Onchi and Taylor Named Catawba's Top Senior Athletes


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba College has announced its 2018-19 athletic award winners for its student-athletes.  The awards were presented at the annual athletic award ceremony held at the Keppel Auditorium on Tuesday, April 30. Heading the list of award winners were Erisa Onchi and Jameel Taylor, who were awarded the Lomax and Kirkland Awards for the top male and female senior athletes, and Elizabeth Webb and Robert Morrison, who were given the Wurster Awards for team leadership.

Onchi, a tennis player from Tokyo, Japan, was named the Lomax Award winner. She was a three-time All-South Atlantic Conference selection in singles and was honorable mention in double in 2016. Onchi won 44 career singles matches and another 40 in doubles.

Taylor, of Anderson, S.C., who played basketball, earned the Kirkland Award. He was a three-time all-conference pick and the 2019 league Defensive Player of the Year. Taylor was an all-region performer as a senior and finished as the school’s #4 career scorer with 1,863 points.

The Wurster Awards were established to honor a male and a female that demonstrate strong character, able leadership and an outstanding team-before-self attitude. Webb, a basketball player from Statesville, N.C., and Morrison, a lacrosse player from Warrenton, Va., earned this year's awards.

New awards this year was given to the male and female newcomers of the year. Freshman swimmer Carolin Albers, of Darmstadt, Germany, was the female winner and junior basketball player Marcell Haskett, of Newport News, Va., was the male honoree. Albers set four individual records on the year and was all-conference in the 500 free. Haskett was a second team all-conference pick, averaging 14.5 points and setting a school record with 82 three-pointers 

Women’s cross country runner, Nikki Elminowski, of Monroe, N.C., was given the Darrus Morris Comeback Player of the Year award for returning to action following a hip injury in 2016. The surgery took her out of action for the spring track season, but was able to return to action in the fall of 217.

Luca Picci, of Harare, Zimbabwe, and Marcia-Mariel Erhart, of Rodgau, Germany, were the recipients of the SAAC Award for the highest cumulative GPA’s for seniors. Picci, an economics and finance major that plays tennis, posted a 3.985 grade point average.  Erhart, a swimmer, had a 3.971 GPA while majoring in mathematics and psychology.     

The awards for team MVPs went to: Jeremy Simpson and Hunter Shepherd (Baseball), Jameel Taylor (Men's Basketball), Elizabeth Webb (Women's Basketball), Patience Hunt (Women's Cross Country), Kyle Rhodes (Men's Cross Country), Kenyatta Greene (Football), Tanner Bibey (Men’s Golf), Kaley Barts (Women’s Golf), Kevin Geiger (Men’s Lacrosse), Aryn Dorr (Women’s Lacrosse),  Hunter Faust (Men's Soccer), Jovana Sanchez (Women's Soccer), Jordan Dean (Softball), Carolin Albers (Women’s Swimming), Joao Miranda (Men’s Swimming), Ryen Reid (Men's Tennis), Sophie Hirsch (Women's Tennis), Darius Turner (Men's Track & Field), MeKayla White (Women's Track & Field), Allison Benton (Volleyball), Abby Chopelas (Cheerleading), MaKenna Pate (Dance), Burke Fulcher (Athletic Training) and Hayley Morgan (Sports Information).

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«April 2021»
April 1

Tennis (W) @ Newberry 0-7

Soccer (W) @ Coker 1-0

Soccer (M) @ Coker 2-1

April 2

Baseball @ Mars Hill 12-1

Softball NEWBERRY 5-4

Baseball @ Mars Hill 12-6

Softball NEWBERRY 8-7

April 3

Lacrosse (M) @ Mars Hill 16-8

Baseball @ Mars Hill 13-1

Baseball @ Mars Hill 11-0

April 5

Tennis (W) TUSCULUM 2-5

Soccer (W) WINGATE (SAC Tournament - Quarterfinals) 2-1

April 6

Baseball @ Wingate 0-8

Baseball @ Wingate 5-2

April 7

Softball WINGATE 3-4

Tennis (W) @ Wingate 0-7

Softball WINGATE 5-2

Lacrosse (M) COKER 12-13

April 8

Soccer (W) LENOIR-RHYNE (SAC Tournament - Semifinals) 0-1

April 9

Track/Field @ Flames Invitational - Day 1

Soccer (M) SHAW 3-2

Softball @ UVA Wise 10-6

Softball @ UVA Wise 2-3

April 10

Track/Field @ NC A&T Invite

Track/Field @ Flames Invitational - Day 2

Tennis (W) vs. Carson-Newman (Lake Norman Tennis Center) 1-6

April 11

Baseball UVA WISE 1 p.m.

Baseball UVA WISE 4 p.m.

April 12

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodlake GC ) 8 a.m.

Softball @ Carson-Newman 1 p.m.

Baseball UVA WISE 1 p.m.

Softball @ Carson-Newman 3 p.m.

Baseball UVA WISE 4 p.m.

April 13

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodlake GC ) 8:30 a.m.

Baseball MOUNT OLIVE 4 p.m.

April 14

Softball @ Queens 1 p.m.

Softball @ Queens 3 p.m.

Beach Volleyball SPARTANBURG METHODIST 4 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) WINGATE 6 p.m.

Beach Volleyball SPARTANBURG METHODIST 6 p.m.

April 16

Beach Volleyball @ Small College Championships

Softball COKER 3 p.m.

Baseball ANDERSON 4 p.m.

Softball COKER 5 p.m.

Baseball ANDERSON 7 p.m.

April 17

Beach Volleyball @ Small College Championships

Baseball ANDERSON 2 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) QUEENS 4 p.m.

Baseball ANDERSON 5 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) QUEENS 7 p.m.

April 18

Beach Volleyball @ Small College Championships

April 19

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodlake GC ) 8 a.m.

Baseball v. Belmont Abbey (Atrium Health Ballpark) 6 p.m.

April 20

Lacrosse (M) SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Lacrosse (W) SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodlake GC ) 8:30 a.m.

Softball BELMONT ABBEY 1 p.m.

Softball BELMONT ABBEY 3 p.m.

Baseball @ UNC Pembroke 6 p.m.

April 21

Beach Volleyball ST. ANDREWS 5 p.m.

Beach Volleyball ST. ANDREWS 7 p.m.

April 22

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

April 23

Softball @ SAC Tournemant

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Beach Volleyball Erskine vs. CVCC 2 p.m.

Beach Volleyball CVCC 5 p.m.

April 24

Softball @ SAC Tournament

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships - Day 1 9 a.m.

Beach Volleyball ERSKINE 9:30 a.m.

Beach Volleyball Free Volleyball Clinic (Beach & Indoor) 11:30 a.m.

Beach Volleyball ERSKINE 2:30 p.m.

April 25

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships - Day 2 9:30 a.m.

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Championship) 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Championship) 4 p.m.

April 26

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

April 27

Beach Volleyball SANDHILLS CC 4 p.m.

Beach Volleyball SANDHILLS CC 6 p.m.

April 29

Beach Volleyball Tusculum vs. Carson-Newman 11 a.m.

Beach Volleyball LINCOLN MEMORIAL 1 p.m.

Beach Volleyball Carson-Newman vs. Lincoln Memorial 4 p.m.

Beach Volleyball TUSCULUM 6 p.m.

April 30

Beach Volleyball Lincoln Memorial vs. Tusculum 11 a.m.

Beach Volleyball CARSON-NEWMAN 1 p.m.

Beach Volleyball Tusculum vs. Carson-Newman 4 p.m.

Beach Volleyball LINCOLN MEMORIAL 6 p.m.

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