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May 11, 2010

FIVE HORNETS NAMED TO NATIONAL STRENGTH & CONDITIONING ALL-AMERICA TEAM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A record-setting five Sacramento State student-athletes have earned National Strength and Condition Association All-America honors for the 2009-10 school year. The five players were Jenice Bartee of softball, Brent Hottman of baseball, Melissa Melcher of volleyball, Julie Shutler of women's golf and Geoff Warner of football.

The NSCA awarded 232 collegiate student-athletes from 106 schools with the honor. The five selections were the most in school history.

Bartee finished her career playing in 164 games, including 145 starts at all three outfield positions. She batted .275 for her career with 89 runs (T-6th in school history), 12 home runs (3rd in school history), 19 stolen bases (T-7th in school history) and 24 outfield assists (1st in school history). Bartee, who was a perfect 13-for-13 in stolen base attempts this season, was one of three players to start all 54 games this year.

"Jenice is a dedicated and hard worker in and out of the weight room," Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Tom Ruelas said. "She brings a 'Get Right' attitude that starts with her and overflows onto her teammates. Jenice is always striving to get better and encourages her teammates to do the same. During every workout you can hear Jenice's voice picking teammates up and keeping the energy in the weight room high."

Hottman started the first 11 games of the 2010 season for the baseball team before being sidelined with an elbow injury. In that span, he hit .333 with a double and four RBI.

"Brent is dedicated on getting better to help himself and the team excel on the next level," Ruelas said. "He always has an open ear on ways to improve himself. He is never trying to cut a workout down and is always one of the last guys to leave the weight room because he want to get in a little more."

Melcher captained Hornet volleyball in 2009 and was the team's starting setter. She averaged 0.50 kills, 9.94 assists, 1.93 digs and 0.32 blocks per set while hitting.216 as a senior. A four-time Big Sky all-academic selection, she finished fifth in the Big Sky in assists.

"Melissa is a tireless worker in the weight room, on the court and in the classroom." Director of Strength and Conditioning Terrance Brooks said. "You could count on her showing up for any voluntary workout and also being one to encourage her teammates whenever needed."

Shutler was a first team all-Big Sky Conference selection after setting the Sacramento State school record with a stroke average of 76.31 in 26 rounds. She also set the school 54-hole record (214) at the Chip-N Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., and tied the 36-hole record (147) at Cal Poly. Her second round score of 69 at Cal Poly is tied for the second best in school history.

"Julie is one of the hardest workers on the team," said Elan Hanapole, assistant strength and conditioning coach. "Her work ethic in the weight room clearly shows her dedication to her team and desire to be the best athlete she can be."

Warner completed his football career with his best season as a Hornet. The linebacker started eight games and concluded the year ranked sixth on the team with 50 total tackles. Warner twice posted double-figure tackles — with 11 at Montana State and 10 against Montana. A team co-captain, Warner was also named the team's Most Inspirational Player in 2009.

"Geoff played the entire (2009) season with injuries that would cause many players to quit," Brooks said. "His team-first attitude showed not only on the field but also in strength and conditioning workouts."

The NSCA All-America program is in its 32nd year, and is made possible by a grant from Power Systems, Inc., a Knoxville, Tenn., fitness product leader.

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