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Janet Cone and Joey Cutting honor retiring chancellor Anne Ponder at the ASHSPY's Monday night
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UNC Asheville Celebrates the ASHSPY'S Monday Night
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Release: 04/28/2014
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville Athletics Department handed out its annual awards at the 2014 ASHSPY’s Monday night at the Wilma Sherrill Center.

 

The Female Athlete of the Year went to senior volleyball player Rachel Wells. The Statesville native led the nation in digs in 2013 with a 6.38 per set average. Her 746 digs was the second most for a season in school history. Wells set a single-game school record with 54 against Radford on Nov. 15 at Justice Center. She earned Big South first team All-Conference honors and also made the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association All-State team.  Wells also earned a tryout with the U.S. National Team in February.

 

The Male Athlete of the Year was awarded to senior men’s basketball player D.J. Cunningham. He finished the 2013-14 season as the Big South’s leading rebounder (9.9) and blocked shots (3.6). His 3.6 average was fourth best nationally. Cunningham was third on the team in scoring with an 11.6 average. He also led the team in field goal percentage by hitting 56.3 percent of his field goal attempts. The Waterford Ohio native earned second team All-Conference honors and was named to the league’s All-Tournament team. His 98 blocked shots set an Asheville single-season record. He also earned a spot on the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association All-State team. 

 

Bulldog booster Bruce Goforth was given the Dave Hart Service Award for his contributions to the UNC Asheville program.

 

Chancellor Anne Ponder was honored as she was given a plaque by Athletics Director Janet Cone and SAAC President Joey Cutting for her great contributions to the athletics department during her tenure. Chancellor Ponder will retire this summer.

 

Here is a list of the other awards handed out on Monday night.

 

Individual Awards

 

Best Moment:

Men's Soccer upsetting Coastal  

 

Record Breaking Performance:

Andrew Rowsey

 

Spotlight Award:

Rachel Wells

 

Crush Award:

Paige Love

 

Best Championship Performance:

Meredith Foster Ristic 

 

Best Blooper:

Rachel Wells

 

Strength & Conditioning Award:

Anna Moore

 

Best Post-Game Celebration:

Women's Basketball

 

Male Big Dog

Kurt Hibert

 

Female Big Dog

Kristen Lawson

 

Male Athlete of the Year

D.J. Cunningham

 

Female Athlete of the Year

Rachel Wells

 

Leadership and Service Award

Joey Cutting

 

Coach of the Year

Nick McDevitt

 

Mike Gore Service Award

Brady Buresh

 

Biggest Student Fan

Corey Duncan Lea

 

Biggest Community Fan

Greg Garrison

 

Strength & Conditioning Team

Women’s Basketball

 

Christenberry Award (Female)

Zoe Hamel

 

Christenberry Award (Male)

Bobby Castro

 

NCAA Woman of the Year

Kristen Lawson

 

NCAA Woman of the Year

Zoe Hamel

 

Dave Hart Service Award

Bruce Goforth

 

Team Awards

                                                                        Bulldog Award                Scholar Award          

Men's  Basketball

Corey Littlejohn

Giacomo Zilli

Women's Basketball

Paige Love

Jeannie Buckner

Men's Soccer

Rob May

Bobby Castro

Women's Soccer

Heather Muller

Suzie Zigante

Men's Tennis

Reid Dillon

Daniel Kripak

Women's Tennis

Zoe Hamel

Zoe Hamel

Volleyball

Rachel Wells

Chrissy Lakatos

Swimming

Hallie Gillespie

Alexandra van Dorsten

Baseball

Corey Randall

Eli Miller

Men's Cross Country

Patrick Osborne

Brent Schouler

Women's Cross Country

Melanie Kulesz

Rachel Carson

Men's Track & Field

Kurt Hibert

Skyler Winchester

Women's Track & Field

Meredith Foster

Corey McClintock

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