Tennis, Baseball Players Named ODU Athletes of the Year – The Virginian-Pilot
Tennis player Yuliia Starodubtseva and baseball player Andy Garriola were honored as Old Dominion Female and Male Athletes of the Year, respectively, during Monday night’s Golden Monarch Awards program at the ODU Volleyball Center.
Starodubtseva, ranked 17th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, is 20-1 in singles action this season and led ODU to its second straight Conference USA tournament championship.
Having achieved the national top spot in doubles alongside Tatsiana Sasnouskaya earlier this season, she looks certain to make it into the NCAA Tournament in team play, singles and doubles.
Garriola ranks second in C-USA and fourth nationally with 18 homers and is first in the conference and fourth nationally with 61 RBIs. As a monarch, he has 42 homers and 195 RBIs, third on the ODU career chart.
Football defensive tackle Alonzo Ford was named Male Freshman of the Year. He led all ODU defensive linemen with 38 tackles, including 2.5 for loss. He helped ODU achieve the third-best rush defense in C-USA, giving up 134.1 yards per game.
Volleyball player Myah Conway was named female freshman of the year. She was part of Team C-USA All-Freshman after ranking third on the team with 2.19 kills per set and second with 70 blocks. She has managed 10 or more wins in nine games.
In addition, swimmer Noah Wilkins and women’s soccer player Ryan Parcutt received the Men’s and Women’s Championship Effort awards, which encompass in-competition and out-of-competition achievement.
Swimmer Jack Grotjohn and baseball player Andrea Dalatri were named Male Research Athlete of the Year, and soccer player Emily Garrick was named Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Rick French — the senior associate director of athletics, facilities and operations — was the staff member of the year.
The women’s lacrosse team won the Monarch Cup, which is awarded to the team that has earned the most points through community service and support from other student-athletes at campus events.