Nebraska Wesleyan University women’s soccer players and twin sisters Aleisha and Melanie Menning were both named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Women’s Soccer team that was recently announced. Both Menning sisters were selected on the District VII First-Team in the college division.
Aleisha and Melanie now advance to the ballot for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America women’s soccer team. The men’s team will be announced November 18.
Aleisha Menning, a senior from Hastings, Neb., has a 3.99 GPA in Biology and Spanish. She started all 17 games during the 2010 season and started 70 of 71 games during her four-year career as a key member of the NWU defense. Earlier this season she scored her first career goal in a match against Coe College. Last season, Aleisha was a CoSIDA Second-Team Academic All-District selection.
Melanie Menning, also a senior from Hastings, Neb., has a 3.99 GPA in Biology and Spanish. She played in all 17 games as a defender for the Prairie Wolves, starting in 16 of the matches. For her career she also started 70 of 71 games she played in during four seasons. Melanie handed out her first career assist in the win over Coe College. As a junior, she was named a CoSIDA Second-Team Academic All-District award winner.
Student-athletes must meet four criteria to earn ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District honors: 1) must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better, 2) must have at least two terms of attendance at the institution, 3) must be at least a sophomore in athletic eligibility, 4) must be a starter or key reserve in their respective sport.
The All-District selection is determined by voting of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). District VII is comprised of NCAA Division II and Division III and NAIA institutions from the states of Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.