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
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
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
Gage Murphy, Newcomer of the Year-Team Award
Marcus Cavazos , Dedication Award-Team Award
Jeff Hoover, Dedication Award-Team Award
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)