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OLLU cheer and dance welcome Gabriel Guel as assistant coach

OLLU announces the addition of Gabriel Guel as Assistant Coach for the Competitive Cheer and Dance teams, which will start their inaugural seasons in the spring.

Head Coach Crystal Brock said, “We are excited to add Coach Guel to our program. His experience, dedication and compassion for our sport are exactly what we need to prosper in new endeavors and in building our legacy here at OLLU. We thrive on community, trust, integrity and service, all the traits Coach Guel exemplifies.”

Guel is a career coach training athletes in gymnastics, cheer and tumbling. He is bringing two decades of coaching experience to OLLU. He has earned numerous awards and championships with his teams, such as state and national titles at the high school and club levels, and also at the collegiate level.

Guel coached three years at a NCAA D1 university winning a collegiate world championship at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (ACA) National Competition in Orlando, Fla., as well as leading a coed squad to California for a top-three finish at the United Spirit Association (USA) Nationals.

In addition to coaching, Guel has entertained NBA crowds with high flying stunt and tumble tricks as a member of the San Antonio Spurs Hype Squad.

Guel has a passion for teaching and coaching athletes to their full potential. He prides himself on his strong coaching skills to push athletes to the next level. He said, “I can’t wait to help bring in talented athletes, who are true leaders inside and out of the classroom and build a strong program at OLLU. I want each of the athletes to grow in faith, become a great part of the community and use their athletic skills to be the best representative of the University.”

He earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from Texas State University in under two years with concentrations in Sports Psychology, Exercise Science and Communications.

Guel and his wife are parents of Benjamin, Sydney and Payton.

The unique family aspect of OLLU athletics

The athletic programs make up one big family, both literally and figuratively. This season, the Saints feature three sets of twins and a pair of sisters across men’s basketball, women’s basketball and women’s soccer.

Cameron Fields and Christian Fields are twins on the men’s basketball team and account for two of the 16 seniors this upcoming season. Cameron plays point guard and Christian also is a point guard and shooting guard. The Kerrville, Texas, natives joined the Saints in 2018 as sophomores. “We always know where the other person is on the court and growing up playing together is an advantage we have compared to other athletes,” Christian said. The Saints appeared in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) postseason and the NAIA National Tournament during the 2017-2018 season, one year before the twins joined the team. The Fields’ addressed the topic, citing a postseason appearance as one of their senior season goals.

Head Coach Chris Dial first met Cameron and Christian during their high school basketball years. He called the twins to offer them a spot on the team, even though they had committed to Howard Payne University. Following the discussion, the Fields’ toured the OLLU campus and decided to join the Saints. Both enjoy playing video games and Christian picked up playing tennis during the early days of quarantine. Cameron plans to coach basketball after graduating. Christian also wants to pursue coaching and would enjoy being a personal trainer.

Another pair of twins, Jared Embry and Jordan Embry, are also seniors on the men’s basketball team. They both credit Dial for leading them not only on the court but teaching them lessons that can be applied in everyday situations. When asked about the complications due to COVID-19, the Embry twins said, “It’s been challenging having limited time in the weight room and gym, but the team has come together and has figured out different ways on how we can improve.”

The Embrys plan to play basketball overseas when they graduate with the help of the OLLU coaching staff. They noted that Dial and Assistant Coach Dustin Karrer have numerous foreign connections and will aid in their contracts. Jared scored a season-high 30 points in the Saints 138-127 double-overtime victory against No. 22-ranked Texas Wesleyan University last season. Both played at the University of Arkansas-Monticello before joining the OLLU basketball program. The Embrys are both forwards on the court for the Saints.

The final pair of twins that OLLU showcases are Erika Zapata and Jessica Zapata of the women’s soccer team. The juniors are from Baytown, Texas, natives and attended Ross S. Sterling High School. Erika is a defender and Jessica is an outside back for the Saints. They worked hard to be noticed and eventually recruited by OLLU. After playing in showcase tournaments, they committed to OLLU and praised how easy Head Coach Arthur Salazar made the recruiting process. Jessica commented, “We were looking at a handful of schools, but Salazar welcomed both of us coming at the same time and that helped us decide to play at OLLU.”

