UT Dallas Honors Student-Athletes of the Year

Apr. 26, 2010

UT Dallas recognized the 206 student-athletes that competed during the 2009-10 year at the Athletic Department's annual All-Sports Banquet on Sunday.

Student-athlete award winners

Niki Calverley and Scott Rodgers, winners of the Student-Athlete of the Year Award, are flanked by volleyball coach Marci Sanders and men's basketball coach Terry Butterfield at the award banquet Sunday night.

Basketball standout Scott Rodgers was elected as UT Dallas’ Male Student-Athlete of the Year, while volleyball’s Niki Calverley earned Female Student-Athlete of the Year honors.

Rodgers and Calverley, both All-Conference selections, guided their respective teams into NCAA postseason play.

Rodgers, a UT Dallas Distinguished Scholar-Athlete, was the Comets’ leading scorer (15.5 points per game) and first-ever representative on the elite ASC All-Conference Team. He was also named to the D3HOOPS.COM All-South Region Third Team.

In addition to his accomplishments on the court, Rodgers will depart the basketball program after serving as a three-time ASC Academic All-Conference honoree. Furthermore, he was lionized on the national stage by becoming UT Dallas’ first student-athlete to make the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team.

As the Comets’ setter, Calverley, a junior, led her team to a spotless 25-0 record—the best in all of Division III volleyball—during the 2009 regular season. She not only was placed on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-South Region Team, but also stepped into a spot on the All-American Third Team. Calverley helped UT Dallas defend its ASC title, as she was crowned the MVP of the league playoffs held on the Comets’ home floor.

The All-Sports Banquet was held just one day after all spring sports teams ended their regular season schedules. The event serves as an opportunity for the UT Dallas athletic staff to express its gratitude toward its student-athletes, and to recognize their accomplishments, both athletically and academically.


Media Contact: Bruce Unrue, UT Dallas, (972) 883-6308, bruceunrue@utdallas.edu
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Other Athletic Awards

Additional individual athletic awards were as follows:

GOLF

Most Valuable Player
    (M)–Brent Marshall, (W)–Kristine Chen
Comet Award
    (M)–Surya Prakash, (W)–Chelsea Sargent
Newcomer of the Year
    (M)–Mark Kreml, (W)–Katie Walser

CROSS COUNTRY

Most Valuable Player
    (M)–Daniel Ludwig, (W)–Ashley Cardenas
Comet Award
    (M)–Matt Sanchez, (W)–Ann Marie Haney

TENNIS

Most Valuable Player
    (M)–Eric Debusschere, (W)–Rachel Houston
Comet Award
    (M)–Clint Laukhuf, (W)–Savannah Matlock

BASEBALL

Most Valuable Player–Larry Bolding
Comet Award –Ryan Miner


SOFTBALL

Most Valuable Players
    Caysie Norum, Natalie Duran
Comet Award
    Courtney Lievsay, Samantha Jackson

VOLLEYBALL

Most Valuable Players
    Niki Calverley, Jessica Nassau
Comet Award –Jessica Nassau

SOCCER

Most Valuable Player

    (M)–Jarrod Payne, (W)–Brittany Ansel
Comet Award

    (M)–Billie Dixon, (W)–Kristina Kinner, Andrea Jones

BASKETBALL

Most Valuable Player
    (M)–Jordan Eppink, (W)–Chelsea Edwards
Comet Award
    (M)–Jared Fleming, Andy Maish; (W)–Nikki Kosary
Most Improved - (W)–Rachel Addison

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