SALEM, VA – The best NCAA Division II
players in the country assembled Wednesday evening for the
announcing of the NFCA Division II All-American Teams announced on
the eve of the opening day of the National Championships.
North Georgia, the number one team in the country, was center stage, placing two players on the first team as Sarah Phillips and Courtney McGuire were honored at the event.
Sarah Phillips has been named an NFCA First-Team All-American after posting a record of 37-1 overall, having won 34 straight games and taking home PBC Tournament and Southeast Dahlonega Regional Tournament Most Outstanding Player Honors, while being named First-Team Peach Belt All-Conference, and First-Team All-Southeast Region. The sophomore ace brings a 1.05 earned run average into the Division II World Series, with 238 strikeouts in 246.0 innings of work. The Powell, Ohio, native has recorded four complete game shutouts on the season, including in the Region Championship game against Augusta State. Phillips has allowed no earned 20 different times during the season, her last coming in the World Series clincher in a 1-0 victory over Carson-Newman in the Super Regional Championship.
Courtney McGuire has been named an NFCA First-Team All-American
after hitting .380 as a right fielder with 11 home runs, 46 runs
batted in, and 11 doubles. The junior slugger was named First-Team
All Peach Belt Conference before earning First-Team All-Region
honors for Daktronics and NFCA. McGuire had a season high four RBI
in back-to-back games against Eckerd on March 14, and recorded a
season high three walks against Carson-Newman in the first game of
the 2009 Super Regional in Dahlonega. The Atlanta, Georgia, native
leads the Peach Belt Conference with 57 runs scored, while sitting
second in runs batted in with 46, and third in home runs with
Phillips, McGuire, and the rest of the top-ranked North Georgia team will go to battle Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in the opening round of the Division II National Championships, taking on 16th-ranked Dixie State.