Erika noted that making an appearance in the national tournament is a major goal for this season. They have both won the RRAC Tournament and are looking to take the next step forward. Erika is a double major in biology and chemistry and wants to go to optometry school and open her own practice. Jessica shares the same major and wants to apply to physician assistant schools and specialize in one field. Both sisters also excel in the classroom, earning RRAC Scholar-Athlete recognition in their sophomore and junior years after earning 4.0s. Erika is also the team’s captain this season. Off the field, the twins are roommates and spend lots of time together. They have the same group of friends and are interested in the same activities.

Dezeree White and Atlantis White are siblings on the women’s basketball team. Atlantis joined the Saints as a freshman this year, following her big sister’s footsteps, who is beginning her third year on the team.

Dezeree is a forward and led the Saints with 6.47/207 rebounds and 3.03/97 steals last season. She also marked 13.6/436 points. She was named the RRAC Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-Conference. In February 2020, Dezeree became the first female in OLLU earned NAIA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors for her performance during the week of Feb. 18- the only female in OLLU history to do this. Dezeree broke an OLLU record with 10 steals in a game on Feb. 29.

Atlantis joins the program as a point guard. Atlantis commented on her choice of OLLU, “My sister being a Saint was a big factor in my decision. We work well together and Dezeree encourages me on the court.” Dezeree noted the different ways she has been helping Atlantis grow as a player, “Atlantis has to prove herself and make her own name on the team. She plays a different basketball style compared to me and will shine in her own unique way.”

The COVID-19 challenges have affected the academic routines of the athletes. Atlantis has become accustomed to online classes, but Dezeree is a visual learner and prefers in-person instruction. Dezeree has been mentored by Head Coach Stacy Stephens and is learning to help the team as a leader while also maintaining her personal basketball goals. Atlantis is majoring in biology and hopes to become a veterinarian after her time at OLLU. Dezeree wants to pursue a career in athletics, perhaps as a coach.

OLLU has had many twins, siblings and other family members play together in the past. They include twins Gabrielle and Valeria Gutierrez, plus Patrick and Herman Duncan on the cross-country/track and field teams; brothers Clayton and Colton Townsend on the track and field team; cousins Angel and Humberto De La Garza and Erica Robinson and Jose Delgado on the soccer teams; brothers Angel and Luis Flores, AJ and Joel Gonzalez, Marco and Octavio Herrera, DJ and Dustin Kagebein, Hugo and Oscar Plascencia and Luis and Miguel Sanchez on the soccer team; twins Daniela and Gabriela Colina and sisters Damaris and Ruby Coronado and Brandy and Briana Salazar on the soccer team; Juan and Pedro Arteaga on the tennis team; sisters LaQeisha and Shameka Brown on the basketball team; siblings Cela (softball) and Mick Hernandez (baseball); and Kassandra and Julie Ramos (softball). Many other siblings have played on Saints teams, but not at the same time.

The OLLU athletic programs pride itself on being one family, and together with the entire university, are preparing for a challenging and unique 2020-2021 season. The basketball teams will begin first this winter, while all other teams will start during the spring.

Women’s basketball ranks No. 25 in NAIA Women’s Basketball Coaches Preseason Top 25 Poll

The women’s basketball team opens up the 2020-2021 season at No. 25 in the NAIA Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, which was announced by the national office last Wednesday. The NAIA ushers in a new era of women’s basketball with one combined division. In previous years, the NAIA divided teams into two divisions, and the Saints were listed in Division I.

OLLU is the only nationally ranked team from the Red River Athletic Conference. Top conference vote-getter Saints are followed by LSU-Shreveport, LSU-Alexandria, Wiley College and Huston-Tillotson University.

