GU Celebrates Senior Student-Athletes at Evening of Excellence
June 19, 2015
SPOKANE, Wash. – Men’s basketball player Kevin Pangos was named the Male Senior Athlete of the Year and women's golfer Alice Kim and women’s basketball player Sunny Greinacher were named Co-Female Senior Athletes of the Year, respectively, as the fourth annual Evening of Excellence honored the Bulldog seniors and recognized all Gonzaga student-athletes for another great year of competition, classroom work and community service.
Men’s tennis player Alvaro Nazal and women’s tennis player Kylie Peek were the Male and Female Scholar Athletes of the year, and men’s rowing coxswain Danielle Moorhouse was presented the Leadership Award.
In addition, 25 student-athletes were inducted into Gonzaga University’s chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, the national college athlete honor society. Chi Alpha Sigma exists to encourage and reward high academic scholarship of college athletes at four-year accredited colleges and universities, to recognize outstanding academic achievement by intercollegiate varsity letter winners and to encourage good citizenship, moral character, and friendship among the high academic achievers in college athletics. Founded in 1996, and comprised of members from all levels within the NCAA and the NAIA, Chi Alpha Sigma has grown to over 280 University chapters nationwide. The seniors inducted today have maintained a minimum 3.4 cumulative GPA while earning varsity letters in their respective sports. This year’s inductees are: Erin Bergmann (Women’s Cross Country), Laura Brasch (Women’s Rowing), Casey Burt (Women’s Rowing), Brendan Connolly (Men’s Golf), Allison Fraher (Women’s Cross Country), Mitchell Gunsolus (Baseball), Kyle Hagmeier (Men’s Rowing), Cricket Harber (Women’s Soccer), Nick Kamisar (Men’s Tennis), Alice Kim (Women’s Golf), Tori Lee (Women’s Soccer), Alex Lund (Men’s Rowing), Vladimir Mijatovic (Men’s Tennis), Alvaro Nazal (Men’s Tennis), Haley Nordin (Women’s Cross Country), Kylie Peek (Women’s Tennis), Katey Pennington (Women’s Soccer), Clark Phillips (Men’s Soccer), Lindsay Sherbert (Women’s Basketball), Alexandra Tallas (Women’s Tennis), Brendan Van Deynze (Men’s Cross Country), Kelly Williams (Women’s Cross Country), Cassie Geerdts (Women’s Soccer), Ned Fischer (Men’s Cross Country), Joseph Morris (Men’s Rowing).
The following is a look at this year’s individual award winners.
Male Senior Athlete Of The Year
Kevin Pangos, Men's Basketball
Pangos was named a Third Team Associated Press All-American and the WCC men’s basketball player of the year. This past season, he led Gonzaga to the school’s second-ever Elite Eight and third-straight WCC regular season and tournament championships. The Zags finished the year setting school records with 35 wins and a midseason 22-game win streak. Individually, he rewrote the Gonzaga career record books, etching his name as the all-time leader in three-pointers made with 322 and ranking in the top five all-time in points, assists and steals. He’s part of the winningest senior class in GU history and is the only player in program history with more than 1,700 points, 500 assists and 150 steals. He’s a four-time all-WCC selection, all-WCC academic team honoree and was a nominee for the Naismith, Wooden and Cousy Awards this season. He was also named to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Scholar-Athlete Team this year.
Co-Female Senior Athlete Of The Year
Alice Kim, Women’s Golf
Kim leaves Gonzaga as one of the most decorated golfers in school history. She has won a program-record five career tournaments and is one of just two Bulldogs to earn a WCC Individual Championship, winning the conference tournament in 2014. That WCC win as a junior capped off a stretch of three straight tournament wins for the Honolulu native, the first time any GU golfer captured medalist honors at three tournaments in a row. She also led the Zags to three straight NCAA Regional appearances, their first three postseason bids in program history. Additionally, she owns the lowest single round in school history after shooting a school-record 66, five strokes under par, during the final round of the Hobble Creek Invitational in the fall of 2013. The senior was the first Bulldog to play an LPGA tour event, earning a spot in the 2013 Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California, by virtue of her win at the UC Irvine Invitational as a sophomore. She’s been named All-WCC three times, WCC All-Academic three times, and an All-America Scholar twice. As a senior this season, she has three top 10 finishes and ended four other tournaments in the top 25.
Co-Female Senior Athlete Of The Year
Greinacher was a three-time member of the West Coast Conference All-Academic team. She’s been named All-Conference First Team the past two seasons, after being named to the All-Freshman team in 2012, and honorable mention in 2013. She was the 2014 WCC Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. She was tabbed to the conference’s All-Tournament team this year, along with the NCAA Tournament Spokane Regional All-Tournament team. She was also named to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Scholar-Athlete Team this year. The Essen, Germany, native appeared in 135 games as a Bulldog, which is fourth all-time in program history. While at Gonzaga, she has been a part of four straight WCC regular season titles, four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament, and 110 wins. She is fifth all-time in program history shooting 50.2 percent from the field during her four-year career. She reached 20 points in eight games in her career, while scoring double-digits in 66 contests. She graduated with a degree in Psychology and is finishing up her master’s degree in School Counseling.
Male Scholar Athlete Of The Year
Alvaro Nazal, Men’s Tennis
Nazal was tabbed as a WCC All-Academic first-teamer for the second time in his career. The graduating redshirt junior has a 3.84 GPA while double majoring in accounting and finance, also earning WCC All-Academic in 2013. Nazal leads Gonzaga as one of the most decorated tennis players in school history. He’s the only Zag in recent memory to win 75 career singles matches – which he did in just over three seasons – and he’s the only one to play at the ITA All-American Championships and to receive an ITA national ranking. This season, Nazal also became the first GU player to reach the semifinals of the ITA Northwest Regionals, and he posted 25 total singles wins throughout the year, two off his single-season record set in 2012-13. The Santiago, Chile, native also earned First Team All-WCC honors in singles play and All-WCC Honorable Mention in doubles.
Female Scholar Athlete Of The Year
Peek earned her third consecutive WCC All-Academic title this season after being named to the team as both a sophomore and a junior. A public relations major, Peek has kept a 3.92 GPA throughout her four years at GU and is on track to graduate in May. She’s been just as successful on the court as she has in the classroom; the Park City, Utah, native posted 53 singles wins and 48 doubles victories in her career at GU. As a senior, she equaled a career best by going 17-8 individually with 12 of those wins coming in dual play during 2014-15. Peek also set a career mark with 15 doubles wins, going 11-7 during the dual season.
Pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Moorhouse has maintained a 3.57 GPA and has shown outstanding leadership as a coxswain for the men’s rowing team and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative. She was voted by her peers as SAAC President for the 2014-15 school year. During her time as President, Danielle has contributed numerous hours to assisting the Student-Athlete Support Services staff and has served the Spokane community through several service organizations, including Catholic Charities, Habitat for Humanity and local elementary schools. As the coxswain for the men’s varsity 8+ boat, she helped lead the Zags to wins over Washington State in back-to-back weeks in the fall, as well as back-to-back second-place finishes at the highly-competitive George Washington Invitational.
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