The University of Texas at  Tyler Magazine - Spring 2011

Patriot Athletics: Season Highlights

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UT Tyler student-athletes won championships, made top national rankings and garnered a host of athletic and academic honors for the 2010 fall and 2010-11 winter seasons. 

Highlights of UT Tyler’s fall and winter sports included: 


The American Southwest Conference, East Division, honored UT Tyler volleyball and men’s cross country teams with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Team Sportsmanship Award for the fall season. 

The award, in its fourth academic year, honors the member institution in each ASC championship sport that best displays positive qualities of sportsmanship and fair play from its student-athletes, coaches and fans throughout the season. Student-Athlete Advisory committees from the conference’s 15 member institutions vote on the recipients. 



The Patriot men finished the winter season 12-14 overall and 11-9 in ASC play, making their fourth consecutive ASC tournament appearance. The UT Tyler women’s team finished the season 11-14 overall and 9-11 in ASC play. 

All-ASC Honors: Six players in UT Tyler men’s and women’s basketball were named to 2011 ASC All-Conference teams. 

For the Patriot men, junior Brandon LeVine was named to the All-East Division Second Team and senior Michael Johnson was an honorable mention selection. Senior Jonathan Joyner was named to the East Division’s All-Defensive Team. 

On the women’s team, She’Cara Humphrey was chosen by ASC coaches as the East Division’s Freshman of the Year. Senior Melissa Thomas was named to the First Team and sophomore Paige Parrish received honorable mention. 

LeVine led the UT Tyler men with 14.0 points per game and topped the Patriots in free throw percentage, hitting better than 75-percent on the season.  

Johnson followed LeVine with 10.5 points per game and led the Patriots in assists (3.5 apg) and steals (1.2 spg).  

Joyner controlled the boards for the UT Tyler men, grabbing an average of 4.5 rebounds per game. He also blocked two shots per game and averaged 6.5 points. 

Humphrey averaged 5.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. 

Thomas was the Patriots’ leading scorer with 14.5 per game and she made 45 three-pointers for the season. Thomas also pulled down 4.7 rebounds per contest. 

Parrish, last year’s ASC East Freshman of the Year and a first team selection,  had 13.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game while leading the Patriots in steals (1.4 spg). 

ASC East Division Players of the Week: On the men’s side, Levine was named Player of the Week for the final week of the regular season. He averaged 26.7 points, five rebounds and two assists over a 2-1 week that included an 82-81 overtime road win against the Ozarks. The win secured an ASC tournament spot for the Patriots. 

UT Tyler junior forward Lance Murphy was named Player of the Week for Dec. 7-11 games against Howard Payne and Sul Ross State. The Pflugerville, Texas, native averaged 20 points, seven rebounds and two steals to fuel a pair of conference victories for the Patriots. 

On the women’s team, Parrish averaged 25 points over a pair of conference road victories and was named Player of the Week for her efforts. The sophomore went for a season-high 31 points to help fuel a come-from-behind 71-67 win over Texas Lutheran. She also posted 19 in an 84-45 victory over Schreiner. 


Men’s Team

The Patriot men won their fifth ASC championship, with junior Jeff Chandler taking the individual men's top spot at the league's championship meet on the UT Tyler campus Oct. 30. Along with Chandler, three other Patriots finished in the top 10. Joncary Faubion finished in fifth place with a 26:57 time, Will Krogman came in at seventh at 27:29 and Mark Saroni finished in 28:06 for 10th place overall. 

Chandler finished fourth place overall in the 2010 NCAA Division III Men’s South/Southeast Regional Cross Country Meet at Rhodes College Nov. 13. Chandler ran the 8K in a 25:15 time, a school record, and led the UT Tyler men to a 13th place finish as a team. With his time, Chandler earned All-Region honors and qualified to participate in the national meet as an individual. 

In other accomplishments, Chandler was the individual men’s champion at the Texas Division III State Cross Country Championships at Texas Lutheran University. He was named ASC Men’s Runner of the Week twice during the season. 

Women’s Team 

The UT Tyler women finished third in the ASC Championship Tournament, with Jessica Waninger leading the team and placing fourth as an individual. 

