MILWAUKEE, WIS.-- The Alverno College Department of Athletics honored its teams and student-athletes from the 2017-18 academic year during the Alverno College Inferno Athletics Awards Program in Wehr Hall Friday evening.
Each of the seven varsity teams honored three student-athletes with the awards of Inferno Award, Most Improved Player, and Most Valuable Player.
Additionally, the department's major awards winners were honored.
Student-Athlete of the Year, Gabby Hood
Basketball student-athlete Gabby Hood was honored with the Inferno's top award for the 2017-18 season.
Hood started in all 25 games her senior season, averaging 37.5 minutes per game and shooting almost 40% from the field. She had 100 assists this year, which is fourth all-time.
The Racine, Wisconsin native led the team in assists, rebounds, field goal percentage, and blocks and had a single-game high of 28 points. She was named Second Team All-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference and ranks fifth in the NACC this season in assists.
Newcomer of the Year, Lauren Greif
Softball student-athlete Lauren Greif was honored as the top newcomer.
The freshman from Chicago, Ill. had 31 hits, 4 of which were home runs, and 20 runs batted in this year, while drawing 14 walks. Greif batted .313 with .404 on-base and .465 slugging percentages.
Faculty Scholar-Athlete Award, Jessica Wewers
Volleyball's Jessica Wewers (Beach Park, Ill.), an education major, was honored with the Faculty Scholar-Athlete Award for her success in athletics, consistent academic excellence, and additional service contributions to the college or community at large.
Throughout her coursework, she has distinguished herself with her excellent academic work, unwavering positivity, inclusive collaboration with peers and professional colleagues, and strong professional dispositions for teaching. In her field experiences, she showed strong relational skills with colleagues and learners.
Virginia Wagner Award, Melissa Weyand
Virginia Wagner, the former Associate Vice President for Student Services and Director for Compliance and Risk Services, is one of the founding supporters of the athletics program at Alverno and a charter member of the Athletics Hall of Fame. The Virginia Wagner Award is presented to a student-athlete whose commitment, leadership and community service made a positive impact on the Alverno College campus.
Melissa Weyand, a volleyball and basketball student-athlete, was honored with this season's award. Weyand has been deeply committed to Athletics, participating in Volleyball for four years and Basketball for two seasons. She also ran in the NACC Cross Country Championships as a freshman and sophomore.
The Kenosha, Wis. native has also been very involved in Residence Life during her time at Alverno. In her position as a Community Advisor, she has been very reliable and shown a great ability to juggle her position responsibilities and school work, along with athletics, setting a positive example for others.
Sister Margaret Mary Martin Award, Jim Oppermann and Olivia Schneider
Sister Margaret Mary Martin was a pioneer in women's athletics and the chair of the Physical Education Department at Alverno. She was a faculty member from 1938-1971 and obtained two master's degrees during her time, a Master of Arts in history and a Master of Science in physical education. The Sister Margaret Mary Martin Award is presented to a person that contributes to the advancement of Alverno Athletics and is given at the discretion of the Director of Athletics.
This year's award winners were Jim Oppermann and softball student-athlete Olivia Schneider (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.).
Jim Oppermann was one of the people that immediately said, "Yes, we need to do this," when it was proposed that Alverno College should add an athletics program. Oppermann has been a leader, advocate, financial supporter, and volunteer coach for Athletics. More importantly, he's been a friend and confidant for many of our coaches and student-athletes over the years.
Schneider led the team in ERA as well as batting average and made some tremendous adjustments and improvements from last season. She is the career leader in wins and ranks in the top five for nearly every pitching category in Alverno History.
Leadership Award, Mary Kate Sulikowski and Andie Vandertie
Both student-athletes helped lead by example, both on and off the field. They always gave 100%, set high standards, and were willing to hold their teammates accountable. They took on more responsibilities, were excellent communicators, and great liaisons between the team and coaching staff.
Inferno Award: Tanya Salentine
Most Improved Runner: Carissa Babcock
Most Valuable Runner: Leah Badke
Inferno Award: Alaina Chenow
Most Improved Player: Mary Kate Sulikowski
Most Valuable Player: Mackenzie Mathies
Inferno Award: Alejandra Salinas
Most Improved Player: Kayla Kunz
Most Valuable Player: Andrea Binkley
Inferno Award: Alexis Haines
Most Improved Player: Lauryn Young
Most Valuable Player: Jessica Wewers
Inferno Award: Melissa Weyand
Most Improved Player: Dani Hood
Most Valuable Player: Gabby Hood
Inferno Award: Mary Kate Sulikowski
Most Improved Player: Lexi Klatt
Most Valuable Player: Olivia Schneider
Inferno Award: Lia Hutchins
Most Improved Player: Dani Hood
Most Valuable Player: Michelle Alexander