FSU Celebrates Student-Athletes at the Broncos Sport Awards Ceremony

NOY: Samira Luis, Male AOY: Tyrrel Tate, Female AOY: Joylene Thompson, ROY: De'Aira Smith

April 24, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE, NC - The FSU Department of Athletics decked the walls of Felton J. Capel Arena and transformed it for an elaborate ceremony. The event, which will carry on as the FSU Broncos Sport Awards (BSAs), is an evening set aside to acknowledge and honor the hard work and dedication of its student-athletes.

The highlight of the evening concluded with the naming of volleyball's senior middle hitter Joylene Thompson (Spanish Town, Jamaica) men's basketball senior forward Tyrrel Tate (Raleigh, NC) as the female and male Student-Athlete of the Year, respectfully.

Thompson, the CIAA Volleyball Tournament MVP, led the Lady Broncos to back-to-back championships. For her efforts during the NCAA Regionals, she was named to the Atlantic Region All-Tourney squad. The two-time All-CIAA member and Nursing major was also honored the team's Most Valuable Player during the ceremony.

Tate has now become one of few who have been named the male's Student-Athlete of the Year. An honor he received in 2012. Tate led the Broncos in one of its most successful seasons under CIAA Coach of the Year Alphonza Kee. The All-Conference honoree is also a two-time team MVP.

The first awards of the evening were distributed to the student-athlete of each program who had the highest grade-point-average. Brittany Gadsen (cheerleading), Matthew Showers (men's cross country), Chiquanna Anderson (women's cross country), Anthony Duran (football), Akysia Resper (women's basketball), Joshua Dawson (men's basketball), Crystal Mujica (bowling), Taheiya Foster (tennis), Alexis Wickham (softball), Brandon Jobe (golf) and Amy Beckett (volleyball) received academic awards from Chancellor James A. Anderson and the FAR Dr. Perry Massey.



Matthew Stowers of cross country received the highest overall GPA award amongst all student-athletes. First year head coach Michael Justiniano accepted the award for team's highest GPA on behalf of the men's cross country team.

The Broncos support squad of Cheer Phi Smoov not only assisted the sports with their cheers and routines, they played major roles in the community with over 615 community service hours. The most of any program within the department, the honor of the Humanitarian Award was bestowed to the program.

A couple of new awards were added to this year's presentation. The Freshman Student-Athlete of the Year was presented to De'Aira Smith of the women's basketball team. The Newcomer of the Year was netted by Samira Luis of volleyball.

Each program's head coach accompanied a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) to present program awards.

Most valuable players for the respective teams were also announced. They are: Joylene Thompson (volleyball), Brandon Jobe (golf), Samantha Ledbetter (tennis), Crystal Mujica (bowling), Amanda Anderson (women's cross country), Branden Elmore (men's cross country), Kevin Alfonso (football - offense), Michael Johnson (football - defense), Akysia Resper (women's basketball), Tyrrel Tate (men's basketball), Jessica Randolph and Sierra Henderson-Holmes (softball) and Latisha Terrell (cheerleading).

List of all of the awards:

Sports Medicine: Male Comeback Student-Athlete of the Year - Colon Bailey, Jr.; Female Comeback Student-Athlete of the Year - Jessica Hardy

Cheerleading Individual Awards: Most Spirited - Jasmine McCrae; Most Dedicated - Lee Marvin Stilley; Best All-Around - Latisha Terrell; Coach's Award - Darian Williams

Volleyball Individual Awards: Most Valuable Player - Joylene Thompson; Most Improved Player - Taylor Norris; Most Outstanding Newcomer - Samira Luis; Coach's Award - Ja'Misha Jordan

Golf's Individual Awards: Most Valuable Player -Brandon Jobe; Most Outstanding Newcomer - Christopher Jackson; Coach's Award - Justin Smith

Tennis Individual Awards: Most Valuable Player - Samantha Ledbetter; Most Outstanding Newcomer - Selena Cox; Coach's Award: Taylor Norris

Bowling Individual Awards: Most Valuable Player - Crystal Mujica; Most Outstanding Rookie - Jasmin Aponte; Coach's Award - Ashley Cooper

Cross Country Individual Awards: Most Valuable Female Runner - Amanda Anderson; Most Valuable Male Runner -Branden Elmore; Most Improved Player - Matthew Stowers; Coach's Award - Brittany Wilkins

Football Individual Awards: MVP-Special Teams - Antonio Mayo; MVP-Offense - Kevin Alfonso; MVP-Defense - Michael Johnson; Most Outstanding Newcomer - Travis Scales

Women's Basketball Awards: Most Valuable Player - Akysia Resper; MVP-Offense - Amber Calvin; MVP-Defense - Deja Middleton; Coach's Award - De'Aira Smith

Men's Basketball Awards: Most Valuable Player - Tyrrel Tate; MVP-Offense - Tyrrel Tate; MVP-Defense - Louis Craft; Coach's Award - Travis Marcus

Softball Awards: Coach's Award - Zoe Howard; Most Improved Player - Amanda Anderson; Co-Most Valuable Players - Jessica Randolph & Sierra Henderson-Holmes; Most Outstanding Rookie - Erica Rodriguez

Special Awards: Freshman Athlete of the Year - De'Aira Smith; Newcomer Athlete of the Year - Samira Luis; Humanitarian Award - Cheer Phi Smoov; SAAC Outstanding Leadership Award - Branden Elmore

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