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2015-2016 Year in Review

Student-Athletes post another Stellar Year!

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The Rams recorded their second straight winning season, going 7-4 overall and 3-1 at LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Field. It was just the third time since 1999 that ASU won at least seven games in a season and marked their first back-to-back winning seasons since 1998–99. Under head coach Will Wagner, the Rams also rewrote the ASU record book as they set new singleseason records for points scored (450), passing yards (3,687) and total offense (5,990 yards). Kyle Washington, Clayton Callicutt and Donovan Thompson earned All-America honors. Washington and Callicutt also repeated as Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Year and LSC Defensive Lineman of the Year, respectively. In total, 15 Rams made the All-LSC Team.


volleyballVolleyball

The Belles posted a 33-6 overall record, including 14-1 at home in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena, and won the program’s seventh LSC Tournament Championship. Under head coach Chuck Waddington, they also hosted the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Tournament for the first time, advancing to the championship final. Maggi Jo Keffury, Mallory Blauser and Katie MacLeay earned AVCA All-America honors. MacLeay also became the first ASU volleyball player to earn AVCA All-America honors and be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team in the same season. She was the LSC Academic Player of the Year and Libero of the Year, while Keffury was LSC Setter of the Year.


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Posting a 14-4-1 overall record, the Belles won the program’s second LSC Championship, hosted a NCAA D-II Regional Tournament for the first time in school history and finished the season ranked No. 16 in the nation. Leading goal scorer Haley Mendel earned NSCAA All-America honors, and Sierra Anderson and Ashley Exford were NSCAA All-Region selections. Shantel Wittke joined Exford, Mendel and Anderson on the Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-Region First Team. Conference honors included LSC Coach of the Year, Travis McCorkle for a third straight year; Offensive Player of the Year, Mendel; Defensive Player of the Year, Exford for the second straight year; Goalkeeper of the Year, Wittke for the second straight year; and Newcomer of the Year, Demi Tsambasis.


cross countryCross Country

The Rams and Rambelles both placed in the top five at the LSC Cross Country Championships and combined to put four individual runners on the All-LSC Team. For the Rams, freshman Devitt Smetana finished in the top 10 at five different races and earned All-LSC honors. He was also named the LSC Freshman of the Year after placing fifth and being the highest freshman finisher at the LSC Championships. For the Rambelles, Candida Chairez, Claudia Ramirez and Kelsey Warren picked up All-LSC honors. Chairez placed in the top five in four races during the season and placed fifth at the LSC Championships. Warren and Ramirez placed sixth and 13th at the LSC Championships, respectively.


men's basketballMen’s Basketball

The Rams duplicated their success from the 2014–15 season by advancing to the NCAA D-II South Central Regional Final. First-year head coach Cinco Boone guided the Rams to a 25-7 overall record, their sixth trip to the NCAA postseason and their second straight appearance in the Sweet 16. The 25 wins were also the second-most victories in a single season in school history. Tre Bennett was named LSC Newcomer of the Year and earned first team All-LSC honors, as well as first team all-district and second team all-region accolades. Stedman Allen picked up second team All-LSC honors, and Prince Foster was named to the LSC All-Defensive Team.


women's basketballWomen’s Basketball

The Belles posted a 24-8 overall record and won the LSC Tournament Championship under first-year head coach Kevin Baker. They also defeated arch-rival West Texas A&M three times during the season and won a NCAA postseason game for just the third time in program history on their way to the South Central Regional semifinals. Jasmine Prophet was named the LSC Player of the Year, and Taylor Dorsey earned LSC Newcomer of the Year honors, while Baker was selected as LSC Coach of the Year. Brea Mitchell was named to the All- LSC second team. Prophet and Dorsey also picked up all-region honors.


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First-year head coach Keith McCutchen led the Rambelles golf team to its first tournament win since 2010 at the Texas A&M-Commerce Lion Invitational. The Belles also placed in the top six at four other tournaments, set a school record for lowest round with a total score of 291 at the Oklahoma Intercollegiate, and placed fifth at the LSC Championships. Kamryn Cummings was selected as the LSC Freshman of the Year while Liz Chavarria earned second team All-LSC honors.


softballSoftball

The Rambelles posted a 37-23 overall record and advanced to the program’s 10th straight NCAA D-II South Central Regional Tournament. Under head coach Travis Scott, ASU also posted a 20-6 home record at Mayer Field. Brandy Marlett, Kenedy Urbany and Bailey Wallace were named first team All-LSC with Madison Greenwell and Taegan Kirk picking up second team All-LSC honors. Marlett and Urbany were named to the NFCA All-Region Team, and they were joined by Wallace on the D2CCA All-Region Team. Kelly Johnson was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 6 Team.


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The Rams posted a 39-22 record, claimed the LSC regular-season title and won the NCAA D-II South Central Regional Tournament on the way to their second straight D-II College World Series. ASU also became the first LSC school to make back-to-back CWS appearances. Among a host of individual award winners, head coach Kevin Brooks earned ABCA/Diamond South Central Regional and LSC Coach of the Year honors. Bryce Zak was named LSC Pitcher of the Year and earned various all-region and All-America honors. Paxton DeLaGarza was named the LSC Player of the Year for the second straight season and picked up multiple all-region accolades. David Goggin was named LSC Academic Player of the Year for the second year in a row and claimed his second straight Elite 90 Award for having the highest GPA at the D-II College World Series. DeLaGarza (Arizona) and Jayden O’Dell (San Francisco) were taken in the Major League Baseball draft, and Zak later signed with the Tampa Bay Rays.


Indoor Track and FieldIndoor Track & Field

The Rambelles indoor track & field team won three individual titles and took second place at the LSC Indoor Championships on the way to a fourth straight top 20 finish at the NCAA D-II Indoor Track & Field Championships. Kami Norton won all three of ASU’s individual LSC titles, the high jump, long jump and 60-meter hurdles, and was named LSC Female Indoor Athlete of the Year. She was ASU’s lone qualifier for the national meet, where she earned All-American status in three events and was national runner-up in the high jump. Candida Chairez earned All-LSC honors, while Amber Graham, Claudia Ramirez and Morgan Rodgers were named to the LSC Indoor All-Academic Team. In March, coaches James Reid and Yuriy Litvinski were named USTFCCCA South Central Region Head Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year.


track and fieldOutdoor Track & Field

The Rams and Rambelles both finished second at the LSC Outdoor Championships and combined for 13 All- Americans at the NCAA D-II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Luis Perez, the LSC Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year and USTFCCCA South Central Regional Track Athlete of the Year, broke the ASU 400-meters school record and was national runner-up in that event. He also helped the 4x400-meter relay team to a runner-up finish. Other outdoor All-Americans included Isaac Marquez, Anthony Yancy, Alex Borzelin, Peniel Richard, Asael Arad, Kami Norton, Adrine Monagi and Harry Maslen. Ten ASU athletes earned All-LSC recognition, five made the LSC All-Academic Team, several earned all-district and all-region honors, and Claudia Ramirez was named an Academic All-American.