P-P Female Athlete of the Year
Allie Frappier PO ’15
When watching the P-P women’s volleyball team this year, one can quickly notice that Frappier is the most dominant player on the court, and her stats certainly reflect that. Frappier led the nation in kills per set at 5.96 and set the school record for kills in a match, collecting 40 against CMS on Oct. 26. For her performance all season long, Frappier was named SCIAC Player of the Year and landed on the AVCA First-Team All-American. More importantly, Frappier led her team to a second-place finish in the SCIAC and their first NCAA playoff appearance since 1992.
P-P Male Athlete of the Year
Jarrod Gaut PZ ’14
Numbers alone don’t tell the full story when it comes to Gaut. While he finished second on the team in goals, scoring 48 in his senior campaign, Gaut’s contributions to the team came in many different forms, including being one of the primary leaders on the team as well as one of the most reliable players all season long, especially when it mattered most. In the SCIAC semifinals against Chapman University, Gaut scored the game-tying goal in overtime with less than a second left in the period, helping the team earn the victory. Gaut was named to the All-SCIAC First Team and was also voted onto the DIII All-American First Team.
P-P Men’s Team of the Year
In a sport that often lends itself to individual recognition over team awards, the P-P men’s cross-country team broke the trend and stood out this year for its impressive overall team performance. Throughout the entire season the Sagehens continued to improve, and they reached their peak when it mattered most. At the NCAA West Regional, the whole team came together and ran their best races of the year to beat CMS by six points and secure the first-place finish, staking their claim as the best in the West and booking a ticket to the national championships. The Sagehens finished 23rd at Nationals.
P-P Women’s Team of the Year
The three-peat is one of the rarest feats in all of sports, but that is exactly what the P-P women’s water polo team managed to pull off this year. The Sagehens defeated rival CMS in the finals of the SCIAC Championships 7-4 to win their third straight league title and secure their place as one of P-P’s most dominant teams. The team finished the season with an impressive 10-1 record in conference. In addition to dominating the SCIAC, the team also collected some big wins over DI programs, including a 9-8 victory over Villanova University and an exciting 11-9 overtime win over Bucknell University.
CMS Female Athlete of the Year
Michele Kee CM ’14
Diamond Bar, Calif.
As an All-SCIAC selection for the 200-meter butterfly, the 100-meter butterfly, the 200-meter IM, the 800-meter freestyle relay, and the 400-meter medley relay, Kee is one of those swimmers who can do it all. And as one of the top swimmers for the top team in the SCIAC, the senior makes a strong case for female athlete of the year. With a career full of awards and records, Kee finished with a bang at this year’s NCAA DIII Championships. In her last race as an Athena, Kee, along with three of her teammates, set the school record for the 400-meter freestyle relay, finishing with a time of 3:26.32. This performance boosted the Athenas to 13th overall at NCAAs.
CMS Male Athlete of the Year
Warren Wood CM ’15
Del Mar, Calif.
Warren Wood is the No. 1 player for the No. 1 DIII tennis team in the nation. A lot rests on Wood’s shoulders, but it hasn’t shown this year, as he has been nothing short of dominant, securing his place at the top of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association player rankings in the West. Ranked 24th in the preseason rankings, Wood quickly earned the top spot and has held on to it ever since. While the Stags squad is full of top talent, Wood is the clear standout, and with the SCIAC and NCAA tournaments ahead, his greatest achievements for 2014 may be yet to come.
CMS Men’s Team of the Year
The Stags’ one loss of the year came in March against a University of California, Los Angeles team that is currently ranked No. 5 in the nation among DI programs. But the Stags did anything but roll over against the Bruins, pushing many of the match ups to the brink—and the Stags have been just fine the other 23 times they have stepped on the court as a team. Nearly every win has been decisive, leaving little doubt as to which team is the strongest DIII program in the country. Warren Wood CM ’15 is ranked first in the West, Joe Dorn CM ’15 is ranked sixth, Nikolas Marino CM ’15 is ranked eighth, and Skylar Butts CM ’16 is ranked ninth. The true test for the the Stags will come in May at the NCAA Championships.
CMS Women’s Team of the Year
Before the SCIAC Championship, there were serious doubts about the CMS women’s basketball team. They were set to face Chapman University, a team that seemed to have the Athenas’ number all year. CMS lost only three games in the regular season, two of which came at the hands of the Panthers. However, if the Panthers truly had the Athenas’ number, they must have lost it because the championship game was never close. CMS put an exclamation point on its season with a 78-60 win at Chapman’s gym. Although the Athenas went on to get bumped out in the first round of the NCAA DIII tournament by defending champion DePauw University, it was their best season in years. The Athenas will lose All-SCIAC guard Maddy Barnes SC ’14, but they will have plenty of returning talent for next season.