Mount Vernon Nazarene College honored both its women's volleyball team and its men's soccer team at the Fall Sports Banquet on Monday evening. The women's volleyball team finished its season with a 42-12 overall record, while the men's soccer team compiled a school-best 14-6-1 overall mark.
The Lady Cougars selected senior outside hitter Tammy Custer as their Most Valuable Player and junior setter Mandy Metzger as the Cougar Award recipient. Custer set school records for aces in a season, aces in a career, digs in a career, serve attempts in a career, and serve reception attempts in a career. Metzger led the team in assists and was characterized by Coach Paul Swanson as "someone who is always ready to play in practice or in matches."
The Cougars selected senior forward Scott Dapprich as their Most Valuable Player and senior defender Corey Claxon as the Cougar Award recipient. Dapprich set school records for goals and points in a season in his only year of collegiate soccer. Claxon, who received the Cougar Award for the third time in four years, led by example both on and off the field what being an MVNC athlete is all about.
Freshman midfielder Rick Collins was also honored as the Cougar Sports Associates' Freshman of the Year after an outstanding "rookie" season as part of the soccer team. Collins scored five goals, including two game-winners, and added nine assists in his collegiate debut.