Volume 18 • Issue 1
Athletics: Pirates on the Move
Nationally Ranked SU Volleyball Excelling on the Court
The Southwestern University volleyball team is building on its success from the 2005 season when the Pirates won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and reached the NCAA South Regional Semi-Finals.
The Pirates have been ranked in the top-25 in the nation all season and have been as high as ninth in the CSTV/AVCA Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll. With the season more than halfway through, SU has a record of 29-8,13-5 in the SCAC. Two of the Pirates losses have come to nationally ranked NAIA member Houston Baptist. The Southwestern netters have recorded wins over four national top-25 teams, including then fifth-ranked Emory University at the Southwestern Invitational.
The Southwestern volleyball team earned an at-large bid to the 60-team field for the NCAA Division III Womens Volleyball Championship.
Mens Soccer Taking Advantage of Home Field/Crowd
The Southwestern mens soccer team finished the season 11-7-1, 6-2-1 in SCAC play. The Pirates are 5-2-1 in games played at SU with their only home losses coming in the first and last games of the season.
The Pirates have been led by senior John Martinez who has scored a team season high eight goals. His eight goals and 17 points are good for fourth-best in the conference. Fellow senior Lauro Davalos leads the team with six assistsfourth in the SCAC.
Womens Soccer Finding Success in Conference Play
The Southwestern womens soccer team owns a 7-8-3 record, 4-3-2 in SCAC play. In conference games, the Pirates have outscored opponents 11-3. The teams 11 goals in SCAC play is the third-most in the conference.
The Pirates are led on offense by sophomore Casey Grier. In addition to two assists, Grier has scored seven goals, second-highest in the conference. She was named SCAC Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 25 through Oct. 1. Teammate Erin Youngstrom is second on the squad with four goals and two assists.
Athletic Director Glada Munt Named NACWAA NCAA Division III Administrator of the Year
The National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators Administrator of the Year Award is bestowed to members who have made significant contributions as administrators of intercollegiate athletics. We are honored to recognize these outstanding administrators for their hard work and dedication to the field of intercollegiate athletics, says Jennifer Alley, executive director.
This year, Southwestern University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Glada Munt, now in her 32nd year at Southwestern, was honored with the National Administrator of the Year Award for NCAA Division III.
In her tenure at Southwestern, Munt has served as head volleyball coach, head womens basketball coach, head womens tennis coach, assistant athletics director and assistant professor in kinesiology. She took the reigns as athletic director 10 years ago and the Southwestern University Athletic Department has prospered greatly under her leadership. Currently, Munt is a mentor for the NCAA Fellows Leadership Development Program and serves on the Collegiate Women Sports Awards Board of Directors. Additionally, she has been highly involved on the national collegiate athletics level, having chaired the NCAA Division III National Volleyball Committee, South Region, serving as a member and chair of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Region 6 Committee and as president of the NAIA National Volleyball Coaches Association.
Munt has received numerous accolades for her coaching and executive leadership. She was inducted into the NAIA Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1990 and inducted into the Southwestern University Hall of Fame in 2004. She also was one of 12 honorees named as a 2005 Sports Ethics Fellow by the Institute for International Sport.
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