Driven On and Off the Field
UHV’s student-athletes continued to drive the university’s athletics legacy both on and off the field.
The softball team won its second Red River Athletic Conference regular season title in three years and made its seventh appearance at the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Championship Tournament. The men’s golf team won its fourth straight PGA Works Golf Championship, the fifth in six years for the Jaguars, and its second straight South Padre Island Invitational title. In soccer, the men’s team advanced to the RRAC semifinals, while the women’s team battled to the RRAC quarterfinals.
The university’s student-athletes also were recognized for their excellence in the classroom with 62 of them, or nearly 50 percent, named RRAC Scholar Athletes.
Here are some more of the year’s highlights for the Jaguars:
- UHV began the year by being named an NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution.
- A record 39 student-athletes were named to the Fall 2018 UHV President’s and Deans’ lists, while 31 were recognized on the Spring 2019 President’s and Deans’ lists.
- The softball team collected its 11th season of 30-plus wins.
- The 2019 UHV Athletes of the Year were softball player Torey Dumont and soccer player Palemon Plancarte.
- The softball team knocked off the top-ranked University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in the semifinals of the Dodge City Bracket of the NAIA Opening Round but came up short for a trip to the NAIA World Series after losing twice to USAO in the finals.
- The softball team finished No. 19 in the NAIA poll and was ranked as high as No. 11 during the season after compiling a record 20-game winning streak.
- Michelle Revels was named to the Google Cloud College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America softball second team and all-district first team.
- The RRAC Freshman of the Year in baseball was pitcher Bailey Kolb, while Joshua Fonseca represented UHV on the RRAC second team.
- The RRAC Defensive Player of the Year in softball was Torey Dumont, while Emily Flores, Michelle Revels, Peyton Branham, Gabby Davila and Kelsey Tidrick were named to the RRAC first team and Ashley Reyna to the second team.
- Ryan Morant was named to the RRAC all-conference men’s golf team.
- Lauren Leslie was named to the RRAC women’s soccer second team, while Jurnee Fernandez and Zuzelane Sanchez received honorable mentions.
- Brody Patience, Brandon Watts and Connagh Wilks represented UHV on the RRAC men’s soccer first team, while Jose Munoz was named to the second team, and Gian Marco Zancanaro and Palemon Plancarte received honorable mentions.
- The men’s soccer team fell to Louisiana State University of Alexandria 3-2 in the RRAC semifinals with Brody Patience and Sydney Tume being named to the all-tournament team.
- The women’s soccer team battled LSUA to a 0-0 draw in the RRAC quarterfinals, forcing a penalty kick shootout that the Jaguars eventually lost 5-4.
- The men’s golf team earned a No. 21 ranking in the Bushnell Golfweek NAIA Coaches Poll.
- Golfer Corey Rodriguez claimed individual honors in the South Padre Island Invitational.
- UHV softball swept a doubleheader from National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Texas Lutheran University. TLU would later go on to win the NCAA Division III National Championship.
- Kelly Swanson captured the university’s first individual medalist honor at the UHV Claud Jacobs Invitational.
- Lauren Leslie was named to the United Soccer Coaches NAIA Women’s All-Southwest Region first team.
- Gian Marco Zancanaro, Uriel Garcia and Brody Patience represented the university as NAIA Men’s Soccer Scholar Athletes.
- Ashley Reyna, Gabby Davila and Torey Dumont were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association all-region second team.
- Michelle Revels, Jordan Hoefling, Torey Dumont, Emily Flores and Angelica Davidson were named NAIA Softball Scholar Athletes.
- It was announced that the men’s and women’s golf teams would rejoin the Association of Independent Institutions Conference beginning with the 2019-2020 season.