The women’s tennis and volleyball teams were among seven Sun Belt Conference
recipients of the NCAA’s Public Recognition Awards for posting academic progress in the top 10 percent of their sport. The APR tracks the grades of every student-athlete on scholarship.
Junior shortstop Nina Villanueva was named an all-conference softball first-teamer for the second consecutive year. The San Diego native earned All-Sun Belt Conference honors in 2014 after making the Western Athletic Conference first team last year. She led the Mavericks in batting average (.348), hits (56), RBIs (39), and home runs (8).
Tamerah Gorham helped the women’s team finish sixth by capturing the 800-meter crown at the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May. The freshman from Arlington also won the 800 at the SBC indoor championships in February.
Sophomore Elizabeth Thoms was named to the Sun Belt All-Conference singles first team. The West Sussex, United Kingdom, native delivered nine wins while playing in the top two singles positions in the 2014 season. The women’s tennis team finished 12-8, losing in the semifinals of the SBC championships.