Poll Methodology 

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated Groups.
  • The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second place and so on through the list.
  • The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered low ratings) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the team appears on.
  • Teams that receive only one point on the ballot are not considered “receiving votes.”
  • The Saints ended their season in 2020 as the No. 13-ranked team. They have made every Top 25 Poll since 2012-2013. Their highest ranking was No. 1 (six consecutive weeks) in the 2015-2016 season.
  • The Saints finished 2020 as the No. 1 team in scoring offense per game (100.844), scoring margin (29.00), turnover margin (11.688), field goal percentage (.469), free throw percentage (.802) and total scoring offense (3227).
  • The Saints return Dezeree White (JR/Houston, Texas), who ended last year as 10th in the nation in steals per game (3.031). Other returners include Keviona Barber, Angeline Sanchez, Alexandra Strawhorn, Zerina Shatri, Emiko Hemphill, Natalia Trevino and Tiffany Lopez.
  • On their way to the national tournament in March 2020 when the season got canceled, the Saints were the No. 4 seed.
RANKLAST YEARSCHOOL [FIRST PLACE VOTES]2019-20 RECORDPOINTS
11 (I)Westmont (Calif.) [17]27-3586
22 (I)Wayland Baptist (Texas) [4]31-2563
32 (II)Marian (Ind.)31-3545
44 (I)Campbellsville (Ky.)29-3534
55 (I)The Master’s (Calif.)29-3529
63 (I)Oklahoma City30-2486
73 (II)Southeastern (Fla.)27-3464
812 (II)Dordt (Iowa)24-8438
98 (I)Shawnee State (Ohio)29-4437
109 (I)Vanguard (Calif.)23-6416
111 (II)Concordia (Neb.)32-2413
125 (II)College of the Ozarks (Mo.)29-4343
1320 (I)Clarke (Iowa)25-7327
146 (I)Bethel (Tenn.)29-4302
1421 (I)Thomas More (Ky.)22-10302
168 (II)St. Francis (Ill.)29-5276
176 (I)Central Methodist (Mo.)31-2274
1811 (I)Lyon (Ark.)29-3268
1910 (I)Talladega (Ala.)28-5247
2017 (I)Carroll (Mont.)21-10198
2115 (I)Columbia (Mo.)25-7179
226 (II)Indiana Tech30-4155
239 (II)Saint Xavier (Ill.)29-5154
2410 (II)Morningside (Iowa)23-10146
2513 (I)Our Lady of the Lake26-6144

Receiving Votes: Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 122, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 102, Indiana Wesleyan 98, Bryan (Tenn.) 73, Loyola (La.) 71, Providence (Mont.) 50, WVU Tech (W.Va.) 42, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 27, Sterling (Kan.) 25, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 12, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 6, Union (Ky.) 4, Antelope Valley (Calif.) 3, Rust (Miss.) 3, Bushnell (Ore.) 3

Statement on Admission to Athletic Events at OLLU

OLLU will restrict fans from attending any OLLU athletic events until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Events include scrimmages and regular-season competitions on the OLLU campus for all teams.

All efforts are being made to allow for official live-streaming of regular-season games (not scrimmages) through the university’s Sports Information Office. Stats, photos and video will be taken by the OLLU SID staff and will be provided to opponent SIDs, as needed.

This decision has been made due to current safety standards. The university will continue to monitor the safety regulations as officials want to ensure the safety of its student-athletes, its staff and its opponents.

OLLU thanks the community for their understanding and continued support.

Statement on Admission to Athletic Events at OLLU

OLLU will restrict fans from attending any OLLU athletic events until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Events include scrimmages and regular-season competitions on the OLLU campus for all teams.

All efforts are being made to allow for official live-streaming of regular-season games (not scrimmages) through the university’s Sports Information Office. Stats, photos and video will be taken by the OLLU SID staff and will be provided to opponent SIDs, as needed.

This decision has been made due to current safety standards. The university will continue to monitor the safety regulations as officials want to ensure the safety of its student-athletes, its staff and its opponents.

OLLU thanks the community for their understanding and continued support.

