UWF Women Capture Gulf South Conference ALL-Sports Trophy
May 11, 2008
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The University of West Florida earned its third consecutive Gulf South Conference (GSC) Women's All-Sports Trophy, and fourth in five years. It was the women's sixth all-time award, and that is now the conference's best by any school. The Argos were tied with Jacksonville State, whom dominated the GSC in the early 1990's and had five all-sports trophies from 1987 thru 1995. West Florida took home the award in convincing fashion, tallying 67.5 points, to outdistance Arkansas Tech by 11.5, and Harding by 13.5 points. The Argonauts turned in a consistent effort this season, with all women's sports contributing at least four points, based on finish in the standings and conference tournaments.
The West Florida women captured the GSC Golf title, and had runner up finishes in Volleyball, Soccer, and Tennis. The Argos also had a third place finish from the Cross Country team. Golf won their third straight conference title, while Volleyball set several UWF records, and finished the GSC regular season with a 12-0 conference record. Meanwhile, soccer demonstrated a defense highly ranked in the NCAA, which went over 900 minutes without allowing a goal, and came up just short in the GSC championship match, after going unbeaten in conference play.
Softball finished in third place in the GSC East Division, and earned a top 25 ranking heading into the postseason. Tennis finished runner-ups in the GSC tournament, dropping a 5-4 thrilling match to #3 Valdosta State, but then went on to capture the NCAA regional championship, to earn a trip to the National championships. In all, volleyball, soccer, cross country, softball, golf, and tennis were all selected to play in the NCAA tournament, during the 2007-2008 academic year. With six women sports earning trips to the NCAA tournament, that was three more than second best in the entire conference.
The UWF women have been honored with three All-American selections so far this season, with Volleyball's Luciana Rapach, along with Dernelle Mascall and Courtney Jones for Soccer. Meanwhile, Tennis star, Suzana Cavalcante, has a great chance of earning All-American status following next week's national championships.
With all conference play and tournaments complete, the GSC announced the winners of the men's and women's All-Sports standings, this week. However, the conference will present the award at its Annual Awards Banquet, Thursday, June 26th, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pensacola. At that time, the GSC will also recognize its "Top Ten" student-athletes and reveal the winners of the commissioner's trophies, which are presented to the most outstanding male and female student-athlete, based on athletic, academic and extra curricular/community service criteria.