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Three Broncos named All-American
Three Santa Clara student-athletes received their respective sports’ highest honor this past fall. Volleyball player Crystal Match, soccer player Peter Lowry, and water polo player Tommy Kelly each earned All-American honors for their outstanding play in 2007.
Matich, a senior, was named AVCA All-American Honorable Mention after leading SCU to its fifth West Coast Conference title. She compiled a team-best .331 hitting percentage and led Santa Clara in assists, averaging 13.29 per game. She finished her career on the Mission campus ranked third on the all-time assists average list and fourth in career assists with 4,384.
Fellow senior Lowry capped his outstanding career on the pitch in style, scoring a career high eight goals, while notching seven assists to help SCU post a 16-2-4 record and a spot in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. For his career, Lowry netted 22 goals, good for seventh all-time at SCU, and had 15 assists for 59 total points.
Kelly wrapped up his senior season by leading the Broncos to their first ever No. 2 seed in the Western Water Polo Association Championships. One of the top two-meter defenders in the league, Kelly also found time to score 25 goals and notch seven assists. He picked up 12 steals and only received 15 kickouts all season. — JM and SP
Broncos sweep conference awards
A total of 35 student-athletes received all-conference honors. The men’s soccer team won its second consecutive WCC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Championship Tournament, where the Broncos defeated UCLA before losing 2-0 to Notre Dame. The volleyball team received its fifth WCC crown and 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, and the women’s soccer team finished third in West Coast Conference action and participated in its 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament.
Junior Brittany Lowe joined teammates Matich and Kelley on the All-WCC First Team and senior Caroline Walters and sophomore Lindsy Evans received West Coast honorable mention accolades. On Nov. 3, Walters broke the school and conference all-time digs record of 1,860, which was set by fellow Bronco Lia Young (1990-93). The new record of 1,932 was set at the conclusion of SCU’s season on Nov. 30.
Senior captain Brittany Klein and sophomore Kiki Bosio led the way with First Team honors, while seniors Tina Estrada and Chioma Igwe and sophomore Katherine Reynolds were named to the All-WCC Second Team. Senior forward Meagan Snell was named an honorable mention and Maxine Goynes and Kendra Perry received All-Freshman team honors.
The men’s and women’s cross country teams finished third and fourth, respectively, in the WCC. Both programs earned a spot at the NCAA West Regional, where the men finished 19th overall and the women ended the season 22nd overall. Senior Michael Delaurenti and freshman Melissa Conlin earned All-WCC honors as they were the top finishers for the Broncos at the WCC Championships. Also receiving all-conference honors were sophomore Alex Harkins and freshman Chris Sampson, who were named to the honorable mention list.
Men’s water polo
The men’s water polo team finished fourth in the WWPA this year after compiling a 17-13 record, which was the team’s best season since 2003. Tommy Kelly was named First Team All-WWPA and fellow senior captain Rob Callahan took home Second Team All-WWPA honors. Junior Tommy Hendrickson was given All-WWPA honorable mention and also made the All-Tournament team in the WWPA Championships. Nick Poggetti was being named to the WWPA All-Freshman Team. —JM and SP
A candidate with CLASS
Presented annually to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year in eight sports, the award focuses on the “Four C’s”—classroom, character, community, and competition. Lowe’s, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, will award the winner with a trophy during the men’s NCAA Final Four weekend.
Henke is a three-year letterwinner for the Broncos and a two-year starter. Coming into his senior year, he had played in 86 games and averaged 6.2 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game. His best season so far has been in 2005-06, when he scored 9.4 points per game and grabbed 5.6 rebounds a game. He was slowed by an ankle injury last season, but still appeared in 30 games and started 13 to help SCU finish 21-10 and 10-4 in conference play. Henke is one of two team captains for the 2007-08 season and he has never received a technical foul in his career.
Off the court, Henke also excels. Majoring in finance, he’s earned a 3.76 cumulative grade point average. The Minnetonka, Minn., native has also been a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, currently serving as president. For the group’s canned food and winter clothing drives the past two years, Santa Clara student-athletes have collected the most donations of any West Coast Conference school.
The CLASS Award—whose acronym stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School—was launched during the 2001-02 season to honor college basketball seniors who remain committed to their university at a time when going pro early can be mighty hard to resist. —JM and SP