Waninger, Baylee Talska and Missy Hebert were entered as individuals in the NCAA Division III Women’s South/Southeast Region Cross Country meet. Waninger broke her own school record with a 23:55 time, good enough for 45th place in the women’s race. Hebert and Talaska also ran personal bests for the 6K race. Hebert came in 93rd overall in a time of 25:15. Talaska posted a 25:53 and placed 117th. 

In other accomplishments, Waninger was the team’s top finisher at the Texas Division III State Cross Country Championships. She came in third with a time of 24:27 in the 6K meet.  Hankla was UT Tyler's next best finisher, coming in with a 15th-place time of 25:59. 


Top 10 National Ranking: UT Tyler was one of only two NCAA Division III schools in the nation with both its golf teams ranked in the top 10, according to the national rankings in early October. 

The UT Tyler men were ranked eighth in the nation, coming in with a 247-13 record against Division III opponents and an adjusted scoring average of 74.51. The Patriots were 4-4 vs. Top 25 teams at the time. They finished third at the UT Tyler Fall Invitational and fifth at the prestigious GolfWeek Invitational.  

The Patriot women were ranked 10th in the nation with a 137-8 record against DIII competition and an 83.05 scoring average. The women had one victory over a Top 25 team at the time. They were coming off a first-place finish at the UT Dallas Comet Invitational and a second-place finish at the UT Tyler Fall Invitational. 

The only other school with two teams in the top 10 was Methodist, the defending national champion for both the men and women.  


The men’s team finished the 2010 campaign with a 13-3-2 mark, winning the ASC regular season and tournament titles and advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Patriot women finished the season with a 14-5 record, advancing to the ASC championship match. 

Players on both teams capped off the season with prestigious honors. 

Men’s Honors 

All-ASC Selections: Junior defender Jake Urbaniak was named ASC Defensive Player of the Year and, along with freshmen Elijah Shipman and Enoch Shipman, highlighted several All-Conference selections for the men's team. 

Also, head coach Kenny Jones was named the ASC Coach of the Year, after leading the Patriots to their second ASC Championship in three years.

Urbaniak was named ASC Defensive Player of the Year after spearheading a UT Tyler unit that allowed a league-low 11 goals in 16 games. Urbaniak, who guided the Patriots to the conference and regular season title, also chipped in five assists and two scores. 

Elijah Shipman was named the league's Offensive Freshman of the Year after scoring six goals and providing four assists in his first collegiate season, while brother Enoch earned the Defensive Freshman of the Year honor.

Urbaniak was joined on the ASC First Team by senior midfielder Brandon Warren (four goals), junior midfielder Victor Almendariz (three goals) and senior goalkeeper Mark Oliphant, who only yielded eight goals all season while making 39 saves.

Sophomore forward Chris Powell, the Patriots' scoring leader with eight goals, joined Elijah Shipman on the Second Team, and defender Alex Collins, a freshman, was named to the Third Team.   

All-American, All-Region: Urbaniak was named to the 2010 Men’s Soccer Third-Team All-America. 

He joined Oliphant, Warren, Almendariz and Elijah Shipman in earning National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Performance Subaru 2010 NCAA Division III Men's All-West Region honors. 

Oliphant joined Urbaniak on the All-Region First Team. Warren was named to the All-Region Second Team. Making the All-Region Third Team were Almendariz and Elijah Shipman. 

ASC All-Tournament: Patriots named to the 2010 ASC All-Tournament Team were Urbaniak (Most Valuable Player), Oliphant, Powell and junior midfielder Justin NeSmith. 

ASC Players of the Week: Powell was named Player of the Week on Oct. 11, after notching two goals over two games to fuel conference victories against East Texas Baptist and LeTourneau. Elijah Shipman received the honor on Sept. 28, after scoring goals in conference road wins against Mary Hardin-Baylor and Howard Payne. 

Women’s Honors 

All-ASC: Kristen Chockley, Amanda Weaver, Analiz Medina, Kendall Kramer, Lauren Thomas and Morgan Dux were named to the 2010 All-ASC Women's Soccer First Team.