OLLU congratulates student-athletes earning spring Dean’s List recognition

OLLU congratulates the 71 undergraduate student-athletes, who have been named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2020 semester. This distinction recognizes students who earned a grade point average of at least 3.75 while completing at least 12 credit hours. Those earning Dean’s List recognition are listed below:

BASEBALL
Jorge Collazo Jr.
Connor Dayton
Jose Diaz
Miguel Galindo
Matthew Klar
Layne Klostermann
Andrew Ogletree
John B. Ortega II
 
BASKETBALL
Tiffany Lopez
Michael Saladin
Kasey Saldana
Angeline Sanchez
Zerina Shatri
Suzuna Shoji
Edvin Tedesjo
Alexis White
Finn Wilczek
 
CHEER/DANCE
Lauryn Castro
Jazlyn Hernandez
Melanie Padron
David Urdiales
 
CROSS-COUNTRY/TRACK AND FIELD
Hannah Briley 
Lindsey Broussard
Antonio Bustamante
Gloria Cervantes
Tamaj Gordon
Peyton Lammons
Isaac Martinez
Lauren Perry
Miguel Segura
Nadia Sifuentes
Kimber Watson
Paul Williams
 
GOLF
Louis Flynn
Raul Gutierrez
Joshua Sturt
 
SOCCER
Bernard Cutini Alvarenga
Connor Bagley
Joseph Baker
Gustavo Lemos Borba
Ilaina Brenes-Rodriguez 
Dawson Brinkley
Mattheus Campos
Juan Martin Chica
Scott Couper
Taylor DeBrosky
Olivia Eagleson
Mikaela Gilbert
Sarah Miles
Jack Parker
Riley Perez
Baye Polansky
Patrick Pye
Jaylin Seto
Haley Smith
Erika Zapata
Jessica Zapata
 
SOFTBALL
Joanna Gonzalez
Kennah Kennedy
Kaitlyn Salazar
Alexis Valdez
 
TENNIS
Gabriel Braga 
Artur Etzberger
Caio Ravagnani
Murilo Salviato
Vinicius Silva
 
VOLLEYBALL
Sadie Ballesteros
Lauren Cameron 
Amanda Esparza
Anyssa Rivera
Anissa Tamez

Aaron Flores and Gaby Lopez selected to inaugural Red River Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Hear from Aaron Flores and Gaby Lopez here: https://youtu.be/HgKpyRHTErA

With 21 years of history and thousands who have contributed to the organization, the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) was proud to introduce the RRAC Hall of Fame and recognize the inaugural class of inductees. Through the Hall of Fame, the RRAC seeks to honor the individuals who have contributed to the launch and growth of the conference as administrators, coaches and student-athletes while achieving excellence in their role. 

Candidates were nominated by RRAC member institutions from the past and present, and inductee selections were made by the conference’s Hall of Fame committee which includes select RRAC personnel, athletic directors and sports information directors. Those honored include contributors to the founding of the RRAC, winning coaches with a focus on character development, and student-athletes who were standouts in their sports. 

“The RRAC Hall of Fame gives us an avenue to recognize the people who have been so important to the Red River Athletic Conference and their institutions throughout our existence,” says RRAC Commissioner Tony Stigliano, who has presided over the conference since its inception. “The inductees in the inaugural class represent a great cross-section of our history and various roles. This is an incredible start to our Hall of Fame, and we look forward to honoring more outstanding contributors in the years to come.”

Inductees were recognized through a virtual Hall of Fame on the RRAC website into perpetuity and through ceremonies that will occur in 2021 on member campuses. 

Honored from OLLU were golfer Aaron Flores (2009-2013) and soccer keeper Gaby Lopez (2013-2016).

OLLU President Dr. Diane E. Melby commented, “On behalf of the entire university, I would like to extend my congratulations to Aaron and Gaby. While they were at OLLU, they represented our core values of community, integrity, trust and service. They excelled as scholar students, and they represented their team and the university in the community, bringing much success in their competitions as part of the Red River. Congratulations – we are proud of you both.”

RRAC Virtual Hall of Fame

AARON FLORES

Aaron Flores started his collegiate career at OLLU in 2009 after graduating from Holy Cross High School in San Antonio. During his last two seasons on the team, he earned a 4.0 GPA and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in May 2014. As a senior, Flores was honored with the inaugural OLLU BIG BLUE TOP SAINT award given to the top athlete in athletics, community service and academics.

