Blanco named academic All-American

OSU’s Sofia Blanco

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STILLWATER–Oklahoma State women’s tennis junior Sofia Blanco has been named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division I Women’s At-Large team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Named to the third team, Blanco is one of 45 women to earn the distinction of Academic All-American in the at-large division for 2018. She is also one of 35 female athletes to earn a 4.0 or better GPA during her undergraduate and/or graduate career. One of only 10 women’s tennis players named to the team, it marks her first time to receive the award.

The at-large teams for the Google Cloud Academic All-America program include the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming & diving, tennis and water polo for both men and women, as well as beach volleyball, bowling, field hockey and rowing for women, and volleyball and wrestling for men.

Blanco has made two Academic All-Big 12 teams in her career at Oklahoma State, and was one of eight women’s tennis athletes in the Big 12 to boast a 4.0 GPA in 2018.

On the court, Blanco was outstanding in her junior season, teaming up with senior Vladica Babic to go on one of the greatest NCAA Individual Championship runs in OSU history last month in advancing to the doubles finals. Blanco and her teammate posted four top-30 wins on the way to the championship match and became the program’s first doubles All-Americans since 1991.

Blanco and Babic finished at 31-9 overall with a 16-3 dual record. The two Cowgirls knocked off 16 ranked opponents over the course of the season, including wins over No. 7 Berg/Cline (South Carolina), No. 1 Fahey/Najarian (Michigan), No. 9 Pairone/Jeanjean (Arkansas), No. 18 Aney/Graham (North Carolina) and No. 21 Federici/Dvorak (Texas Tech). The pair finished the season with the program’s second-highest national doubles ranking at No. 5 overall.

In singles, Blanco wrapped up her junior campaign with a dozen wins, including six in dual competition playing primarily in the No. 5 spot.


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