The Coastal Bend College Athletic Department held its Fall Sports Banquet last week to recognize the dedication, achievements and performances of the student/athletes in soccer and volleyball.
Athletic Coordinator J. Estevan Vasquez presided over the affair and introduced all the team members of both fall sports who received certificates of participation and the gratitude of the college for their hard work and sacrifices to be student/athletes.
In soccer, Alex Pineda was deemed the Defensive Player of the Year for the Cougars. The Offensive Player of the Year was Kris Mireles. The Cougar Heart Award was presented to Zack Hammons. The team’s Most Valuable Player was Andrew Linsalata for his fine play this past season.
The keynote speech was presented by head volleyball coach Kristin Clee-Charlton. She detailed her trials and tribulations of being a scholarship athlete at Southern Mississippi, giving those in attendance a glimpse at what it really takes to be a college athlete. The relentless practices and time devoted to the sport, she related, were tremendous. Then, the student/athlete must find the time and energy to keep up with his/her academic endeavors. Definitely not an easy job, according to Clee-Charlton.
The volleyball awards were highlighted by the announcement that one Lady Cougar was selected to the All-Region XIV second team as a blocker. Mikayla Villarreal was so honored and was also selected as the team’s Most Valuable Player.
The Lady Cougars’ Top Setter award went to Marisa Valadez. The Defensive Player of the Year went to Sabra Vickery. The Lady Cougar Heart Award was presented to Diedre Perez.