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May 3, 2010

KEMPER, BEASLEY, STUBBLEFIELD AND STRYHAS RECEIVE END OF THE YEAR STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARDS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Seniors Anton Stryhas (men’s tennis) and Eryn Stubblefield (gymnastics) were selected as Sacramento State’s Student-Athlete of the Year Award winners, while Kyle Beasley (men’s soccer) and Kim Kemper (women’s soccer) each received the Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award at a ceremony held Monday evening on the Sacramento State campus.

The Student-Athlete of the Year award is given to one male and female student-athlete that has reached senior status in eligibility, and is voted on by the entire Sacramento State coaching staff.

The Scholar-Athlete Award is given to the Sacramento State male and female senior with the highest grade point average at the institution.

Stubblefield became just the fourth Hornet gymnast to qualify for NCAA postseason competition each year of her career. The Corvallis, Ore., native was part of the 2007 Western Athletic Conference championship team which advanced to the NCAA West Regional and later added three NCAA indvidual appearances as an all-arounder. As a freshman, she earned first team all-WAC honors on beam after tying for third place at the conference meet. In 2009, she earned second team all-league accolades in the all-around after scoring a career high 39.050. In that meet, she also established career marks on vault and bars and helped the team to a second-place finish. As a senior, Stubblefield was the only member of the team to compete in the all-around in each meet. A chemistry major, Stubblefield has also been stellar in the classroom, earning four WAC all-academic honors while majoring in chemistry.

A native of Minsk, Belarus, Stryhas became the first men’s tennis player in program history to be named first team all-Big Sky Conference all four years of his career, and is also a six-time conference player of the week selection. Playing at No. 1 or No. 2 in the Hornets’ lineup all four years of his career, Stryhas is 72-19 in singles play, which included a 20-match winning streak in 2008. A three-time Big Sky all-academic selection, Stryhas had led the Hornets to Big Sky regular season and/or tournament championships all four years, and three NCAA Tournament appearances. This year, he is 16-9 in singles play (including 12-4 at No. 2), and has posted a 15-9 doubles mark. He and teammate Kiryl Harbatsiuk were the 43rd-ranked doubles team in the nation at one point during the year. Stryhas has one of the highest grade point averages in the athletics department and is on pace to graduate with a business degree in the fall of 2010.

A native of Orangevale, Calif., Kemper was a two-time first team all-Big Sky honoree who appeared in 79 career matches, which ranks fourth in school history. A semifinalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS award and n ESPN The Magazine first team District VIII academic all-region selection this past season, Kemper scored one goal and added three assists during her senior campaign. A four-time academic all-Big Sky Conference honoree, Kemper provided one of the biggest goals in program history as a sophomore, scoring the game-winning goal in the Big Sky title match, sending the women’s soccer team to its first NCAA Tournament. She totalled 15 career goals, and added 13 career assists, which rank fifth and third, respectively, in school history.

A three-time academic all-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation award winner, Beasley was a key part of a Hornet team in 2009 that won the MPSF regular season and postseason titles, and made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. A native of Concord, Calif., Beasley started 18 matches as a senior, including both Hornet contests in the NCAA Tournament, playing on both the defensive backline and as a wide midfielder. He concluded his career competing in 38 matches, which included 23 starts in the Green and Gold. Beasley, who played in all 186 minutes of action in the Hornets’ NCAA Tournament run, was a 2009 ESPN The Magazine first team District VIII academic all-region selection.

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