“Aaron Flores was a superb example of an all-around student-athlete, one that promotes the NAIA Champions of Character program,” Athletic Director Shane Hurley said. “He excelled in the classroom and the community, and he represented OLLU on the national platform every year he was at OLLU. He singlehandedly put OLLU Golf on the map and helped establish our program as one of the elite teams in the entire NAIA. We are certainly proud of all his accomplishments.”

As a golfer, Flores averaged a career 73.31; he recorded his best score of 68.33 in April 2010. His accomplishments include:

  • 4-Time NAIA All-American (Second Team/Second Team/Honorable Mention/First Team)
  • 4-Time NAIA-PING All-American (Third Team/Second Team/Third Team/First Team)
  • 2-Time NAIA-PING All-Region
  • All-Nicklaus Team
  • NAIA Champions of Character
  • GCAA (Golf Coaches Association of America) NAIA All-Freshman
  • 2-Time NAIA All-Tournament
  • Conference Champions of Character
  • 4-Time All-Conference
  • 2-Time Conference Scholar-Athlete
  • OLLU Big Blue Top Saint – First-Ever
  • 2010 – qualified for NAIA National Tournament as an individual  
  • Top Medalist at Lucio Golf Tournament in February 2010
  • Top Medalist at Conference Tournament in April 2010
  • Top Medalist at Smee Builders Invitational in March 2011
  • Runner Up at Conference Tournament in April 2011
  • Runner Up at Smee Builders Invitational in March 2012
  • Top Medalist at Conference Tournament in April 2012
  • Sixth Place at NAIA National Tournament in May 2012
  • Top Medalist at San Antonio Shootout in February 2013
  • Top Medalist at NAIA Classic in April 2013
  • Runner Up at NAIA National Tournament in May 2013
  • 9-time 4-Year Dean’s List recipient

OLLU Golf Head Coach Arnie Martinez, who was part of the team with Flores, commented, “Congratulations to Aaron on a well-deserved accomplishment. He was a stand-out golfer for OLLU and the Red River Conference. I’ve known Aaron practically my whole life, and I’ve watched him develop as a golfer. I think it’s great he’s getting the recognition. Congratulations, once again. GO, SAINTS!”

Flores’ abundance of individual career, season and tournament records are as follows:

  • Career Most Tournaments played (45)
  • Career Scoring Average (73.31)
  • Career Tournaments Won (6)
  • Most Rounds Shooting Pars or Better (45)
  • Most Rounds Played (118)
  • Lowest First Round in a Season (3 times at 67)
  • Lowest Second Round in a Season (65)
  • Lowest Fourth Round (73)
  • Second in Most Par or Better Rounds (13)
  • Most Rounds played in a Season (32)

Flores spent a substantial amount of time volunteering in the community as a representative of OLLU. Among his activities were:  two-year volunteer participant in the Patriot All-America Invitational. He was specially invited to participate in the tournament, whose profits benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation that provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military servicemen and women killed or disabled while serving our great nation. He also volunteered as an assistant coach at Holy Cross High School guiding the team to a championship season.

Upon graduation, Flores began working at Callaway Golf and has remained with the company to this day and has received many promotions as he continues to climb the ladder. Flores also competes in various tournaments, as well.


GABY LOPEZ

Gaby Lopez began her collegiate career at OLLU in 2013 after graduating from New Braunfels High School. During her four seasons on the soccer team, Lopez earned a 3.771 GPA. In her senior year, she was selected as the OLLU BIG BLUE TOP SAINT, the university’s top female athlete of the year for her excellence on the field, in the classroom and out in the community. After graduation in May 2017, she moved to Houston and played for the Houston Aces, a professional soccer club with the United Women’s Soccer League. She recently moved back home to New Braunfels, Texas, and works as an ergonomic specialist at the Toyota plant in San Antonio.

Lopez guided the Saints to four consecutive conference regular season and conference tournament championships, making four consecutive trips to the NAIA National Tournament. During her four years, the team earned Top 25 rankings in the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll. In her freshman year, the team earned top rankings in the conference for seven weeks and No. 2 six times. In her sophomore year, the team earned top rankings seven times, No. 2 two times and No. 3 two times. In her junior year, the team earned top rankings six times and No. 2 five times. In her final year, the team was ranked No. 1 for all 10 weeks. In addition, under Lopez’s leadership, the Saints suffered just one conference loss in four years.

