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STRYHAS AND KEMPER RECEIVE BIG SKY SCHOLAR ATHLETE HONORS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State women’s soccer’s Kim Kemper and men’s tennis’ Anton Stryhas were selected as the school’s recipients of the Big Sky Conference Scholar-Athlete Award.

The scholar-athlete award, which is given to one male and one female from each of the Big Sky’s nine institutions, is awarded to student-athletes based on their athletic and academic performance during the 2009-10 school year. To qualify for the award, a student-athlete must compete in a Big Sky sanctioned sport, have a minimum cumulative gpa of 3.2, be a member of the graduating class and/or have completed their last year of intercollegiate athletic eligibility.

Stryhas was also named Sacramento State’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year, and Kemper the Sacramento State Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year at an awards ceremony in May.

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 finished his career with a 72-19 record in singles play, which included a 20-match winning streak in 2008. A three-time Big Sky all-academic selection, Stryhas led the Hornets to Big Sky regular season and/or tournament championships all four years of his career, and three NCAA Tournament appearances.

This past season, he went 16-9 in singles play (including 12-4 at No. 2), and 15-10 in doubles play. 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 owns the highest grade point average among any female senior student-athlete on campus. She was a two-time first team all-Big Sky Conference honoree who appeared in 79 career matches, which ranks fourth in school history. A semifinalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS award and an 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 Big Sky all-academic selection, 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. Kemper graduated in May with a liberal studies degree.


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