Berger, Bezerra and Capobianco named IU Athletes of the Year – The Daily Hoosier
IU announced that three athletes will share the school’s “athlete of the year” honor in the 2020-21 athletics year which ended on June 30.
Grace Berger of women’s basketball, Victor Bezerra of men’s soccer and diver Andrew Capobianco all claimed the honor. Each of the three have been able to achieve significant individual achievements while helping their respective teams compete at the top of their sport.
IU’s full release, including quotes from AD Scott Dolson and the three coaches, follows.
BLOOMINGTON, Indiana – Indiana University’s Department of Athletics has announced that women’s basketball goalie Grace Berger, men’s football forward Victor Bezerra and diver Andrew Capobianco have been named the 2020-21 Athletes of the Year. from the UI.
“…” In each case, these people have contributed immensely to their programs by placing in the national top 10 at the end of the season, which represents the kind of individual and team success that we are looking for. Each has already placed themselves among the best their programs have ever produced, and with the return of all three, I’m excited to see them continue to do great things in 2021-2022.
Berger helped guide the women’s basketball program to an NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 2020-21 and a 21-6 overall record and a second place finish in the Big Ten with a 16-2 record. The Louisville, Ky. Native averaged 15.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and shot 44.1 percent from the floor. She recorded the program’s first-ever triple double last season in the opener against Eastern Kentucky and finished the year leading the country in the category with three. Berger has scored 23 double-digit times, including seven games with 20 or more points. His honors last season, including a pair of WBCA and USWBA All-American Honorable Mentions, as well as All-Big Ten First team accolades. She was among the 10 finalists for the Cheryl Miller Award, which honors the country’s best little striker and was named to the Wade Watch List midseason squad.
“Grace deserved every piece of that achievement and I’m delighted to see her applauded for her incredible play on the pitch this season,” said head coach Teri Moren. “She has continued to raise her level of play and has done a tremendous job in taking our program to new heights.”
Bezerra is a MAC Herman Award finalist who guided the Hoosiers to a National Championship game in his second season. He is part of America’s first team of United football coaches 2020, best first team of drawers XI drawers, first team of football coaches of the All-North region, offensive player of the year Big Ten and the All-Big Ten first team who started 15-of -16 games and led the team in goals (12), points (28), shots (50), shots on goal (26) and winning goals (4). His season mark of 12 goals is the highest by an IU player since Eriq Zavaleta (18) in 2012. He set a new program record for Big Ten tournament goals in a single season with 5 to help IU to win his 11th regular season, a tournament double in the history of the program.
“Victor has had a wonderful season on and off the field,” said head coach Todd Yeagley. “He led our team in scoring and was a big part of our run for the NCAA title game and capturing the BIG 10 double. He has worked hard to develop over the past few years and we look forward to. meet Victor this fall. He also achieved high grades in class and received US academic honors this spring. Victor has represented IU and our soccer program with distinction.
Capobianco is the 2021 NCAA 3-meter champion, his second consecutive national title, and has won three All-American honors as a senior redshirt. He was named Big Ten Diver of the Year and Big Ten Co-Diver of the Championships, as well as an All-Big Ten First Team winner. The Holly Springs, NC native also stepped on the podium in the 1-meter springboard at the NCAA Championships with a fourth place finish this season. He earned his place in the United States squad at the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the 3-meter springboard and 3-meter synchro event.
“Andrew has had a great year,” said diving head coach Drew Johansen. “Defending an NCAA title is one of the toughest things to do in the sport, and to follow it three months later by qualifying for his first Olympics in both springboard events has been a remarkable year. I can’t wait to see what he does in Tokyo and the upcoming 2021-22 season. “
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