Women’s Head Coach Arthur Salazar commented, “What an amazing honor it is to have the RRAC recognize Gaby for all of her hard work and commitment to excellence. She was such an important part of what we were able to do during our run of four consecutive conference titles and national tournament appearances from 2013-2016. It was a privilege to have Gaby represent our university, and I’m so proud of what she did as a member of the team to help propel the soccer program forward.”

Lopez career stats as the Saints keeper are 77 games played, 5,660.35 minutes played, 299 saves/.859, 43 wins, 12 losses, 5 ties, 21 shutouts; season stats are 102 saves, 8 shutouts, 14 wins; game stats are 17 saves. Her records are:

  • All-Time Career Saves – 299
  • All-Time Career Shutouts – 21
  • All-Time Wins – 43
  • Season Saves – 102
  • Season Wins – 14

Lopez’s awards include:

  • National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-American
  • NSCAA Scholar All-Region
  • NSCAA All-Region
  • NAIA All-American (HM)
  • 2-Time All-Conference
  • 4-Time Conference All-Tournament
  • Defensive Player of the Year in 2016
  • 4-Time Conference Scholar-Athlete
  • 3-Time NAIA Scholar-Athlete
  • 4-Time Conference Regular Season Champions
  • 4-Time Conference Tournament Champions
  • 4-Time NAIA National Tournament Participants
  • 4-Year Dean’s List recipient
  • OLLU Big Blue Top Saint – Female

Lopez volunteered regularly at TopSoccer, an organization that provides athletes with disabilities, both physical and mental, with the chance to play soccer. She also volunteered with the YWCA youth soccer organization to help provide inner-city athletes with the opportunity to advance their soccer ability through hard work and fun. She volunteered for youth league at the Wurstfest and Oyster Bake. She also worked at the San Antonio Food Bank throughout her time at OLLU. Lopez tutored children from Myers Elementary School, reading and doing activities with the children, and she volunteered with the New Braunfels Aggies.

“Gaby Lopez was consistently one of the top impact players for our women’s soccer program,” said Hurley. “When she needed to rise to new heights, she was up to the task. As a stellar example of a servant leader and athlete, she helped guide our women’s soccer team to the NAIA National Tournament four years in a row, helped us earn our first national ranking, and was consistently involved in volunteering to help special needs students through the TopSoccer program, as well as various other service initiatives working with individuals of need.  We are proud of her accomplishments.”


“Aaron and Gaby’s accomplishments on and off the field are nothing short of phenomenal,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Lourdes Alvarez. “They not only led their teams to Red River Athletic Conference championships, but they also excelled in the classroom. Both also found time to give back to the community in significant ways. They are models of the greatest values that college athletics can nurture in students: discipline, time-management, resilience, teamwork. Now, they are both established in their careers and are proud alumni of Our Lady of the Lake University. I know they are great role models for those who have followed them as part of athletics, and they will continue to do so. Congratulations!”

Women’s soccer earns sixth United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award

United Soccer Coaches announced on Thursday the Team Academic Award winners at the collegiate levels to recognize exemplary performance in the classroom during the 2019-2020 academic year.

OLLU’s women’s soccer has earned its sixth consecutive Team Academic Award. A total of 556 women’s college teams earned the Team Academic Award. The Saints GPA in 2019-2020 was 3.41. Five earned a 4.0, eight had 3.5-3.9 GPAs and six marked 3.0-3.4 GPAs.

2019-2020 College Team Academic Award Recipients

All-Time College Team Academic Award Recipients: Women

United Soccer Coaches annually celebrates the academic achievements of college soccer teams whose student-athletes collectively demonstrate a commitment to excellence in their studies over the course of a full academic year.

College Team Academic Award recipients are active members of the United Soccer Coaches College Services Program with a composite grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for all players on the roster for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The Saints earned the award in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020.

OLLU has 34 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the student-athletes who have earned the 2020 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete status.

