UHV Athletics Scores Big In Academics

University of Houston-Victoria student-athletes continue to achieve in the classroom with a little over 50 percent earning Red River Athletic Conference GPA Awards for the 2017-18 academic year.

In their third year of competition in the RRAC, the Jaguars had 65 student-athletes recognized Friday for academic success by the conference. The total numbers have increase each year after 59 athletes were recognized for the 2015-16 academic year and 61 were recognized for the 2016-17 year.

The UHV men’s soccer team led the way with 18 players earning the award while the softball, baseball and women’s soccer teams followed with 13 each. The men’s and women’s golf teams each land four players on the list.

Individual student-athletes who achieve a 3.0 GPA or better for the year are recognized as RRAC scholar-athletes.

Among the men’s soccer players earning the award were Marco Alaniz, Jacob Collen, Patrick Coto, Erik Faeltstroem, Brian Foulger, Louis Fox, Uriel Garcia, Elvis Gomez, Daniel Gribben, Reece Hanningan, Espen Hansen, Jean Bosco Irumva, Sanad Jalajal, Jose Munoz, Brody Patience, Rodney Smith, Connagh Wilks and Gian Marco Zancanaro.

Recognized from the UHV softball team were Alyssa Adames, Peyton Branham, Madison Kucera, Angelica Davidson, Gabby Davila, Alyssa Dial, Jamison Dumont, Emily Flores, Madeline Herrera, Jordan Hoefling, Marissa Longoria, Michelle Revels and Kayla Tisdale.

Named to the award from the baseball team were Chase Almendarez, Jacob Atkinson, Ross Bludau, Wesley Kutac, Nathan Letien, Derek Maciejeski, Nolan Maciejeski, Cesar Martinez, Nicolas Ortiz, Collin Schaaf, Chase Tamez, Brandon Tipton and Zachariah Vela.

Selected for the award from the women’s soccer team were Marshae Campbell, Kelly Cook, Kaylee Creagh, Treysi Diaz Deleon, Yahajira Lara, Jaiden Lauterbach, Lauren Leslie, Emilie Linares, Emily Lupton, Nisa Ollivierre, , Tristan Sanchez, Vy Tang, and Maddison Decker-Walker.

Among the golfers earning the honors were Lorrin Dickey, Victoria Garcia, Viviana Puente, Jocelyn Villafranca, Viviana Yzquierdo, James Rollins, Adrian Saenz and Terry Strickland.

For the first time in the 20-year history of the conference, the RRAC GPF Award will be presented to co-champions. The University of the Southwest (N.M.(, winner the last two year, and Texas College, a first-time winner, both compiled a cumulative student-athlete GPA of 3.18.

The RRAC GPA Award is presented annually to the athletic program with the best cumulative GPA among all of its student-athletes in the most recent academic year.