Knoxville, Tenn. (utsports.com)-- The University of Tennessee Athletics Department held the third annual VOLSCARS Monday at the Knoxville Convention Center.
The concept for the VOLSCARS was developed by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as a way to showcase and celebrate the accomplishments of both the men’s and women’s athletic departments. The event was a sports award show modeled after the ESPYs. Tennessee student-athletes began the evening on the “orange” carpet with media interviews in true Hollywood style, followed by a dinner and awards show.
Nominees and award winners included:
Rookie of the Year - given to the rookie in both men’s and women’s athletics who made a direct impact through hard work and dedication.
Jenny Connolly/Women's Swimming & Diving
John-Patrick Smith/Men’s Tennis
Best Supporting Staff Member – awarded to the staff member that has helped, through constant support, make it possible for the head coach to do their job.
Angie Boyd Keck/Admin.-nominated by Volleyball Coaches
Best Comeback – awarded for the best comeback during a game, match or meet
Men’s Tennis - 4-3 come-from-behind win over top-ranked Ohio State to advance to semifinals of ITA National Indoor Tournament
Supporting Role – given to the unsung hero; a high impact player that does not always get credit, but that the team needs for success.
Female Best Supporting Role
Phoebe Wright/Women's Track & Field
Male Best Supporting Role
Barry Murphy/Men’s Swimming & Diving
Big Orange Award - given to a student-athlete who exhibits high character and enthusiasm, has a positive attitude, and encourages their teammates.
Female Big Orange Award
Ashley Quinn/Women's Swimming & Diving
MaleBig Orange Award
Volunteer Award - presented to the female student-athlete who showed commitment to service, volunteerism and leadership.
Howard Aldmon Female Volunteer Award
Bryttany Curran/Women's Swimming & Diving
Male Volunteer Award
Wayne Chism/Men's Basketball
Best TV Moment – awarded to the most exciting TV moment of the year.
Pat Summitt’s 1000th Win
Scholar-Athlete Award – awarded to the student-athlete with the highest GPA.
Helen B. Watson Female Scholar
Steve Tobin/Men's Track & Field
Coach of the Year – awarded to the coach with the best year-end results.
Lady Vols Head Coach Of The Year
J.J. Clark/Women's Track & Field
Vols Head Coach of the Year
Sam Winterbotham/Men's Tennis
Mr. Tennessee - given to the student-athlete who exemplifies the spirit of Tennessee and is awarded based on academics, athletics, team leadership and service.
Geoffrey Sanders/Men's Swimming & Diving
Miss Tennessee - given to the student-athlete who exemplifies the spirit of Tennessee and is awarded based on academics, athletics, team leadership and service.
Sarah McCall/Women's Swimming & Diving
VOLSCARS Best Athlete – awarded to the student-athlete that made the most valuable contribution to the team during the timeline of March 26, 2007 through April 8, 2008.
VOLSCARS Female Best Athlete
Sarah Bowman/Track & Field
VOLSCARS Male Best Athlete
Team of the Year – awarded to the team with the best year-end finish.
Female Team of the Year
Women’s Track & Field
Male Team of the Year
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