and leadership. A second round draft choice of the New York Giants in the 1997 NFL Draft, he was named the 1996 Atlantic Coast Conference Football Player of the Year and received the Dudley Award as the College Football Player of the Year in Virginia after rushing for 1,360 yards and 14 touchdowns last fall. A graduate of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce, Barber is UVa's all-time leading rusher with 3,389 yards and ranks 10th in ACC history in that category.

Fisher, a biology major from Batavia, Ill., received the Herman Trophy as the nation's top collegiate player, was a first-team All-American, and the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year in both 1995 and 1996. Fisher is Virginia's all-time leading scorer with 167 points (56 goals, 55 assists) and is the third player in NCAA history to compile 50 or more career goals and assists. He was honored as an NCAA Today's Top Eight selection in January, was a first-team Academic All-America selection and was named GTE Co-Academic All-American of the Year.

Hale, a psychology major from Virginia Beach, Va., is pursuing a program in UVa's College of Arts and Sciences and Curry School of Education that culminates in bachelor of arts/master of teaching degrees. She established a Virginia season record with 20 assists during the 1996 season and finished her UVa career ranked second on the school's career assist list with 37. She also scored nine goals last fall and was a third-team All-America selection. Hale earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference and All-South Region honors for the second consecutive season in 1996. She started all 84 games during her Virginia career, a record for consecutive games started and total games started.

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