Bryce Howell Named Team MVP At Furman ESPYs

Bryce Howell

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Football All-American Dakota Dozier and women's tennis standout Ansley Speaks were named Furman Male and Female Athletes of the Year, respectively, Monday evening at the school's ESPY style all-sports awards banquet held at Timmons Arena.

Dozier, a four-year starter and two-time All-American as an offensive tackle, earned consensus All-America honors in 2013 and was the recipient of the Southern Conference Jacobs Blocking Award this past year.  He served as a team captain and contributed significantly to the Paladins' late season surge that netted wins in six of the final eight games en route to capturing the SoCon championship and league's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs.  The West Columbia, S.C., product played in the prestigious East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., in January, and participated in the NFL Combine in February.  During his career he helped pave the way for three consecutive 1,000-yard rushers at Furman (2011-13).

Speaks was named the 2014 Southern Conference Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year after helping lead Furman to a 9-0 league record and its first SoCon regular season title since 2009.  She posted a 16-5 overall singles record, including a 7-1 mark at No. 1 singles in league competition, and was chosen to the All-SoCon second team at No. 2 doubles after recording a perfect 8-0 mark in SoCon competition.  A native of Simpsonville, S.C., she holds a 4.0 GPA.

Volleyball star Christina Dorismond captured Furman's Student-Athlete Achievement and Elizabeth Blackwell Academic Achievement Awards.

A chemistry major with a 3.97 GPA, Dorismond is a member of several honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Phi Eta Sigma and the Senior Order — an elite leadership honor society for women at Furman. In 2013, she won the Winston Babb Memorial Award, given annually by the Furman chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa to the woman in each class who has demonstrated the most outstanding qualities of leadership, scholarship and service to the industry.  In addition, she was recently accorded the President's Award, one of Furman's most prestigious honors, and NCAA Post-graduate and SoCon Graduate Scholarships. In the community, she volunteered at the Greenville Free Medical Clinic and the Furman Child Development Center. Dorismond plans to attend medical school following graduation.

On the court the middle blocker earned first team All-SoCon honors after helping Furman to a 17-12 overall record (12-4 SoCon mark) and a second place league finish. She led the squad in a number of statistical categories and, behind a career-high 23 kills, paced the Paladins to a 3-1 victory over South Carolina — Furman's first victory over the Gamecocks in school history.  Dorismond, a native of Cary, N.C., received numerous awards as a senior, including selection to the Georgia Invitational, Clemson Big Orange Bash, Delaware Invitational, and Southern Conference All-Tournament Teams, as well as being named first team all-conference.

The John M. Block Academic Achievement Award went to senior shortstop Hunter Burton of Furman's baseball team.  A four-year starter who carries a 3.75 GPA in business administration, he is a member of Phi Eta Sigma honor society and was recently accorded Furman's Excellence in Business Award, which is given to the university's top two business majors.  A product of Williamston, S.C., he currently leads the nation with 33 stolen bases and is batting .314 for the Paladins.

In addition, Furman recognized its five SoCon championship teams, eighth league freshmen of the year selection, seven conference coach of the year honorees, and one league player of the year pick for the 2013-14 school year.

Furman Athletics Department Awards

Male Athlete of the Year:  Dakota Dozier, Football

Edna Hartness Female Athlete of the Year:  Ansley Speaks, Tennis

Student-Athete Achievement Award: Christina Dorismond, Volleyball

Elizabeth Blackwell Academic Achievement Award: Christina Dorismond, Volleyball

John M. Block Academic Achievement Award:  Hunter Burton, Baseball

  

Furman Team Most Valuable Players

Men's Basketball:  Stephen Croone

Men's Tennis:  Joel Cook

Men's Golf:  Bryce Howell

Men's Soccer:  Sven Lissek

Men's Cross Country: Tripp Hurt

Men's Indoor Track and Field:  Tripp Hurt

Men's Outdoor Track and Field:  Tripp Hurt

Women's Basketball:  Brittany Hodges

Women's Tennis: Ansley Speaks

Women's Golf:  Taylor Totland

Women's Soccer:  Alyssa Altoff

Women's Soccer:  India Robinson

Women's Cross Country:  Allie Buchalski

Women's Indoor Track and Field:  Grace Tinkey

Women's Outdoor Track and Field:  Sinead Haughey

Softball:  Lauren Collier

Volleyball:  Christina Dorismond

 

Student ESPY Awards

Unsung Hero:  Ray Early, Football

Comeback Player of the Year:  Tripp Hurt, Men's Cross Country/Track

Play of the Year:  Stephen Croone, Men's Basketball (second half dunk vs. The Citadel)

Male Rookie of the Year:  Bobby Edet, Men's Soccer

Female Rookie of the Year:  Carlie Couch, Women's Soccer

Best Underdog Victory: Volleyball defeated South Carolina 3-1

Record Breaking Performance: Brigid Morrissey, Women's Basketball (set new season assist record)

Best Game: Football vs. Wofford (27-14 SoCon title clinching win)

Best Team: Women's Soccer

 

Golden Paladin Award(given to a team for athletic achievement, academic achievement, community service, and game attendance)

Women's Soccer

 

2013-14 Furman SoCon Championship Teams

Football

Women's Soccer

Men's Cross Country

Women's Cross Country

Women's Tennis

 

2013 Furman SoCon Freshmen of the Year

Bobby Edet, Men's Soccer

Carlie Couch, Women's Soccer

Allie Buchalski, Women's Cross Country/Track & Field

Troy Reeder, Men's Cross Country/Track & Field

Ashton Gregory, Volleyball

Ansley Speaks, Women's Tennis

Adam Steryous, Men's Tennis

Taylor Totland, Women's Golf

 

2013 Furman SoCon Coaches of the Year

Bruce Fowler, Football

Andrew Burr, Women's Soccer

Michelle Young, Volleyball

Robert Gary, Men's Cross Country & Women's Cross Couintry

Jackie Carson, Women's Basketball

Debbie Southern, Women's Tennis