Case, Philpot, Ellis Named Coca-Cola Student-Athletes of the Year at The Sparty’s 2019 Awards Banquet

Case, Philpot, Ellis Named Coca-Cola Student-Athletes of the Year at The Sparty’s 2019 Awards Banquet

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Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate Athletics Department held its annual The Sparty's Awards Banquet presented by Coca-Cola on Monday evening to celebrate the accomplishments of the department and its student-athletes in 2018-19. Abbie Ellis (women's soccer), Brittany Case (softball) and Cam Philpot (men's soccer) received the night's highest honor in being named the Coca-Cola Student-Athletes of the Year.

In addition to the Student-Athlete of the Year awards, USC Upstate honored career achievements with the Dr. Joe Bowman Pinnacle Award. Case, Christina Biggerstaff (softball), Tanner Saunders (men's track and field), Dorian Jones (men's cross country/track and field) and Madison Haake (volleyball) were honored for career excellence as members of their respective programs.

Ellis broke five different school records this past season. She recorded 33 points highlighted by 15 goals. The Second Team All-Big South performer broke the school record for goals in a season, game-winning goals, shot attempts and penalty kicks as the women's soccer team advanced to the semifinals of the Big South Women's Soccer Championship in the program's first-ever postseason appearance at the Division I level. She led the Big South in both points and goals scored. Ellis also ranked in the top-25 nationally in game-winning goals, goals per game, points per game, goals and points.

Case has been a staple in left field this season for the softball team. She currently serves as the President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee helping with programs including Miracle League, Jesse Bobo, donations for the SNAC Pantry and sponsoring the McCarthy Teszler Prom. On the field, she ranks second on the team with a .392 batting average, six home runs and 43 RBI. The senior sits second in the Big South in hitting and leads the conference in doubles. She reached base in a team-leading 26 straight games. Earlier this season, she became just the 11th player in school history, and fifth in the Division I era, to record 200 career hits.

Philpot was a Big South Second Team All-Conference performer and All-Academic Team honoree this season on the men's soccer team. He was selected to the United Soccer Coaches Men's Scholar All-South Region Team. He led the team in scoring with 14 points on six goals and two assists. He recorded two game-winning goals against UNC Asheville and Winthrop. The senior ranked seventh or better in the conference in shots, shots per game, points and goals. In conference play, he was tied for first in points and second in goals. He tallied two multi-goal games at Winthrop and Longwood while dishing out assists versus Presbyterian College and Radford.

Athletic Department Awards
Coca-Cola Student-Athlete of the Year
Male: Cam Philpot (Men's Soccer)
Female: Abbie Ellis (Women's Soccer), Brittany Case (Softball)

Dr. Joe Bowman Pinnacle Award
Brittany Case (Softball)
Christina Biggerstaff (Softball)
Tanner Saunders (Men's Track and Field)
Dorian Jones (Men's Cross Country/Track)
Madison Haake (Volleyball)

Academic Excellence Award
Male: Cam Philpot (Men's Soccer)
Female: Vale Zarama (Women's Tennis)

Outstanding Freshman Award
Male: Andrea Bonavia (Men's Soccer)
Female: Kate Winegarner (Women's Soccer)

Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award
Joel Curry

Team Academic Excellence Award
Male: Men's Tennis
Female: Women's Tennis

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Leadership Award
Brittany Case (Softball)

Leadership Award
Male: Michelangelo Dovidio (Men's Soccer)
Female: Kate Winegarner (Women's Soccer)

Sportsmanship Award
Men: Jared Coccia, Jacob Coccia (Men's Cross Country/Track)
Women: Bailey Wensler (Women's Basketball)

Spartanburg Regional Sports Medicine Award
Breanna Jefferson (Women's Basketball)

Conrad Award for Strength & Conditioning
Men:  Samuel Schiano (Men's Tennis), Bryson Hatten (Track and Field)
Women: Mackenzie Lauer (Volleyball)

Wilde Soccer Endowed Scholarship Recipient
Men: Solomon Constant
Women: Mia Raiff

Dr. Joseph C. Bowman and Deanna Bowman Endowed Scholarship Recipient
Gloria Ikenegbu

Josh Lee Memorial Scholarship
Jasmine Brown

Spartan Heart Award – SAAC
Men: Ereck Lewis (Men's Cross Country/Track)
Women: Caroline Heustess (Women's Golf)

Most Improved Team - SAAC
Women's Soccer

Helping Hands Award - SAAC
Courtney Cranmer (Women's Soccer)

Coach's Heart Award - SAAC
Men: Joel Curry
Women: Kayce Wagner

Team Awards
Men's Basketball

Loyalty Award: Deion Holmes, Malik Moore, Jure Span, Pat Welch
Women's Basketball
Spartan Award: Riley Popplewell
Coaches Award: Bailey Wenseler
Best Defense Award: DeNisha Swain
Men's Cross Country
Most Valuable Runner: Jonathan Johnson, Andrew Castano
Women's Cross Country
Most Valuable Runner: Krysta Pierstorff
Coaches Award: Mia Davis
Men's Golf
Player of the Year: Jordan Warnock
Team Player Award: Reid Bedell
Women's Golf
Player of the Year: Pan Paksanont
Team Player Award: Brooke Hutto
Men's Soccer
Most Improved: Julian Welborn
Team Leadership Award: Michelangelo Dovidio
Spartan Award: Mario Arrocha
Women's Soccer
Golden Boot: Abbie Ellis
Defensive Player of the Year: Emelie Valenciano
Most Feared/Scouted Player: Isabella Burns 
Softball
Most Valuable Player: Christina Biggerstaff
Freshman of the Year: Sarah Price
Best Teammate: Elisa Cecchetti
Men's Tennis
Most Valuable Player: Ankush Arora
Leonidas Award: Francisco Neto
Rocky Balboa Award: Fernando Bernardes
Women's Tennis
Most Valuable Player: Victoria Saldh
Leonidas Award: Valeria Zarama
Rocky Balboa Award: Elin Hellberg
Men's Indoor Track & Field
Most Outstanding Track PerformerL Tanner Saunders
Most Outstanding Field Performer: Tony Auguste
Women's Indoor Track & Field
Most Outstanding Track Performer: Angelnique Bryant
Most Outstanding Field Performer: Adanma Uzor
Men's Outdoor Track & Field: Will be announced after the season
Women's Outdoor Track & Field: Will be announced after the season
Volleyball
George Gaines Heart Award: Payton Duncan
Offensive Most Valuable Player: Madison Haake
Defensive Most Valuable Player: Emily Russell
Cheerleading
Spartan Newcomer Award: Zydrinna Eargle
Spartan Leadership Award: Clayton Broughton
Spartan Dedication Award: Sara Hussain

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