In order to be nominated by an institution, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

Selected from Our Lady of the Lake University are:

Baseball: Jorge Collazo Jr. (3.7), Jose Diaz (3.6), Alex Garza (3.5), Matt Mihalov (3.8) and Andrew Ogletree (3.5)

Basketball: Kasey Saldana (3.7), Zerina Shatri (3.7), Suzuna Shoji (3.5), Edvin Tedesjo (4.0) and Lena Wilson (3.5)

Cross-Country: Andrea Gandara (3.5) and Miguel Segura (3.7)

Golf: Kane Ybarra (3.7)

Soccer: Bernard Cutini Alvarenga (4.0), Gustavo Lemos Borba (4.0), Ilaina Brenes-Rodriguez (4.0), Juan Martin Chica (3.7), Scott Couper (4.0), Mikaela Gilbert (4.0), Savannah Hernandez (3.5), Mitchell Medrano (3.6) and Baye Polansky (3.9)

Softball: Kennah Kennedy (3.8) and Ciera Martinez (3.6)

Tennis: Artur Etzberger (3.5)

Track and Field: Aundrea Culliver (3.7), Amanda Esparza (3.8), Andrea Gandara (3.5), Miki Romain (3.5), Miguel Segura (3.7) and Clayton Townsend (3.5)

Volleyball: Amanda Esparza (3.8), Alyssa Marquez (3.6) and Anyssa Rivera (3.5)

OLLU earns an all-time best 12 NAIA Scholar Teams

A record-setting 12 OLLU athletic teams have been designated as National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Scholar Teams for the 2019-2020 academic year.

In the past two seasons, OLLU had eight teams earn this honor.

OLLU’s NAIA Scholar Teams are Women’s Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Cross-Country and Softball; Men’s Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Cross-Country and Baseball.

2018-2019 NAIA Scholar Teams were Women’s Cross-Country, Soccer, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field and Volleyball; Men’s Baseball, Golf and, Tennis. In 2017-2018, the Men’s Golf and Tennis teams, and the Women’s Soccer, Softball and Volleyball teams earned this honor. In 2016, the scholar teams were Women’s Soccer, Softball and Volleyball, and Men’s Golf, and in 2015, Women’s Soccer, Cross-Country, Softball and Track and Field, and Men’s Golf were recipients. 

For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0-grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade point average includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.

The Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field teams earned the highest GPAs last season with a 3.393. Kimber Watson led both teams with a 4.0. This is the teams’ second consecutive scholar award.

Women’s Soccer marked a 3.409 and was led by Erika Zapata, Jessica Zapata, Sarah Miles, Mikaela Gilbert and Ilaina Brenes-Rodriguez – all of whom had 4.0 GPAs. This is the team’s sixth consecutive scholar award.

Women’s Cross-Country had a GPA of 3.622 and was led by Kimber Watson with a 4.0 GPA. This is the team’s fourth consecutive scholar award.

Men’s Golf marked a 3.393 and was led by Joshua Sturt, who had a 4.0. This is the team’s fifth scholar award.

Men’s Tennis earned a 3.379 and was led by Gabriel Braga, who had a 4.0. This is the team’s fourth consecutive scholar award.

Men’s Soccer recorded a 3.285 GPA, and the team was led by Patrick Pye, Scott Couper, Gustavo Lemos Borba and Bernard Cutini Alvarenga – all of whom earned 4.0 GPAs. This is the team’s third scholar award.

Softball had a 3.216 and was led by Alexis Valdez, who had a 3.90. This is the team’s fifth scholar award.

Women’s Basketball earned at 3.184 GPA. The team was led by Tiffany Lopez and Angeline Sanchez, both of whom marked a 3.90 GPA. This is the team’s first scholar award.

Men’s Cross-Country marked a 3.157 GPA and was led by Isaac Martinez, who had a 4.0. This is the team’s first scholar award.

Volleyball had a 3.156 GPA and was led by Sadie Ballesteros, who had a 4.0 GPA. This is the team’s fifth consecutive scholar award.

Baseball earned a GPA of 3.059, and both Miguel Galindo and Matthew Klar had the highest GPAs at 3.90. This is the team’s third consecutive award.

See a list of all scholar-teams here.

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