Five Wesleyan Athletes Earn GSAC Postseason Honors

Friday, April 29, 2016

Macon, GA - The Great South Athletic Conference awarded its postseason honors for the 2016 softball and tennis seasons on Friday night. Wesleyan's Mellissa Webb, Jema Bravo, Tiffani Linville, and Bela Bravo were all recognized for their achievements on the softball field, while Samaria Spencer-Hall earned the honor as a member of the Wolves tennis team.

Mellissa Webb was one of four pitchers selected to the GSAC All Conference team this season. She led the conference in innings pitched (150.0), shutouts (4), strikeouts (151), and strikeouts per game (7.05) and only surrendered 17 walks over 28 appearances. The senior from Ocala, FL, finished the regular season ranked 15th nationally in strikeouts and 30th nationally in walks allowed per seven innings. Her nine wins was second in the GSAC and ties her number of wins from last season.

Shortstop Jema Bravo was one of seven infielders chosen to the 2016 All Conference team. The junior from Alpharetta, GA, led the league in at bats (127) and finished the regular season ranked fifth in doubles (8), sixth in hits (41), seventh in runs scored (20), and fourteenth in batting average (.323). Probably her most impressive offensive stat this season, however, is that she struck out only once over the course of a 40-game schedule. Defensively, she finished the year with a fielding percentage of .940 and had 62 put outs and 78 assists.

Sophomore Tiffani Linville was one of five outfielders to earn All Conference honors this season. At the plate, she ranked second in the GSAC in at bats (123) and seventh in hits (34). As the anchor to Wesleyan's outfield, she covered a lot of ground in center field and only committed one error all season, finishing the year with a .984 fielding percentage. 

Bela Bravo earned a spot on this year's GSAC All Freshman Team, proving to be a huge addition to the Wolves infield this season. Offensively, she ranked fourth in the GSAC in at bats (118), fifth in runs scored (21), and seventh in hits (34), all while striking out only seven times in her 36 games played. Defensively, she played most of her games at second base but also filled in at left field to finish out the season. She recorded a .956 fielding percentage and had 75 putouts and 34 assists.

"I am very happy for Mellissa, Jema, Tiffani, and Bela, and I think they were all very deserving of the honors they received," commented Wesleyan head softball coach Dickey Hightower. "Mellissa and Jema as captains have been terrific leaders for our team and we depend on their performances a lot. Jema has been the backbone of our program for three years, and we have received a tremendous effort in the circle from Mellissa over the past two seasons. Tiffani has shown a great level of improvement this year and became the all around player that I knew she was capable of being. And Bela had an immediate impact on our team with her versatility, power and great swing."

Sophomore Samaria Spencer-Hall earned the GSAC Tennis All Conference nod for the No. 6 singles position this year. The Macon, GA, native went 2-2 in conference action, winning both of her matches this season against Salem College. She just missed picking up a third conference win in a match over Agnes Scott where she fell to her opponent 12-10 in the third set. 

"Sam is a leader for our team without really realizing that she is, and I'm so happy that she received this honor tonight," remarked Wesleyan head tennis coach Dale Brown. "The way she carries herself, the way she is constantly trying to improve on the courts, and the confidence she shows in who she is as a player and a person all set a great example for our team."

The GSAC also recognizes athletes sophomore year and above who maintain a 3.25 grade point average as members of the conference's Academic All Conference team. Jema Bravo, Amber Gasparich, Rebecca Otwell, and Mellissa Webb achieved this honor for the softball team, while Keondria Epps, Rebecca Cheng, and Jing Lan earned the recognition for the tennis team.

The conference also honors members from each team who exhibit great sportsmanship and a positive attitude on the field. Wesleyan's Amber Gasparich (softball) and Samaria Spencer-Hall (tennis) were named to this year's All Sportsmanship team.