Bouldin, Bowman Earn Bulldog Club Athlete Of Year Honors
May 6, 2010
SPOKANE, Wash. - Basketball players Matt Bouldin and Heather Bowman, men's tennis standout Roman Dojcak and women's soccer player Taylor Hall were honored at the Gonzaga University Bulldog Club Senior Athletes Social Thursday night that paid tribute to 50 senior student-athletes.
Bouldin and Bowman were named the Senior Male Athlete of the Year and the Senior Female Athlete of the Year, respectively. Dojcak received the Senior Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and Hall the Female Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.
"These four student-athletes embellish what Gonzaga University is all about," Bulldog athletic director Mike Roth said. "They have all given us performance on their respective playing fields as well as in the classroom. We wish them well in their career endeavors."
Bouldin started 118 of his 133 appearances in his four years at Gonzaga. He became the 31st player in Bulldog history to record 1,000 points, leaving with 1,683 to rank sixth on the all-time GU list. The native of Highlands Ranch, Colo., is also fifth in career assists with 444 and tied for third in career steals with 170. This past season he was named Co-MVP of the Maui Invitational in helping lead Gonzaga to the title, was a John R. Wooden Award Mid-Season Top 30, Naismith Award Mid-Season Top 30, Bob Cousy Award Top 11 finalist, Lowe's Senior CLASS finalist, became a three-time All-West Coast Conference pick and was named an All-District 9 first-team pick by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He capped his career by earning WCC Player of the Year and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America honors. He helped the Bulldogs extend their streak of NCAA Tournament appearances to 12, including a trip to the 2009 Sweet Sixteen.
Bowman ended her career as one of the most prolific players in Gonzaga and West Coast Conference history. The GU and WCC career scoring leader with 2,165 points was also a four-time All-WCC honoree, four-time WCC All-Tournament member, the 2007 WCC Newcomer of the Year and the 2008 WCC Player of the Year. A product of Spokane's Lewis and Clark High, she averaged 16.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 assist per contest over her four-year career. This past season she was instrumental in helping Gonzaga advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the first time in program history. She was named to the 2009 and 2010 Women's John R. Wooden Award Pre-Season Watch List and to the 2009 Naismith Award Watch List. She was invited to the Seattle Storm training camp last month and played in their first pre-season game last Sunday prior to being released.
Dojcak carries a 3.88 GPA in international business and became the inaugural All-WCC second-team honoree for the Bulldogs after posting team highs of 11 wins in singles play and teaming with Scott Sullivan to record 10 doubles victories this past season. Dojcak led the team this season with three wins at No. 1 singles and four wins at No. 2 singles and also added four more wins while playing in the No. 3 slot. The Zags lone senior opened his final season at Gonzaga advancing to the second round of the highly touted ITA Regional Tournament in October before closing out the fall season by claiming the singles consolation bracket title at the PNW Intercollegiate in November. The native of Kosice, Slovakia, was also a two-time WCC All-Academic selection and two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete. He has earned President's List honors (3.7 GPA or above) for each of his seven previous semesters.
Hall, who has a 3.92 GPA in mechanical engineering, suffered a season-ending knee injury the first week of fall camp and was forced to sit out her senior season. The midfielder from Fort Collins, Colo., started 35 of her 53 career appearances and scored all three of her career goals as a freshman in 2006 when she earned All-WCC Freshman Team recognition. She is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, and Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society. She has been on the President's List each of her seven previous semesters.
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