Student-Athletes Honor Their Own At SAMMY Awards

May 13, 2014

San Jose, Calif. - Student-athletes and coaches from San José State University Athletics gathered in the campus's Barrett Ballroom to recognize team and individual achievements at the Fifth Annual SAMMY Awards on May 12.

The SAMMYS, hosted by the San Jose State University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), recognize San Jose State's top achievements in competition, the classroom and in the community during the school year.

Head coach Sage Hopkins and women's swimming and diving team took home the Spartan Cup Championship trophy.  The trophy is awarded to the team who collects the most points throughout the year in five Champs Life Skills areas: Athletic Excellence, Academic Excellence, Personal Development, Career Development and Community Involvement.

Women's soccer was first runner-up and softball was second runner-up.  The three programs received recognition and gift certificates for their efforts.

The swimming & diving team also earned the Community Service Award for participating in more than 350 hours of community service projects.

Newcomer of the Year, for the women and men, were awarded to Clara Espar Llaquet of water polo and Tyler Winston of football. 

Espar Llaquet set a San José State single-season scoring record with 96 goals, was second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) in goals per match and was the conference leader in total goals scored.   She found the back of the net in all 33 contests, earned MPSF All-Newcomer Team selection and was a second-team All-MPSF honoree.


 

 

Winston was named the 2013 Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year after making 58 catches for 858 yards and five touchdowns.  He was the only freshman in the nation with four games of 100 or more receiving yards and have back-to-back games of 10 or more receptions.  In addition, he was named three All-American teams.

Performance of the Year honorees are Julia Greer of gymnastics and David Fales of football.

Greer won the balance beam and floor exercise events as San José State closed out the regular season with a win over Sacramento State. Greer won the floor exercise with a career best 9.925 and took first place in the balance beam with a 9.850 score. It was the fourth time in regular season competition Greer won two events in one meet. 

Fales was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week completing 37-of-45 passes for a school record 547 yards and six touchdowns in the Spartans' 62-52 win over #16-ranked, and previously unbeaten, Fresno State. Fales also rushed six times for a career-high 33 yards and scored the Spartans' final touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter.  He opened the game completing his first 13 passes and set three individual school records in the win. 

The Team Performance Of the Year honorees are women's water polo vs. No. 5 Arizona State and football vs. Fresno State.

The Spartans' water polo team closed out its home schedule with a 7-5 win over No. 5 Arizona State. The eighth-ranked Spartans scored first and never trailed in the match. San José State led by as many as five, 7-2, before Arizona State closed with three scores in the final three minutes of the match. The win was the third against a top-10 ranked opponent in 2014 and the first against a team ranked in the top-5 since 2010. The Spartans won with their fewest scored goals in a victory in the last four years.

San José State was the only Mountain West football team, in the regular season, to defeat a top-20 opponent with its 62-52 victory over No. 16-ranked Fresno State. The Spartans scored on six of their first nine possessions and left the field for halftime leading 42-41. To start the second half, San José State successfully recovered an onside kick and scored a touchdown for a 49-41 lead. Then, timely stops by the defense, a pair of Austin Lopez field goals and an offense focused on ball control led to the season-ending victory. 

The Spartan Spirit award was given to the water polo team.  The Water Polo team began the season without their head coach Lou Tully, who passed away three weeks before the start of the season.  They adopted the theme "LouStrong" and produced memorial wristbands.  The team had their first 20-win season since 2011 and just the fourth since the program started in 1997.  They finished the season ranked sixth and had three wins over top-10 ranked teams.

The Dick Tomey Class Act Award is presented to a student-athlete who has demonstrated a high level of accomplishment in three key areas:  Academics, Leadership, and Community Service.  This year the award was presented to Jessica Willet of women's tennis and Andre Mercurio of baseball.

The John Ralston Award, being presented for the first time this year, went to Fred Guidici., assistant football coach.  This is awarded annually to recognize a staff member who displays high moral character and personal integrity that exemplify the spirit of devoted service to their profession and who have by their leadership has made an outstanding and noteworthy contribution to the advancement of San José State Athletics.

The USMC Leadership Award was given to women's tennis' Jessica Willett and football's David Catalano for their charismatic leadership qualities in SAAC and eager participation in multiple community service projects.  Both demonstrate initiative and creativity in modeling leadership to their teammates and other Spartan Student-Athletes.

The SAAC also announced its Academic Awards for the year.

 

2013-14 Top-Five Undergraduate Scholar Athletes:

Women

Darcie Anderson, Swimming and Diving

Breanna Garcia, Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field

Rebecca Garcia, Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field

Cassandra Harrison, Gymnastics

Alison Kimura, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field

 

Men

Tim Crawley, Football

Arturo Osorio, Men's Soccer

Evan Sarver, Football

Alexander Selevos. Cross Country

Michael Simonini, Baseball

 

Academic Head Coach of the Year: Peter Turner, Softball

Academic Assistant Coach of the Year: Nicholas Enriquez, Baseball

Best Academic Performance - Women's Team: Women's Tennis

Best Academic Performance - Men's Team: Cross Country

 

Top Graduate Student Scholar Athletes

Jon Meyer, Football