Sprinkmeyer Named to C-USA All-Academic Team
Senior Pursuing Graduate Degree, Currently With 4.0 GPA
IRVING -- Over her four-year Mean Green career, Franziska Sprinkmeyer's hard work and leadership on the court has continually inspired her teammates. In the classroom, the senior shines just as bright, and for her hard work she has earned a spot on the 2015 Conference USA All-Academic Team. It is the first time in her career she has achieved this honor and she is one of only six players in the league on the team.
"I feel honored to be named to the All-Academic Team," Sprinkmeyer said. "It has been a pleasure for me to represent the University of North Texas on and off the tennis court for the last four years."
Sprinkmeyer earned her psychology degree and Spanish minor in May 2014 with a 3.94 GPA. Because it took her only three years to complete, she began graduate school in August 2014 and is currently pursuing a degree in recreation, event and sport management. Through one semester, she boasts a perfect 4.0 GPA in the program.
In her first three years, Sprinkmeyer was named to the President's list five times and the Dean's list two times, while receiving North Texas Academic Excellence, Mean Green Scholar-Athlete and C-USA Scholar-Athlete awards in 2013 and 2014. She also volunteers her time to be a statistics tutor and helps other student-athletes who are struggling with the subject.
Sprinkmeyer realizes that it is difficult to balance sport and school, but knows it is all worth it in the end because of the things she has accomplished and the experiences she has had at North Texas.
"As a student-athlete, we have to be able to organize our school work on a daily basis and to work under time and peer pressure," Sprinkmeyer explained. "It makes it all much easier if you love what you do. And I love being on the tennis court and competing with my team, while pursuing a masters degree in recreation, event and sport management."
The Mean Green begin the C-USA Tournament on Thursday against LA Tech. Sprinkmeyer and fellow senior Kseniya Bardabush, who was just named C-USA Player of the Week, will pair up at No. 1 singles as usual.