HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University hosted its 30th annual Senior Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Recreation Center on Mount Carmel Avenue, a banquet that recognizes academic, athletic and extracurricular achievements by selected students. Senior Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) of the baseball team and senior Sarah Viebrock (Carmel, N.Y.) of the women’s tennis team were honored as the two recipients of the prestigious Scholar-Athlete award.
Viebrock, one of the team captains, recently completed one of the most decorated tennis careers in program history. A two-time All-Northeast Conference First Team honoree, Viebrock picked up her 144th career win in the NEC Championship match on April 21 and moved into third place on the all-time wins list at Quinnipiac. Moreover, since Quinnipiac joined Division I, she ranks second in career wins; she’s tied for second in career wins at singles; and third in career wins at doubles. Her career was highlighted by her win at Number 4 singles in the 2011 Northeast Conference Championship, helping the Bobcats to an NCAA Tournament berth. She will graduate with a degree in English and a minor in Spanish this May and will attend St. John’s Law School in the Fall.
“Quinnipiac University couldn’t have picked a more deserving candidate for this award,” said head coach Mike Quitko. “Sarah is a natural leader who has been our most reliable player over the last four years. Not only has she excelled expectations on the court, but her work in the classroom is equally as impressive. She is certainly going to be missed for years to come.”
Kane, one of seven seniors playing in his final year with the Bobcats, has had an outstanding career as one of Quinnipiac’s weekend conference starters. In 2012, Kane led the team in earned-run average, innings pitched and wins that included a brilliant two-hit win against Wagner. This season, Kane is 2-3 with a 4.76 ERA and ranks among the team’s leaders in innings pitched and strikeouts.
In addition to Kane and Viebrock from the Quinnipiac University Department of Athletics with awards were men’s lacrosse’s Jay Binkowski (Senior Service Prize in Criminal Justice), women’s volleyball’s Ashley Kopacki (Aurea C. Schoonmaker Spanish Award, Outstanding Achievement in Public Relations and School of Communications Overall Achievement Award, Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges), men’s tennis’ Alex Lazerowich (Entrepreneurship Student Achievement Award), and student athletic trainer James Mor (Outstanding Student Affairs Leadership Award).