Webb, Whitford, Wilson Headline Wolves Year End Honors

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Macon, GA - The Wesleyan College Department of Athletics awarded its year-end honors to its student-athletes on Thursday evening with senior Mellissa Webb earning the top honor as Athlete of the Year. Junior Alyssa Whitford was recognized as the Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year, junior Nicole Wilson earned the Spirit of the Wolf Award, and senior Sydney Davis took home the Scholar Athlete of the Year award.

The 2016 Athlete of the Year Award was presented to softball pitcher Mellissa Webb, who has had a tremendous impact on moving the program forward over her two year career at Wesleyan. A transfer student who arrived on campus her junior year, she immediately turned heads in conference play and helped lead Wesleyan to the most wins in school history in 2015. Last season, Webb was named Great South Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, and again this season, she earned All-Conference honors. In addition, she has been named Player of the Week four times over her career.

Over her two seasons on the mound, Webb won 20 games, threw six shutouts, and pitched an unbelievable 324 innings over 57 appearances. Her efficiency in the circle is made obvious by the combined 282 strikeouts compared to only 49 walks. This year, she finished the regular season ranked 15th nationally in strikeouts and 30th nationally in fewest walks allowed per seven innings.

Off the field, she has been an excellent student at Wesleyan and has earned recognition as a member of the GSAC Academic All-Conference team in both of her years with the team.

The Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year Award was presented to junior Alyssa Whitford, who was a member of the volleyball, basketball, and tennis teams this year. Making the switch from the soccer field to the volleyball court this fall, she picked up the sport without missing a beat. Stepping in as the team’s setter, she played in every game over the course of the season and led the team in assists, was second in service aces and digs, and ranked third in kills.

In her third season as a member of the Wolves basketball team, Whitford started 10 games and averaged 31 minutes per game. She averaged 6.8 points per game on offense, but defense is where her presence was felt the most. A feisty defender, she used her speed and quick hands to pick the pocket of her opponents on a regular basis.

New to the sport of tennis, Whitford joined the team following the end of basketball season. With a little practice, her natural athletic ability will take over and she will excel on the tennis courts just as she has in all other sports she has taken on.

This year’s Spirit of the Wolf Award went to junior Nicole Wilson, who is not only a good athlete but also a servant leader who is very engaged in activities all over campus. She is the President of SRC and Co-President of Splinters. She has served as an Orientation Leader, has been a STUNT participant, and is the wolf mascot at all official Wesleyan events.. She is also a Spark Scholar as well as being a Biological Honors Society inductee.

On the softball field, Wilson has been a three year captain and plays first base and pitcher. This year, she won two games for the Wolves in the circle and finished the year with a .953 fielding percentage. 

The 2016 Scholar Athlete of the Year was presented to Sydney Davis, a Studio Art major who has played both soccer and basketball for the Wolves all four years she has been enrolled at Wesleyan all while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA. She was named to the GSAC Academic All-Conference team for both sports, and she also earned the GSAC All Sportsmanship team for her leadership, effort, and respect for others on the court. In addition, Sydney is very involved in campus community service and volunteer activities.

With an impressive overall team grade point average of 3.65, this year’s equestrian team is the winner of the Team GPA Award for the third time in four years. Six of the equestrian ladies received 4.0 GPA’s in the fall of 2015, which is quite a testament to the quality of the program.

In addition to the department-wide awards, each coach took a few moments to honor their players with individual awards.                     

2015-16 Soccer Awards:
MVP: Centara Nulf
Impact Award: Taylor Johnson
Heart and Hustle: Jessica Austell

2015-16 Volleyball Awards
Most Improved: Shae Kochera
Heart and Hustle: Keiona Benjamin
MVP: Jema Bravo

2015-16 Basketball Awards
Impact Player Award - Myra Patrick
Heart and Hustle - Keiona Benjamin
Unsung Hero - Justice Thigpen

2015-16 Softball Awards:       
Offensive MVP: Jema Bravo
Defensive MVP: Victoria Clower
Pitching MVP: Mellissa Webb                                                                                          

2015-16 Tennis Awards:
Coach's Award: Samaria Spencer-Hall
Impact Awards: Amber Davis and Laura Harness