Student-Athlete of the Year


Ryan Rector - Softball
Rector has spent the last four seasons on the softball team, playing in 168 games in the outfield. She has played in all 46 games this season in right field and is hitting over .300 while going 10-for-10 in stolen bases. She is tied for the team-lead with three triples and has hit four home runs to go with 25 RBI. She hit her second career grand slam in a 9-1 win over N.C. State on March 22. Not only has she excelled on the softball field, but also in the classroom and community. She is currently serving as President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and over time has averaged between 15 and 20 hours of community service per month. She has been honored on the ASUN Winners for Life Team.

Raven Jefferson - Women's Basketball
Jefferson recently wrapped up a four-year career on the women's basketball team. She was the only women's basketball player in the ASUN this season to earn both All-Conference and All-Academic Team recognition. Jefferson was named ASUN Second Team All-Conference after leading the Spartans, and ranking third in the league, with an average of 15.4 points per game this season. She scored a career-high 30 points against Bob Jones and finished in double-figures scoring 25 times, including 17 games in a row. Jefferson became the 17th player in Upstate history to score 1,000 career points, and finished her career with 1,124 points. Of the 126 games played in her career, she started 116 of them.

Lukas Sommer - Men's Soccer
Sommer has excelled for the last three seasons on the soccer field. He was named ASUN Preseason All-Conference this year and started in all 13 games at the defender position, registering a penalty kick goal against crosstown rival Wofford. Sommer was part of an Upstate defense that held opponents scoreless twice during the season including once in ASUN play after a 1-0 win over Jacksonville. The Spartans opened the season with a 1-0 win over Presbyterian College, marking the first season-opening shutout in the Division I era and first since the 2005 season. He was a unanimous selection to the ASUN All-Academic Team and is the second men's soccer player in program history in program history to be named ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Previous Female Student-Athlete of the Year Selections  
2016-17       Ryan Rector, Softball
        Raven Jefferson, Women's Basketball
2015-16       Brittany Starling, Women's Basketball
2014-15       Shellie Robinson, Softball
2013-14       Anna Miller, Softball
2012-13       Sarah Plantz, Women's Soccer
2011-12       Jemeli Sang, Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
2010-11       Morgan Childers, Softball
2009-10       Morgan Childers, Softball
2008-09       Anna Novo, Women's Tennis
2007-08       Anna Novo, Women's Tennis
2006-07       Diana Martinez, Women's Tennis
2005-06       Shannon Pallardy, Women's Basketball/Volleyball
        Yakeeshia Ross, Women's Basketball
2004-05       Krista Altom, Softball
2003-04       Erin Kopec, Volleyball
2002-03       Kristina Ribicic, Women's Tennis
2001-02       Kendall Harper, Volleyball
2000-01       Becky Greiling, Volleyball
1999-00       Carmen Tebbe, Volleyball
1998-99       Sara Henrichs, Volleyball
1997-98       Kelly Bowden, Women's Cross Country
        Lindsay Richardson, Volleyball
1996-97       Heather Abrams, Women's Basketball
1995-96       Michelle Graham, Women's Basketball/Volleyball
1994-95       Rachel Ramsdale, Women's Basketball

Previous Male Student-Athlete of the Year Selections        
2016-17       Lukas Sommer, Men's Soccer
2015-16       Ryan Cornfield, Men's Golf
2014-15       Ty Greene, Men's Basketball
        Marvin Schmiege, Men's Soccer
2013-14       Torrey Craig, Men's Basketball
2012-13       Gilbert Kemboi, Men's Cross Country/Track & Field
2011-12       Torrey Craig, Men's Basketball
        Gilbert Kemboi, Men's Cross Country/Track & Field
2010-11       Michael Meissner, Track & Field
2009-10       Josh Gallman, Men's Golf
2008-09       Bobby Davis, Men's Basketball
2007-08       Josh Gallman, Men's Golf
2006-07       Stefan Dumitrescu, Men's Tennis
2005-06       Diego Sist, Men's Tennis
2004-05       Gary Lynch, Men's Soccer
2003-04       Travis Smith, Men's Cross Country
2002-03       Marlon Grant, Men's Soccer
2001-02       Brandon Cantrell, Men's Cross Country
2000-01       Brandon Williams, Men's Soccer
1999-00       Henrik Ronnevig, Men's Soccer
1998-99       Kalle Siira, Men's Soccer
1997-98       Paul Zigalich, Men's Soccer
1996-97       Carlos Bryson, Men's Basketball
        Josh Martin, Men's Soccer
1995-96       Kasper Nielsen, Men's Tennis
1994-95       Scitt Halkett, Men's Soccer

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