Dominican names top female, male student-athletes

Te Manu Whakatakai “Taki” Te Koi, who scored a career-high 20 points in her final women’s basketball game, Kellie Hislop, who started the final 122 games of her softball career, and Mark Lewis, who helped lead the Penguins to a strong finish and fourth place in Pacific West Conference men’s basketball, were named the Female and Male Student-Athletes of the Year at Dominican University of California on April 29.

Approximately 200 student-athletes, including cheerleaders, and their coaches from each of Dominican’s 12 NCAA Division II sports were celebrated during a season-ending barbecue picnic at Forest Meadows Field.

Te Koi, a senior Biological Sciences major from New Zealand, chose to come to Dominican in 2008 following a basketball-playing trip to Marin County with her Rotorua High School team. She spent her freshman year living with the family of Mike Dibley, a former Redwood High School basketball coach.

While diving for a loose ball on the floor, Te Koi suffered major ligament damage to her left knee on Jan. 27, 2011. She missed the first seven games this season, but scored 35 points in her first three games once she returned and wound up starting 17 of the team’s 18 PacWest games. Te Koi, the NAIA’s California Pacific Conference Freshman of the Year in 2009, averaged 7.6 points per game as senior and led the team in 3-point shooting percentage.

Hislop has been a mainstay for the Lady Penguins softball team, starting 155 of 157 games she played at Dominican, including all 47 this season. She had career single-season bests with  110 at bats and seven doubles this season and also led the team in runs batted in.

An Occupational Therapy major out Moreau Catholic High School, Hislop started and finished strong this season. She had two hits and three RBIs in the Penguins’ season-opening win over Metro State of Denver and made a couple of standout defensive plays at first base  on the final day of the season on Senior Day against Notre Dame de Namur.

Lewis, a business administration major who was Dominican’s Student Body President as a junior, finished his senior year in style for the Penguins. They won eight of their last 11 games and Lewis scored 91 points in that span, including a career-high 19 at Hawai’i Hilo on Feb. 18.

The 6-foot guard out of Canyon High School in Canyon Country played 102 games in his four-year career with the Penguins. He led the team this season in 3-point field goals and was second on the team in free throw shooting percentage. In his Dominican career he connected on 76 percent (119-of-157) of his foul shots.

Dominican also recognized its top scholar student-athletes of the year on Sunday. Senior soccer defender Katie Brown (Business) and junior volleyball player LaShelle Rullan (Occupational Therapy) were the top scholars among the Penguins’ female student-athletes while senior Reed Upson (Business), the school’s all-time leading scorer in lacrosse, and soccer goalkeeper Casey Gibson (Communications) were named the best scholars among Dominican’s male student-athletes.

Members of the Penguins’ coaching staff also handed out individual awards for student-athletes on their teams this season for being the “most outstanding” and “newcomer” plus winner of the “Coach’s Award.” The recipients of those awards by sport were:
MEN'S SOCCER -- Most Outstanding Player, David Mendez; Coach’s Award, Sam Vella; Newcomer of the Year, Cory Vanderpool.
WOMEN'S SOCCER -- Most Outstanding Player, Shayna Elkins; Coach's Award, Katie Brown; Newcomer of the Year, Megan Hanson.
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL -- Most Outstanding Player, Jessica Jones; Coach's Award, Kelsey Lardner; Newcomer of the Year, Katy Batchelder.
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY -- Most Outstanding Player, Kevin So; Coach's Award, Josh Tegeler; Newcomer of the Year, Adam Scott.
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY -- Most Outstanding Player, Keara Teeter;  Coach's Award, Kendra Woodglass; Newcomer of the Year, Ally Rosemond.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL -- Most Outstanding Player, Kimi Nakamura;  Coach’s Award, Taki Te Koi; Newcomer of the Year, Sarah Nelson.
MEN'S BASKETBALL -- Most Outstanding Player, Xander McNally; Coach's Award, Mark Lewis; Newcomer of the Year, Jammall Clark.
MEN'S GOLF --  Most Outstanding Player, Kevin Santos;  Coach's Award, Sean Kawaguchi;  Newcomer of the Year,  Tom Morris.
WOMEN'S GOLF --  Most Outstanding Player, Kari Young; Coach's Award, Noelle Mathew; Newcomer of the Year, Victoria Grajeda.
MEN’S LACROSSE -- Most Outstanding Player, Austin Franks; Coach’s Award, Reed Upson; Newcomer of the Year, Brian Raaka.
WOMEN’S SOFTBALL -- Most Outstanding Player, Kayleigh Klingberg; Coach’s Award, Kellie Hislop; Newcomer of the Year, Leslie Mesa.
WOMEN’S TENNIS -- Most Outstanding Player, Irina Morozova; Coach’s Award, Jamie Fernandez; Newcomer of the Year, Gaby Verspieren.