MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Senior’s Caleb Brophy (men’s volleyball) and Christina Harvey (women’s basketball) took home top honors as Male and Female Athletes of the Year during the Pfeiffer University athletic department’s annual Athletic Awards Ceremony held on Wednesday night in the Henry Pfeiffer Chapel. Harvey would rack up four total awards during the event while Brophy ended up with three as nominations and voting were all handled by Pfeiffer’s student-athletes.
In addition to “Female Athlete of the Year,” Harvey (Locust Grove, VA) would also be named the “Best Indoor Female” along with receiving the “Comeback Award” and “Perseverance Award.” During the 2012-2013 women’s basketball season, Harvey averaged 16.8 points per game and 9.5 rebounds to lead the Lady Falcons into the NCAA II Southeast Region tournament. Harvey was a three-time Conference Carolinas “Player of the Week” during the season and racked up postseason honors being named to the league’s all-conference first team and all-tournament team. Harvey also set a new school-record for 112 offensive rebounds in a season and cracked the prestigious 1,000-point career scoring list finishing seventh all-time with 1,200 points. All of this, including her “Comeback Award” and “Perseverance Award,” after an ACL injury in 2011-2012 that cut her junior season short.
Brophy (Mission Viejo, CA) would also receive “Best Indoor Male” and be a part of the “Best Moment” of the year as men’s volleyball captured their second-straight Conference Carolinas tournament championship with a 3-1 win over Limestone. Brophy would do his own re-writing of the record books at Pfeiffer after being named Conference Carolinas “Player of the Year” in addition to his MVP status received after putting down a school-record 30 kills in that four-set win over Limestone. Brophy would slam down a school-record 365 kills in 2013 averaging 4.24 kills/set hitting .328 to lead the Falcons. Brophy will end his playing career holding 10 school-records in most game (four), season (three) and career (three) categories of kills and attacks.
The 2012-2013 “Coach of the Year” honors went to Greg Walker of volleyball thanks in part to the men’s volleyball taking home their “Best Moment” award for their championship run. The Falcons concluded their 2013 campaign with a 17-8 overall record while compiling a 13-3 mark in Conference Carolinas play. Playing as an official NCAA division one sport (NCAA does not sponsor men’s volleyball for division two), Pfeiffer stepped out onto the national stage traveling to big men’s volleyball schools like Penn State, IPFW and Ball State. Next season, the winner of the Conference Carolinas tournament will get an automatic bid into the national tournament that has featured UC Irvine, Southern California, Penn State, Stanford, Ohio State and UCLA in years past.
Hayden Kirk (men’s lacrosse) and Shannon Bonnel (women’s lacrosse) would take home the “Best Outdoor” athlete awards on Wednesday night both leading their respective teams into the national rankings for lacrosse all season long. Kirk (Farmingdale, NY) has anchored a Falcon defense in net logging just over 913 minutes in goal while making 165 saves in 446 shots faced. His goals-against-average of 8.93 and .548 save percentage has led him to first team all-conference honors Conference Carolinas. Bonnel (Mechanicsville, MD) was named “Co-Player of the Year” in Conference Carolinas after a 35-goal, 16-assist performance in 2013 leading the Lady Falcons to as high as sixth in the national rankings. Bonnel complimented her 51-point season with 41 groundballs, 36 draw controls and 15 caused turnovers. When the 2013 season comes to an official end, Bonnel will finish no worse than seventh on the all-time assists list and second on the all-time goal scoring list.
Bonnel and the rest of her Lady Falcon teammates received the year’s “Best Upset” award after defeating Le Moyne 10-8 back on March 6th. The Dolphins entered N.E. Lefko Field ranked #2 in the nation and were dealt that 10-8 loss after four goals from Carly Garrison propelled the 14th-ranked Lady Falcons to the two-goal victory. That victory was the sixth-straight for Pfeiffer in the midst of their 12-game win streak to start the year which also set a new school-record.
The 2012-2013 “Rookie of the Year” honors went to freshman Aaliyah Jackson of the women’s soccer team. Jackson found the back of the net a team and Conference Carolinas best 12 times during the fall which included four game-winners. Jackson was named the Conference Carolinas “Freshman of the Year” in addition to the all-tournament team and the NSCAA’s Southeast Region third team.
Other award winners on Wednesday night including Men and Women’s Swimming taking home the “Community Impact” award while Patrick King of the men’s team won the second “Perseverance Award” along with Harvey. Campus and fan favorites Tyler Summers (baseball) and Sam Taylor (softball) snagged the Male and Female Sportsmanship awards.
2012-2013 Pfeiffer University Athletic Award Winners
Male Athlete of the Year – Caleb Brophy (MVB)
Female Athlete of the Year – Christina Harvey (WBB)
Best Outdoor Male – Hayden Kirk (MLAX)
Best Outdoor Female – Shannon Bonnel (WLAX)
Best Indoor Male – Caleb Brophy (MVB)
Best Indoor Female – Christina Harvey (WBB)
Rookie of the Year – Aaliyah Jackson (WSOC)
Coach of the Year – Greg Walker (M/W Volleyball)
Community Impact Award – Men and Women’s Swimming
Comeback Award – Christina Harvey (WBB)
Best Moment – Men’s Volleyball Championship Game Victory
Best Upset – Women’s Lacrosse vs. #2 Le Moyne
Male Sportsmanship – Tyler Summers (BSB)
Female Sportsmanship – Sam Taylor (SB)
Perseverance Award – Christina Harvey (WBB) voted on by Athletic Trainers and Patrick King (Men’s Swimming) voted on by peers