UU Trio Honored after Successful 2013-14 Campaign

URBANA, Ohio (May 15, 2014) - The 2013-14 academic and athletic year is in the books at Urbana University, so it's time to take a look back and put a bow on another banner year in UU Sports.

At an awards banquet the night before Urbana University’s 2014 Commencement on Saturday, May 10th, a senior Blue Knight trio took home the Athletic Department’s top awards. Senior quarterback D.J. Mendenhall (West Jefferson, Ohio) was named the Blue Knight Male Athlete of the Year for the third consecutive year. His senior teammate and center Kyle Wallace (West Milton, Ohio) earned Blue Knight Student-Athlete of the Year honors for the second time in his illustrious career, and senior pitcher Haley Kolmerten (West Lafayette, Ohio) became the first Blue Knight in school history to earn both Athlete and Student-Athlete of the Year honors.

The 2013-14 school year was a momentous one for the Blue Knight Athletic Department. In addition to Mendenhall, Wallace and Kolmerten’s successful senior campaigns, Urbana completed the inaugural season of competition in the NCAA Division II’s newest athletic conference, the Mountain East Conference. Below is a list of some of the most memorable and remarkable accomplishments of Blue Knight student-athletes in 2013-14.

346 – UU Athletic Events over 15 NCAA Division II sponsored teams and Men’s & Women’s Bowling club teams

163 – Mountain East Conference contests played by UU teams (UU finished 72-80-5 in its inaugural season in the MEC; Men’s Golf Finished 9th and 8th in 2 MEC Championship events, Women’s Golf Finished 7th and 4th in 2 MEC Championship events, Men’s Cross Country Finished 8th in the MEC Championships, and Women’s Cross Country competed in the MEC Championships but fell 1 runner shy of the minimum needed to register a team score)

.828 – Regular season winning percentage of UU’s Men’s Bowling team, the highest by a UU squad in 2013-14 (260-54)

.643 – Winning percentage of the 2nd best UU team and best female squad, Women’s Basketball (18-10)

2nd – Final Place of the Men’s Bowling Team at the 2014 National Intercollegiate Team Championships (Highest national finish of any UU team in the history of the athletics program)

2nd – Final Place of the Football team in the Mountain East Conference (Highest finish by a Blue Knight team in the inaugural season of the MEC. Other notable finishes include Men’s Soccer’s 3rd place finish in the regular season and MEC Tournament, Softball’s 3rd place finish in the MEC Tournament and 5th place finish in the regular season, Women’s Basketball’s tie for 4th place in the regular season, Baseball’s 4th place finish in the regular season and MEC Tournament)

8 – UU Teams with .500 records or better: Football (7-4), Men’s Soccer (7-7-4), Baseball (24-21), Men’s Swimming (16-10), Women’s Basketball (18-10), Softball (28-21-1), Men’s Bowling (260-54), Women’s Bowling (151-93)

3 – Number of UU teams regionally ranked in the school’s first season in the Atlantic Region (Men’s Soccer, Women’s Basketball, Baseball)

3 – Nationally ranked teams from UU in 2013-14 (Softball, Men’s Bowling, Women’s Bowling)

113 – Student-Athletes named to the Athletic Director’s Fall Honor Roll

28 – Student-Athletes with perfect 4.0 GPA’s during the Fall Semester

3.82 – Team GPA of the UU Men’s Swim Team in the fall (Tops in the country in men's swimming, regardless of division)

3.82 – Team GPA of the UU Women's Cross Country Team in the fall (Tied for tops at UU)

3.53 – Team GPA of the UU Women’s Swim Team, 6th in the country

32 – Student-Athletes named All-Mountain East Conference (8 First Teamers, 19 Second Teamers, 5 Honorable Mention)

21 – Conference players of the week from UU: Football (D.J. Mendenhall – 4 times, D’Gary Wallace – twice), Women’s Soccer (Brittany Mazzu), Men’s Soccer (Nathan Jones – 3 times), Women’s Cross Country (Jenna Hooks), Women’s Basketball (DeVonyea Johnson), Men’s Swimming (Kim Helander, Matt Stover – twice), Baseball (Roman Gammell, Enmanuel Lopez, Cody Ridinger), Softball (Haley Kolmerten – twice)

14 – NCAA Division II All-Region selections: Men’s Soccer (2nd Team – Ben Fitzpatrick & Nathan Jones, 3rd Team – Tyler Wason & Yves Nzwanga), Football (3rd Team – D.J. Mendenhall & Joe Webb, Preseason 1st Team – D.J. Mendenhall & Daniel Goodrum, Preseason 3rd Team – David McComas, Preseason Honorable Mention – Joe Webb & Kyle Wallace), Women’s Basketball (1st Team – DeVonyea Johnson), Softball (2nd Team – Haley Kolmerten), Baseball (Preseason 2nd Team – Robert Tavone Jr.)

2 – Student-Athletes named MEC Freshmen of the Year: Men’s Soccer (Ben Fitzpatrick), Softball (Caitlyn Everhart)

1 – Student-Athlete named MEC Player of the Year: Football (Offensive POTY: D.J. Mendenhall)

1 – Harlon Hill Trophy Regional Finalist (D.J. Mendenhall, 1st in UU history)

2 –All-Americans: Football (Preseason Honorable Mention - D.J. Mendenhall), Men’s Bowling (Graham Fach)

6 – Individual Appalachian Swimming Conference Champions: Men’s Swimming (Kim Helander: 100 fly, 200 fly; Alex Espinoza: 200 free), Women’s Swimming (Aerika Wieser: 50 free, 100 free; Jennifer Schwartz: 100 fly)

3 – First Team Academic All-District selections: Football (Kyle Wallace & Jake Krupko), Softball (Haley Kolmerten)

2 – NCAA Division II First Team Academic All-Americans (1st in UU history): Football (Kyle Wallace), Softball (Haley Kolmerten)

37th – Former UU golfer Miles Nixon became the 37th Blue Knight (and 1st golfer) enshrined into the UU Athletic Hall of Fame