Xavier University Athletics Enjoyed Broadbased Success For The 2007-08 School Year
June 12, 2008
CINCINNATI --- -
"The 2007-08 year certainly had its share of excitement and accomplishment for Xavier athletics," said Xavier University Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Mike Bobinski. "From a competition standpoint we enjoyed perhaps the most broadbased success in our history, with many teams achieving or equaling program-best finishes. Our student-athletes were also recognized for their performance in the classroom and continued their involvement in a variety of community service initiatives."
The following is a brief summary of this year's outstanding performance.
The NCAA recognized six Xavier athletics programs with Public Recognition Awards for academic excellence of their student-athletes. The award is given to the top 10 percent of the teams in each sport based on the NCAA Academic Progress rate. The APR is a term-by-term progress report for every student-athlete in Division I athletics. The Xavier teams who earned accolades include: men's basketball, men's swimming, women's cross country, women's tennis, women's indoor track, women's outdoor track. In fact, men's swimming, women's cross country, women's tennis, women's indoor track and women's outdoor track are not only returning team honorees but all five teams scored perfect 1,000 APR ratings for the second straight year. All six of this year's team honorees for Xavier scored in the 90-100th percentile in their respective sports, while six more scored in the 80-90th percentile range, including baseball, men's golf, men's tennis, men's indoor and outdoor track and women's swimming.
Four Xavier teams made the NCAA Tournament: men's and women's basketball, men's tennis and volleyball. Men's basketball, women's basketball and men's tennis all won either the Atlantic 10 regular season or tournament titles, while many other teams set or equaled the best finishes in school history in the A-10 Championships.
Xavier had three players earn Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, Most Outstanding Player or Tournament MVP honors (Doug Matthews in tennis, Ta'Shaia Phillips in women's basketball and Jill Quayle in volleyball), while men's basketball saw Stanley Burrell named A-10 Defensive Player of the Year. XU had two student-athletes named A-10 Rookie of the Year: Kari Peglar in women's swimming and Ta'Shaia Phillips in women's basketball. A school record four Xavier coaches won Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year honors: Floyd Deaton (volleyball), Scott Googins (baseball), Sean Miller (men's basketball) and Eric Toth (men's tennis).
The men's basketball team won a school record 30 games and reached the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight for the second time in five years. Xavier is one of only nine schools that have made the NCAA Tournament "Elite Eight" multiple times in the last five years: North Carolina (3), UCLA (3), Kansas (3), Memphis (3), Xavier (2), Louisville (2), Texas (2), Florida (2) and Connecticut (2). XU advanced to the "Elite Eight" for the first time in school history in 2004.
Xavier's men's basketball ranking of 12th in the final Associated Press Poll equals the school-record ranking of 12th set in the AP Final Poll prior to the 2003 NCAA Tournament. Xavier's ranking of eighth in the post-tournament USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll is a school record.
Xavier had three men's basketball players earn All-Atlantic 10 honors: Stanley Burrell (Defensive Player of the Year, All-Defensive Team and A-10 Third Team), Josh Duncan (Sixth Man of the Year and A-10 Second Team) and Drew Lavender (A-10 Second Team). Fourth-year head coach Sean Miller was selected by his fellow A-10 coaches as the 2007-08 Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year as he led XU to its second straight A-10 regular season championship. The NABC named Miller as its 2008 NABC District 10 Coach of the Year.
There were plenty of other men's basketball honors. Josh Duncan earned a spot on the five-member NCAA West Region All-Tournament Team. Stanley Burrell, the 2007-08 Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, earned a spot on the Rivals.com National All-Defensive First Team and the National Defensive All-America Team selected by collegeinsider.com. Burrell was also named by Seth Davis (Sports Illustrated and CBS) as the Captain of the ninth annual "All-Glue" Team.
The women's basketball team, the youngest team in the 2008 NCAA Tournament field, made its second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of winning its second-consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship under sixth-year head coach Kevin McGuff. XU, 24-9 overall, earned a number of honors as well this season. Sophomore Amber Harris repeated as a member of the First Team while Ta'Shia Phillips was the league's Rookie of Year and also earned the A-10 Championship's Most Outstanding Player Award. Junior Tudy Reed earned the A-10 Sixth Player of the Year Award. Phillips also was voted onto the fifth-annual GBallmag.com Young All-America team, which is made up of student-athletes who played significant roles on their teams during their first year in college.
Senior middle blocker Jill Quayle, the 2007 Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year, earned American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Region honors for the Northeast Region and AVCA Division I Honorable Mention All-America team honors after leading Xavier to its first-ever at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament field. Head coach Floyd Deaton, who just completed his 18th season, was named A-10 Coach of the Year for the fourth time. The volleyball A-10 All-Conference second team included Xavier sophomore Hillary Otte. Freshman Katie Russell earned a spot on the A-10 All-Rookie Team. Senior Jenni Horvath and Otte both earned spots on the A-10 All-Championship Team. The A-10 Academic All-Conference volleyball team included Quayle and sophomore Kelly Ruth.
