Gray, Vandersloot, Sweeney, Harrison Earn Senior Honors

May 5, 2011

SPOKANE, Wash. - A pair of basketball standouts and two soccer players were honored Thursday at the Gonzaga University Senior Student-Athlete Awards Social as the Bulldogs honored 66 student-athletes in this year's Senior Class.

Basketball players Steven Gray and Courtney Vandersloot were named the Male and Female Senior Athlete of the Year, respectively, while men's soccer player Collin Harrison and women's soccer player Elle Sweeney were honored as the Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, respectively.

"These four honorees exemplify what we strive for at Gonzaga - athletic and academic excellence," Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said. "They have performed to their highest capabilities on the field of competition and in the classroom. We thank all of our senior student-athletes for representing Gonzaga in a positive manner and wish them well in their career endeavors."

Vandersloot ended her career as the most prolific player in Bulldog and West Coast Conference history. The unprecedented three-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year and West Coast Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player became both Gonzaga's and the WCC's first consensus All-American, being named to the Coaches' State Farm All-America Team, the John R. Wooden All-America squad and the USBWA All-America team this season.

She became the first player, men's or women's, in NCAA Division I history to close out their career with 2,000 points and 1,000 assists, finishing with 2,073 points and 1,118 assists. The native of Kent, Wash., also broke the NCAA single-season assist record this season with 367 and the GU single-season scoring mark with 712 points. She was named the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Player of the Year and won the Nancy Lieberman Award as the top point guard in the nation. She led the Zags to the post season each of her four years, reaching the schools then-first NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen in 2010 and the programs first trip to the Elite Eight this past season. Vandersloot was the third overall pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky.

Gray, from Irondale, Wash., left his mark on Bulldog basketball. His 1,432 career points rank fifteenth, his 339 assists are sixth and his 155 steals rank third. He helped lead the Bulldogs to four NCAA tournaments to extend the current streak of NCAA appearances to thirteen. He earned West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year honors in 2008, was WCC honorable mention in 2009 and capped his career with back-to-back All-WCC first-team honors. He was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 9 first team this past season and was a John R. Wooden award candidate.

Harrison, from Boulder, Colo., lettered three seasons after transferring to Gonzaga. A steady midfielder, he was a stalwart in Gonzaga's defensive scheme. He played and started all 56 matches in his GU career, scoring his lone career goal this past season to go with two career assists as a sophomore. He was a WCC honorable mention selection and WCC All-Academic first-team honoree this past fall. He carries a 3.94 GPA in business administration with concentrations in international business and marketing. He was on the President's List every semester he attended Gonzaga.

Sweeney, from Highlands Ranch, Colo., began her career at Gonzaga helping the defense post a 0.96 goals-against-average with nine shutouts her freshman season. A knee injury sidelined her the following season but she returned in 2009 to start all 20 matches and receive West Coast Conference honorable mention and WCC All-Academic honorable mention honors. She served as the Bulldogs co-captain this past season and scored her first career goal while once again starting all 20 matches. She capped her career by being named WCC honorable mention and WCC All-Academic honorable mention. She has a 3.91 GPA in political science and was named to the President's List every semester of her career, including two semesters with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Harrison and Sweeney joined 26 other Gonzaga senior student-athletes earlier Thursday in the inaugural Bulldog induction into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society. The Gonzaga chapter was begun this year.

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