Two Valley Grads, Eight UTB/TSC Athletes Named All-Americans
POSTED: Monday, December 7, 2009 - 5:56pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:34am
UTB/TSC All-Americans (NAIA)
Arlene Ferreira (Volleyball)
Mario Perez (Men's Soccer -- Brownsville Porter)
Valquiria Caboclo (Volleyball)
Juan Gamboa (Men's Soccer -- Brownsville Pace)
Brian Hardie (Men's Soccer)
Aaron Guerrero (Men's Soccer)
Jodie Hunter (Women's Soccer)
Stephanie Reid (Women's Soccer)
Scorpion sophomore outside hitter Arlene Ferreira has been named to the 2009 Tachikara Volleyball All-America Team as a selection to the First Team, as selected by the NAIA Volleyball All-America Selection Committee.
Freshman middle blocker Valquiria Caboclo was named to the Third Team.
The Scorpions (34-3) were eliminated in the National Championship in the quarterfinals and finished tied for fifth in the nation.
"Arlene was simply amazing for us all year," Scorpion head coach Todd Lowery said. "Her front row presence us so overwhelming that what she does on defense was often overlooked."
Ferreira showed off her tremendous leaping ability at the NAIA national tournament. She was named the Player of the Year in the Red River Athletic Conference, where she led the league in digs. Ferreira, who grew up in Urberlandia, Brazil, finished the season with identical 4.0 averages in kills per set and digs per set.
"She is the best defensive player I have ever had," Lowery said. "Arlene is everything you want in your go to player. She is clutch at the end of the match and the harder the opponent the better she performs. On top of that, she is just an enjoyable player to coach and watch."
At the national tournament, the Sao Paulo Brazil native averaged 2.8 kills per match and had the tournament's fifth-highest hitting percentage with a .340 mark.
"Val was a huge part of this team's success," Lowery said. "She was unbelievably consistent and was able to score at such a high percentage. Even playing against the best teams in the country this past week, nobody really seemed to have an answer for her."
For the year, Caboclo averaged 2.55 kills per set and had a hitting percentage of .434, highest in the RRAC and second-highest in the nation. She was named RRAC Freshman of the Year.
"To have a freshman play with as few mistakes as Val did all year is was a pleasant surprise," Lowery said. "I don't feel that I could have a better middle block. Her work ethic in practice and during the game is unmatched. She has been an great asset to our program."
Scorpion freshman Mario Perez has been named to the Third Team of the 2009 NAIA Men's Soccer All-America Team, as selected by the NAIA Men's Soccer All-America Selection Committee.
Perez was one of several Scorpions who provided major contributions to UTB/TSC's undefeated 17-0-2 season. The Scorpions had an early-season tie with Belhaven College before reeling off 12 straight victories, highlighted by the team's third straight Red River Athletic Conference championship. UTB/TSC tied Biola University, 2-2, but lost on penalty kicks, 4-3, in a NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship Opening Round game.
Perez had six goals and seven assists for the season. He was the right-side corner kicker for the Scorpions and several of his assists came off corner kicks that led to goals.
"I'm delighted for Mario; he was fantastic for us this season," Scorpion head coach Dan Balaguero said. "He is a great player who can change the game in an instant. In the national tournament game against Biola his performance was one of the best individual performances I have witnessed at the collegiate level."
Against Biola, Perez had an assist in the game with a corner kick on the first Scorpion goal that was driven into the net by Aaron Guerrero.
Perez was the fastest player on the Scorpion squad and played on the attacking right side. He frequently beat his defenders down the sideline, always looking for a shot or crossing pass to set up a shot for a teammate.
Perez, who graduated from Brownsville Porter High School, is the younger brother of Scorpion Rogelio "Chino" Perez, who plays midfield.
Three other Scorpions were recognized on the All-America team as Honorable Mention selections. All three were chosen to the First Team of the RRAC All-Conference Team.
Junior goalkeeper and co-captain Juan Gamboa has been First Team All-RRAC twice and Second Team once in three years with the Scorpions. He is a graduate of Brownsville Pace High School.
Guerrero, a freshman from Tampico, Mexico, led the Scorpion in goals with nine.
Senior defender Brian Hardie, a native of Corby, England, was named Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year.
Scorpion freshman defender Jodie Hunter and junior goalkeeper Stephanie Reid have been named as Honorable Mentions on the 2009 NAIA Women's Soccer All-America Teams, as selected by the NAIA Women's Soccer All-America Selection Committee.
Hunter and Reid were both named to the First Team on the Red River Athletic Conference All-Conference teams.
Hunter, who came to UTB/TSC from Batley, England, was named RRAC Defensive Player of the Year. She was one of the defensive forces on a Scorpion team that stopped six opponents without a goal during the season.
Reid, who grew up in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, was the goalkeeper on the six shutouts. She played during her freshman year at University of the Cumberlands.
The Scorpions won the Red River Athletic Conference tournament championship and advanced to the NAIA National Women's Soccer Championship Opening Round. UTB/TSC was eliminated by Southern Nazarene University, 4-1, ending a successful season with a record of 11-5-2.