Lauren Daily was named to the Second Team, giving the Patriots seven total selections. 

Seniors Chockley and Dux, along with sophomore Weaver, led a defense that allowed opponents just 15 goals the entire season – less than one goal per game.  The defense yielded the competition only 8.3 shots per game. 

In goal, Dux made 41 saves while giving up only nine goals. 

On the offensive side, Kramer, Medina and Thomas – all seniors – were the Patriots' leading scorers, netting 11, nine and six goals, respectively. 

Kramer led the team in points with 28 while Thomas had a team-high 58 shots on the year. 

All-Region: Kramer, Chockley and Medina were named to the 2010 NSCAA/Performance Subaru Women's Soccer NCAA Division III All-West Region team. The three also received ASC All-Tournament honors. 

Academic All-District: Kramer and Ashley Crawford were named to the 2010-11 CoSIDA ESPN Academic All-District women’s soccer teams. 

A finance major, Crawford was named to the All-District First Team. Kramer, a psychology major, received Second Team honors. 

Team Academic Award: The Patriot women received the Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association for their performance in the classroom during the 2010 season. 

This is the second consecutive year for the women’s team to receive the award. To qualify, a team must have a minimum 3.0 team grade point average for the academic year. 

ASC Players of the Week: Crawford was named Player of the Week Oct. 11, after spearheading a unit that recorded conference shutouts against LeTourneau and East Texas Baptist. Dux received the honor Sept. 28, after posting shutouts in conference play against Mary Hardin-Baylor and Howard Payne. 


ASC Singles/Doubles: UT Tyler’s Josh Chavez won the men's No. 1 flight singles in the ASC Singles/Doubles Tournament. Chavez downed Howard Payne's Edward Martinez, 6-3, 6-0. 

UT Tyler's Adam Chirhart won the flight No. 2 men's singles and Kevin Wright took the flight No. 3 singles for the Patriots. In doubles action, Henrique Bellini and Chirhart won the No. 2 doubles flight and the duo of Wright and Kevin Singer were victorious in the No. 3 doubles flight.  

The Patriots also won the men's No. 5 doubles flight with Ethan LaPlante and Steven Prince coming out on top.  

On the women's side, Lauren Giovannini beat Mary Hardin Baylor's Mallory Aarhus, 7-5, 7-5, in the No. 2 singles flight. 

UT Tyler’s Brittany Trich, Emily McRae and Morgan Wilkins all won their singles flights. 

UT Tyler swept all four flights of women's doubles, with McRae and Sydni Hermsdorf winning the top flight, Michelle Hagler and Jessica Blundell winning the No. 2 flight, Giovannini/Ashley Albro taking the No. 3 doubles flight, and Wilkins and Trich closing it out with the No. 4 doubles flight win. 

ITA Regional Doubles: Sydni Hermsdorf and Emily McRae teamed-up to win the 2010 ITA Southwest Region Doubles Championship in San Antonio. The top-seeded pair, which took a 6-2, 6-3 win over Hardin-Simmons’ Lisa Mertz/Jennifer Chueng in the finals, advanced to the ITA National Championships in Mobile, Ala. 


The UT Tyler volleyball team finished its season with an overall record of 16-17 after advancing to the ASC Championship Tournament. 

UT Tyler’s junior outside hitter Danika Waldrep was honored twice as ASC East Division Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week twice during the season. 

She was first honored Sept. 13, after the Patriots swept their opponents at the Austin College Classic, rattling off four consecutive wins. Waldrep, who was named to the All-Tournament Team, led the Patriots with 52 kills and a .438 attack percentage. She was also the team leader defensively with 70 digs, followed closely by Sarah Smith with 68 digs. 

Ashten Waldrep posted 80 assists for the weekend. Other leaders were Kelsey Winn with 43 kills and Krissy Maureau with 12 total blocks. 

Danika Waldrep was named Player of the Week again Oct. 25, after a performance that included 40 kills, six service aces and two assists, along with 66 digs and seven blocks. She had a match-high 18 kills in a five-game win over Mary Hardin-Baylor.




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