July 19, 2011
IRVING, Texas - Student-athletes from eight of Rice University's 14 intercollegiate athletic programs have been named recipients of the 2010-11 Conference USA Scholar Athlete of the Year awards for their respective sports, C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky announced on Tuesday.
Determined by the league's Faculty Athletics Representatives, the C-USA Scholar Athlete of the Year awards are presented to the top student-athlete in each conference-sponsored sport. The award is based on academic achievement (GPA), athletic achievement and service.
Rice University student-athletes receiving the awards were Philip Adam (men's track and field), Matt Carey (men's cross country), Connor Frizzelle (men's basketball), Rebekka Hänle (women's tennis), Tracey Lam (volleyball), Erik Mayer (golf), Oscar Podlewski (men's tennis) and Allison Pye (women's track and field).
Adam, the first three-time Conference USA decathlon champion, is a three-time selection as the C-USA Scholar Athlete of the Year representing men's track and field. The Santa Maria, Calif., native also was named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Men's Track & Field/Cross Country First Team for the third straight year.
Adam claimed the 2011 C-USA decathlon title for Rice with an all-time best of 7,514 points. He placed 21st in the decathlon at the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Track & Field Championship. He graduated from Rice with a degree in economics and policy studies along with a minor in business. The 2011 NCAA Division I Elite 88 Award winner graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Lam is also a repeat selection as a Conference USA Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Lam, who double majored in economics and Asian studies with minor in business, was a Cum Laude graduate this May.
A two-time Conference USA Libero of the Year, she led the league with 698 digs and finished her career at Rice as the all-time school and conference record holder in the statistical category. She ranked fourth in the nation and led C-USA for the 2010 season in digs per set at 5.77.
The San Francisco native was a two-time Capital One Academic All-District and three-time C-USA All-Academic Team selection. She also received AVCA All-America Honorable Mention recognition.
Carey, a junior from San Antonio, is on a pre-med track majoring in chemistry as well as economics. He placed 20th at the 2010 Conference USA Cross Country Championship (24:40) and was 58th at the 2010 NCAA South Central Regional (31:59.2). This spring he placed ninth in the 10,000m (31:55.30) at the Conference USA Outdoor championship.
Frizzelle highlighted the Conference USA All-Academic team as a unanimous selection and earlier this month was named to the National Association of Basketball Honors Court for his success in the classroom as well as on the court. The Red Oak native was also named to the Capital One Academic All-District team after averaging 10.7 points per game and establishing a new Rice free throw percentage season record at 90.1 percent.
Hänle, who double majored in mathematical economic analysis and Hispanic studies, graduated Cum Laude from Rice in May following a senior season in which she posted a 12-10 record while playing at No. 1 singles in all but three matches. She closed out her career by winning four of her last five along with two unfinished matches during the C-USA Championship. She tied for the team lead with three match-clinching victories. Hänle also teamed to post a 16-6 record at No. 1 doubles.
Hänle, a native of Ochsenhausen, Germany, was named First-Team All-Conference USA for the second consecutive year and was also a repeat selection to the conference's all-academic team.
Mayer was named to the Capital One Academic All-District at-large team following a junior season in which he competed in 10 tournaments and had a 77.24 strokes per round average. Mayer is majoring in mathematical economic analysis at Rice. The Appleton, Wis., native had a career-low round score of 69 to help Rice to its best team performance of the season, a fourth-place finish at the 60th Border Olympics.
Podlewski posted a 16-6 singles record while combining for a 12-8 mark in doubles as the Owls advanced to the title match of the Conference USA Championship and earned their ninth straight NCAA bid. The London native was the 2010 C-USA Newcomer of the Year.
Pye is pursuing a degree in both kinesiology and policy studies. She capped her cross country career helping the Owls to a return appearance to the NCAA South Central Regional. She placed 13th at the Conference USA Cross Country Championship and 30th at the regional meet. Earlier this year, Pye placed eighth at the Conference USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in the 5000m (17:43.76). She was a three-time selection to the Conference USA Women's Track & Field All-Academic Team.
Scholar-athletes were selected from Conference USA's 12 institutions and 20 sports (combining indoor and outdoor track and field). In addition to Rice University's eight selections, Southern Miss and UAB each had two selections. Six Conference USA-member institutions had one student-athlete selected apiece.