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    Volleyball Wins Co-Team of Year at 2013 Wolfies
    2012 seniors Megan Cyr and Alexa Micek
    2012 seniors Megan Cyr and Alexa Micek

    April 15, 2013

    RALEIGH, N.C. -- The NC State Athletic Department held its annual "Wolfie Awards" Monday evening at Reynolds Coliseum. This gala event showcased the best and brightest in Wolfpack Athletics over the past calendar year.

    The 2012 Wolfpack volleyball team, which earned the program's second NCAA Championship appearance and posted its most wins since 1983, shared Female Team of the Year with the gymnastics, which won the EAGL Championship and appeared in its 25th NCAA Regional.

    Taking home top awards for the evening were Marissa Kastanek of the women's basketball squad and Ryan Hill from the men's track and cross country team.  Those two standouts were named the recipients of the HC Kennett Award - NC State University's highest athletic award.  The Kennett is given annually to a male and female superior athlete who demonstrate the finest attributes of good sportsmanship and team play.

    Hill broke a plethora of school records including the 1,500-meter run, 3,000-meter run and mile run.  He earned his eighth and ninth All-America nods at the 2012 NCAA Championships, was the ACC Champion in the 1,500-meter run during the indoor season, and earned All-ACC honors for both the indoor and outdoor seasons.

    Kastanek earned first-team All-ACC honors and was also a two-time Academic All-American. On the court, she finished her career in the top 10 in ACC history in three-pointers per game and three-point percentage, while also ranking in the top five in program history in free throw percentage, three-pointers made and three-point percentage.

    Here's a look at some of the other award winners on the Pack's special night:

    Unsung Hero - Tyler Lewis (Men's Basketball)
    When veteran starting point guard Lorenzo Brown was injured in the middle of the season and was forced to miss 2-1/2 games, Coach Mark Gottfried put the ball in the capable hands of rookie Tyler Lewis.  His faith in Tyler's abilities was well-founded, as he averaged 10.7 points per game while playing an average of 30.0 minutes per contest during that span. During Brown's absence, Lewis scored a career-best 16 points against Miami and made his first career start at Duke. He proved he was capable of being a floor leader when he was needed most, which was a huge confidence booster for him and the team.

    Rookie of the Year (Male) - Carlos Rodon (Baseball)
    Carlos went undefeated on the mound during his freshman season (2012)  and was the first freshman to be a Golden Spikes Finalist.  He also played for Team USA, and received multiple first-team All-American Awards, as well as being namd the Pitcher of the Year in the ACC.  

    Rookie of the Year (Female) - Renada Davis (Softball)
    Renada was named ACC Rookie of the year in softball in 2012. She set the Wolfpack single-season batting average record in her first year, shattering the previous mark (.348) by nearly 20 points, .365.  Davis also set a new program best in on-base percentage.

    Comeback Player of the Year - Sterling Lucas (Football)
    A 2012 team captain who started all 13 games at middle linebacker, Sterling made a remarkable recovery in leading the Pack's defense in 2012. He red-shirted during the 2011 season after suffering a knee injury in preseason practice, and doctors said he might not play football again. He spent that season learning the game from the coaches' perspective, sitting in the coaches' box during games. Lucas was back on the field for his final season in 2012, and totaled 87 tackles and a pair of sacks. He graduated from NC State in the spring of 2012, and is now an intern on the football strength & conditioning staff.

    Play of the Year - Football - Touchdown pass vs. Florida State
    With 16 seconds remaining in the game, the Pack facing fourth-and-one and down six points to the No. 3 team in the nation, a calm, cool and collected Mike Glennon hit Bryan Underwood in the middle of the end zone to give NC State the victory over Florida State. The score capped off a second-half comeback for the Wolfpack, which went into the halftime break down 16-0, but turned it into a 17-16 win in Raleigh.

    Kay Brewer Support Staff Award  (voted on by SAAC) - Jessica Johns (Athletic Trainer)
    Jessica gets up before 5 a.m. every day and does not get home until late each night. Her hard work and dedication as an athletic trainer is one of the reasons that the swimming and diving team has been able to compete at the highest level, while also maintaining their health and well-being. It does not matter what the time or day is, she is always on the clock to keep her athletes healthy. If you walk into the Weisiger-Brown training room, she will more than likely be in there helping not only her athletes, but anyone who needs help. She is constantly learning new techniques and studying new information to make sure her athletes stay healthy in and out of competition. Her commitment to making Wolfpack athletics great is incredible and her enthusiasm is contagious.

    Kay Yow Award - Marifrances Henley (Women's Swimming& Diving)
    Marifrances is an active leader in Rho Phil Lambda, a PRT honors club. She was the ACC champion in the 200 freestyle relay and holds two school records in the 100 and 200 freestyle. Marifrances is also part of four school record relays and recorded the most points by any NC State student-athlete at the ACC championships in 2013. Outside of her athletic achievements, she is an active member of SAAC. She led her team in community service hours and was the lead in setting up opportunities for her and her teammates to volunteer.
    Performance of the Year (Male) - Football's win over Florida State  
    Down 16-0 at halftime, the Pack rallied in the second half and downed No. 3 Florida State, 17-16, in front of a national TV audience at Carter-Finley Stadium in early October. The Pack's final drive featured three fourth down conversions, including the winning throw from QB Mike Glennon to WR Bryan Underwood from two yards out with just 16 seconds remaining. The win marked the highest ranked squad NC State has defeated since beating No. 2 Florida State in 1998.

