OREM A season in which the Utah Valley State women's volleyball team won a record 21 matches in NCAA play and took home the Division I Independent Championship led to a Wolverines sweep of the major DI Independent end-of-season awards.
Senior Jessica Endres was named the offensive player of the year and sophomore Allyce Wilson won defensive player of the year honors. Kayli Broadbent earned the freshman of the year trophy.
Sam Atoa was named Independent coach of the year for the second time in three seasons.Kristi Lindley and Camie Manwill joined Endres and Wilson on the Independent first-team list. Broadbent received second team honors after missing out on a first-team spot by one point.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: UVSC is 4-0 for the first time since taking the step up to a NCAA schedule.
Led by Robyn Fairbanks' 21 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game, the Wolverines have had little trouble dispatching their opposition at least by the time the second half rolls around. Sandy Marvin is providing much-needed help on the perimeter with 20 ppg.Julie McMurray and Rebekah Peterson are the other Wolverines averaging double-digit point totals with 18.5 and 10.5 ppg respectively.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: The men are either fortunate or unlucky to be 1-2 after leading at the half in both of the losses and needing a strong second half to notch their lone win.
Ryan Toolson's 23 ppg is leading the team, and helped by Jordan Brady's 11.7 and Richard Troyer's 10.7 ppg.Brady and Joe Walker are putting up solid numbers on the glass as Brady is leading the way with 9.3 rpg. Walker isn't far off the pace by averaging eight boards per game early in the season.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: Jenni Clough was named the United Soccer Conference offensive player of the year after leading the team with eight goals padding her school-record total to 20.Clough was also named to the USC first team, with teammates Brooke Salcido and Kelly Vide joining her on the list.
WRESTLING: Six Wolverines placed in the Northern Colorado Open on Sunday to lead the team to its best tournament finish ever.
Ben Kjar (125-pounds) and Casen Eldredge (184) both finished second after posting 3-1 marks. Flint Ray (133) and Marc Fenwich (173) finished third in their respective classes.
Joining the list of places were Sam Allen (149) and Gehrhart Vuksinick (165).
On Saturday, UVSC competed in its first dual event of the season at the Jack Hancock Duels in Golden, Colo., going 3-1.
The only loss came at the hand of Oregon by the score of 22-13. The Wolverines cruised over the three other team by taking Air Force's prep squad 49-0, a 37-3 win over the Colorado School of Mines and beating Newman University 29-13.Kjar and Allen were the only Wolverines to come out with a perfect 4-0 record in the event.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: vs. Great Falls on Saturday at 3 p.m.; at San Francisco on Wednesday.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: at Utah State on Saturday.