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CV grad excels in classroom
Abigail Martinez smiles
Abigail Martinez

Central Valley High School grad/Stanislaus State women’s soccer player Abigail Martinez has been named to the California Collegiate Athletic Association Fall Academic Honor Roll.

She also made the Dean’s List.

“Obviously, it’s great publicity for her and the team,” head coach Gabriel Bolton said. “Our players like Abby put in the hard work. They’ve gotten a lot of support and understanding from their professors and the athletic department.”

“I attribute my big and small successes to my family since they push me to be the best version of myself and always support me and are a reminder of who I want to make proud in my life,” Martinez stated.

A total of 42 Stanislaus student-athletes, including 15 from the women’s soccer program, earned CCAA Academic honors.

The distinction was given to athletes who were sophomores in academic standing and obtained a grade-point average of at least 3.3.

Bolton’s team had an overall GPA of 3.36 during the fall semester.

“We have a lot of smart women on our team,” Bolton said. “We have even more women that are hard-working. That’s the best predictor of success in college and life.”

Martinez was among 98 student-athletes from Stanislaus State to earn Dean’s List recognition. Recipients earned a minimum of 12 units of credit of graded coursework and achieved a 3.5 GPA.

Although Martinez and other Warrior student-athletes did not compete in the fall of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, they still dedicated time to team meetings, workouts and drills on Zoom.

“It’s been a transition going from in-person learning to distance learning,” Bolton said. “Abby is a great example of the resiliency we have on our team.”

“All my classes were online and it wasn’t a smooth transition at first since I had never taken an online course before,” Martinez said. “It was very stressful and scary at the beginning. Not getting to play soccer due to COVID was very devastating for my team and I because we were excited for the new season and what we could bring to the pitch. Not only that but we were ready to accomplish more goals as a team.”

Stanislaus State student-athletes concluded the fall 2020 semester with record–high department GPA of 3.275. They beat the previous spring 2020 semester GPA of 3.215.

A total of 30 athletes earned 4.0 GPAs this past fall.

Martinez contributed off the bench as a true freshman at Stanislaus State. The 2019 Warriors compiled a 15-6-0 overall record, advanced to the NCAA Division-II Tournament and finished in fourth place in the CCAA standings (8-4).

Martinez, a defensive midfielder, was on the field for 208 minutes.

She played in total of 10 games.

She logged a career-high 47 minutes of playing time in a 2-0 win over Concordia Portland.

Martinez was a late addition to the team. Sonoma State also expressed interest in signing her.

“I look for players that are serious about their academics,” Bolton said. 

“I’m proud to be part of the Stanislaus State women’s soccer team because I have great teammates and coaches that are very supportive and push me to keep striving for success no matter the circumstances,” Martinez said.