    Performance of the Year (Female) - Brittany Marchand (Women's Golf) Sixth-Place Finish at NCAAs
    In the Pack's first NCAA Championship appearance, Marchand placed sixth with a 2-over 290. On college golf's biggest stage, Marchand opened the championship with a 1-under 71 in the first round. In her second round, she began the day with three birdies over her first four holes and added another on No. 17 for a 2-under 70. Marchand's second round propelled her into third place with a 3-under 141 at the midway point. In the third round, she remained in contention for a top-10 finish in eighth place after a 4-over 76. Marchand made a strong push on the final day, moving up two spots in the final individual standings with a 1-over 73.  With her top 10 finish, Marchand became the program's first player to earn honorable mention All-America honors.

    Coach of the Year - Braden Holloway (Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving)             
    In just his second season with the Wolfpack swimming & diving program, head coach Braden Holloway has taken both the men's and women's teams to new heights. The men's team finished the regular season with a 5-4-1 overall record and 2-2-1 mark in the ACC, while the women's team completed the regular season 8-4 and 4-2. The Pack men's team was ranked in multiple College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) polls. Under his leadership this season, nine members of the women's team participated in the NCAA Championships and 10 athletes from the men's team competed in the NCAA Championships. The women's team also received Scholar All-American status for having a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

    Team of the Year (Men's) - Baseball
    The 2012 team finished with a record of 43-20 and advanced to the Gainesville, Fla., Super Regional to play top-ranked University of Florida.  The squad finished the year ranked  No. 12 in the country and broke the school record for ACC wins.  Carlos Rodon became the most decorated freshman pitcher in Wolfpack history, capturing the ACC Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year awards, was a consensus first team All-American, and was the first Division I freshman to make the Golden Spikes Award finals.  Trea Turner led the nation in stolen bases with 57, the most ever by an ACC freshman and the second most in conference history.

    Co-Team of the Year (Women's) - Gymnastics
    The women's gymnastics team capped off a great season with its 11th consecutive bid to an NCAA Regional and the 25th in the history of the program. The Wolfpack also claimed its fifth East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) title at the conference championships. During the season,  head coach Mark Stevenson surpassed the 500 win mark at the Sweetheart Invitational, on the strength of juniors Hannah Fallanca and Stephanie Ouellette's scores of 9.95. The Pack collected 11 wins on the season and recorded a season-high 196.050 at a home meet against LSU. State also remained atop the conference with its team average on vault and balance beam.

    Co-Team of the Year (Women's) - Volleyball
    This year's squad set a school record for most ACC wins and its 12-8 record was not only the most league wins in school history, but it was also the first winning season in conference play since 1988 for the Wolfpack.  It posted its most wins in a row (13) and earned its first NCAA tournament selection in 25 years. The team defeated UNC, Duke and Wake Forest all in the same season for the first time in program history. The Pack won three early season tournament titles and finished fourth in the ACC regular-season standings, its highest finish since 1993. Senior setter Megan Cyr was named All-ACC and AVCA All-America. Junior middle blocker Brie Merriwether earned Capital One District III All-Academic honors and honorable mention Academic All-American honors.

    The HC Kennett Award
    The H.C. Kennett Award was established by the Kennett Family in memory of H.C. Kennett, a 1924 graduate of NC State University and president of the Wolfpack Club from 1948-62. This is NC State University's highest athletic award, given annually to a superior athlete who demonstrates the finest attributes of good sportsmanship and team play. The recipient shall be well rounded, demonstrate good character, possess good personality traits and have an interest in a variety of school activities with an indicated potential of leadership.

    Ryan Hill (Men's Track and Field)
    Hill broke a plethora of outdoor school records in 2012 including the 1,500-meter run, 3,000-meter run and mile run. During the 2012-13 indoor season, he earned his eighth and ninth All-America nods at the NCAA Championships after finishing second in the mile and 10th in the men's 3,000-meter run. Hill was the ACC Champion in the 1,500-meter run during the indoor season, while earning All-ACC honors for both the indoor and outdoor seasons.

    Marissa Kastanek (Women's Basketball)
    Kastanek earned first-team All-ACC honors and was also a two-time Academic All-American. On the court, she finished her career in the top 10 in ACC history in three-pointers per game and three-point percentage, while also ranking in the top five in program history in free throw percentage, three-pointers made and three-point percentage.

    IMPACK Competition - Gymnastics
    A SAAC initiative to reward teams who are all around outstanding teams in the following areas: academic performance, SAAC representation, community service, athletes supporting athletes to encourage teams to attend other sporting events,  and athletic performance.



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