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Athletic Director Todd Lowery
Athletic Director Todd Lowery
UTB Athletic Teams - 2:55 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013

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BROWNSVILLE - The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College athletic department held their annual athletic banquet last night at the Grand Salon on the campus of UTB/TSC. 

Over sixty athletes showed up to the event as well was coaches, and office staff. 

Athletic Director Todd Lowery welcomed those in attendance by thanking everyone that has worked really hard in making the 2012-2013 season a success.

In 2012, the women's volleyball team was the Red River Athletic Conference regular season champions, RRAC Tournament champions, had a Final Four appearance at the NAIA National Tournament and ended with an overall record of 30-2.

The women's soccer squad also won both the RRAC regular season trophy as well as the tournament championship. They reached the Elite 8 round of the NAIA National Tournament; the best in program's history and ended with an overall record of 16-4-1.

The men's soccer team reached the quarterfinal round of the RRAC conference tournament and on September 2, 2012 beat the No. 2 team in the country, Baker University. They finished with an overall record of 9-6-3.

The women's golf team earned a second place finish at the UTB Women's Fall Shootout in the fall and was also runner-up at the RRAC Championships. The men's and women's golf programs had a total of thirteen individual top ten finishes during the season. 

The athletes were treated to dinner and entertained by a year in review photo and video collage presented toward the end of the ceremony. 

Some awards that were handed out were as follow:


Lauren Berletch, 2012 NAIA Dr. Leroy Walker Champions of Character Award

Katarina Bursac, RRAC Freshman of the Year

Paula Barros, RRAC Defensive Specialist of the Year 

Michelle Marques, All-Conference 1st team & NAIA All-American Honorable Mention

Ana Guerra, All-Conference 1st team & NAIA 2nd Team All-American

Vanja Joksic, All-Conference 1st team; RRAC Front Row Player of the Year; and 

NAIA 1st Team All-American

Danica Markovic, 2012 NAIA Dr. Leroy Walker Champions of Character Award; RRAC 1st team; RRAC Player of the Year; 2012 NAIA 1st team All-American

Women's Soccer:

Nicole Heer, 2012 RRAC All-Conference Team

Amanda Fulton, Scorpion Award-Team Award

Nelleke Smits, 2012 RRAC All-Tournament Team & Golden Boot/Top Scorer-Team Award 

Monica Mendes, RRAC All Tournament Team & 2012 NAIA Dr. Leroy Walker Champions of Character Award

Isadora Freitas, RRAC All-Tournament Team & NAIA All-American Honorable Mention

Men's Soccer:

Jose Galvan, 2012 NAIA Dr. Leroy Walker Champions of Character Award

Leonardo Medeiros, 2012 RRAC All-Conference Team

Ricardo Diegues, RRAC All-Conference Team & RRAC Offensive Player of the Year


Men's Team

Gage Murphy, Newcomer of the Year-Team Award

Marcus Cavazos , Dedication Award-Team Award

Jeff Hoover, Dedication Award-Team Award


Women's Team

Alainey Muro, Lowest Scoring Average-Team Award

Angela Zepeda, Newcomer of the Year-Team Award

Christian Lira, Dedication Award-Team Award

(Team Awards are given by their respective coaching staff)