MORAGA, Calif. -- The Saint Mary's athletic department honored its student-athletes at the 12th annual Gael Awards Show last week at the LeFevre Theater on campus. The event honors SMC student-athletes, top performers and noteworthy performances athletically and academically from the past year.
The Saint Mary’s volleyball team earned the department’s award for the highest team grade point average with a cumulative GPA of 3.27. The men’s basketball team earned the Gael Cup, awarded to the team with the highest winning percentage, for the sixth-straight year.
Women’s basketball received the Lasallian Service Award, presented to the team that demonstrates commitment to the Saint Mary’s College mission and dedication to helping the local community. The program logged more than 100 community service hours during the year and made a significant impact to the SMC and Lamorinda communities.
Men’s Basketball guard Matthew Dellavedova and volleyball setter Missy White were honored with the George R. McKeon Award, which is presented to a male and female graduating student-athlete who has achieved noteworthy success in the classroom, on the playing field and in extracurricular activities.
Dellavedova and tennis junior Jenny Jullien were named the Male and Female Athletes of the Year. A native of Australia, Dellavedova set career school records for scoring, assists, 3-point field goals, games started and appearances. He is a 3-time all-West Coast Conference selection and twice was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s top point guard. Jullien, a native of France, became the school’s highest-ranked women’s tennis player ever when she moved to 17th nationally in March. She won WCC Player of the Month honors three times, is the 2013 WCC Player of the Year and became the second Gael in program history to compete in the NCAA Championships.
Men’s soccer goalkeeper Andre Rawls and volleyball outside hitter Kristina Graven were named the Male and Female Newcomers of the Year. Rawls set a school record and ranked 15th nationally in goals against average, started all 17 matches and was an honorable mention all-WCC honoree. Graven led the Gaels in kills, digs and points and was a first-team all-conference selection.
Dellavedova’s memorable performance in the Gaels’ 70-69 victory, punctuated by the game-winning “Dellave-dagger” last-second half court shot, earned him the Male Individual Performance of the Year. Graven was awarded the Female Performance of the Year after a 23 kills, 17 digs performance in 5-set comeback NCAA Tournament victory against San Diego State.
A pair of West Coast Conference championship programs earned the Team Performance of the Year awards. The men’s golf team won its second-straight WCC title with a gutsy performance at the league championships in Bremerton, Wash. The women’s tennis squad handed eventual national champion Stanford its only home loss of the season and registered its first-ever victory over a top 10 ranked team with a 4-3 win at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
Seven time WCC Men’s Golf Coach of the Year Scott Hardy was the recipient of the department’s Coach of the Year award after leading the Gaels to a second-straight league title and the program’s second-ever appearance in the NCAA Championships.
The department also honors several individuals who make a significant impact on the overall athletics program and the experience of its student-athletes. The Bryan Vargas Spirit Award, which recognizes the efforts of a College staff or faculty member who makes a significant contribution to SMC athletics, handed-out to Collin Pugh, a coordinator in the tutorial and academic skill center.
The Student Employee of the Year award was presented to Jazmin Guinto, a student intern in the marketing office and an executive team member for Gael Force. Women’s soccer volunteer assistant coach Zack Masters was awarded the Mike Gibbons Volunteer of the Year Award.
Athletic Director Mark Orr honored 13 student-athletes with the department's highest cumulative GPAs: Haley Adams (rowing), Samuel Bloore (tennis), Kristina Graven (volleyball), Holly Hayes (lacrosse), Julia Holton (lacrosse), Alexis Konstantinopoulos (softball), Caroline Kreuz (soccer), Nathalie Lambrecht (rowing), Beau Levesque (basketball), Stephanie Lee (softball), Anna Schroeder (volleyball), Nicole Schultz (soccer) and Katie Wahl (rowing).