The men's tennis team, under the direction of first-year head coach Eric Toth, made the school's first-ever team appearance in the NCAA Tournament by virtue of winning its first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship. XU had four local players and its head coach garner top A-10 honors thanks to the title run. First-year head coach Eric Toth, a former Elder High School standout, was named the 2008 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year. The 2008 A-10 Most Outstanding Player was Doug Matthews, a junior from Kings High School. Chris Herrlinger, a sophomore from Cincinnati Country Day, and Ra'ees Ismail, a junior from Kings High School, also earned A-10 First Team honors while J.T. Torbeck, a sophomore from St. Xavier High School, earned A-10 Second Team honors. The only non-local XU A-10 honoree was senior Brian Schubert from Highland, Michigan, who made the A-10 Second Team. Ismail also earned a spot on the A-10 All-Academic Team.
The women's tennis team ended this past season with a second-place finish at the 2008 A-10 Championship, its third second place tournament finish since joining the league in 1995, under the guidance of first-year head coach Eric Toth. The fifth-seeded Musketeers played their way into the title match before falling to the second-seeded Temple Owls. Three team members made it onto A-10 All-Conference teams as junior Kara Courtney garnered First Team honors while sophomore Jill Ducro and freshman Tifanie Treece earned Second Team accolades.
The Xavier baseball team just wrapped up its best season ever after winning a school-record 19 Atlantic 10 regular season games and its first trip to the title game of the 2008 A-10 Championship where the top-seeded Musketeers lost in 11 innings to second-seeded Charlotte to take second place. XU earned a share of the regular season title, its first since taking the A-10 West regular season title in 1997. Third-year head coach Scott Googins was named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year and three Musketeers made it onto All-Conference Teams in voting by league coaches. Senior Michael Lucas was named to the All-Conference First Team in addition to All-Academic Team honors as well. Junior Jordan Conley and sophomore Zac Richard earned Second Team honors. Three Musketeers also made it onto the All-Championship Team following XU's second place finish in the tournament. Along with Conley, senior Mike Creevy and sophomore Danny Rosenbaum made the 12-man all-tournament roster.
The Xavier men's and women's swimming teams broke several school records throughout this past season en route to exceptional performances at the 2008 A-10 Championship. The women's team placed second overall in the tournament, its highest finish in school history, while the men's team took third to tie its highest finish ever. Freshman Kari Peglar was named the Women's Most Outstanding Rookie Performer, the first such honor a Xavier swimmer has ever earned, following the conclusion of competition. Senior Matt Krouse and sophomore Martha Cutter-Wilson were both named to the A-10's Academic All-Conference team.
The Xavier University women's cross country team endured a downpour at the Atlantic 10 Championships in Philadelphia, Penn., to finish third in a field of 14. That marked the best Xavier finish in school history. The women have experienced rising success in the Atlantic 10 in recent years, moving from tenth, to seventh, fifth, fourth and now third under fifth-year head coach Steve Nester. Freshman Christina Schneider led the Musketeers at the conference championship, finishing third in 18:46. Because of her success throughout the season and at the championships Schneider was awarded Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year. Following Schneider was sophomore Becky Clark, who finished 14th in 19:18. Clark was named Atlantic 10 All-Conference.
Xavier set school records for national publicity and for visits to its official athletic web site (GoXavier.com). XU had almost 150,000 unique visitors and over 700,000 page views in the month of March alone. XU also set a record for on-line merchandise sales.
Head Coach Scott Googins - A-10 Coach of the Year
Jordan Conley - A-10 All-Conference Second Team, A-10 All-Tournament Team
Mike Creevy - A-10 All-Tournament Team
Michael Lucas - A-10 All-Conference First Team, A-10 Academic All-Conference
Zac Richard - A-10 All-Conference Second Team
Danny Rosenbaum - A-10 All-Tournament Team
Men's Basketball - 2008 Atlantic 10 Conference Regular Season Champions (Second Straight), NCAA Tournament "Elite Eight", Won a School Record 30 Games
Head Coach Sean Miller - A-10 Coach of the Year, NACB District 10 Coach of the Year
Women's Basketball - 2008 Atlantic 10 Conference Champions (Second Straight); Second Straight NCAA Tournament
A-10 Second Team All-Conference
Men's Cross Country
Ben Milroy - A-10 Academic All-Conference Team
Women's Cross Country
Christina Schneider - A-10 Rookie of the Year, A-10 All-Conference
Becky Clark - A-10 All-Conference
Mary Beth McKenna - All-CAA Conference First Team
Kari Peglar - A-10 Women's Most Outstanding Rookie Performer
AVCA Division I Honorable Mention All-America Team, AVCA All-Region Team (Northeast)