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Volleyball 8th of 10, one All-WAC performer, 2nd team.
In order of finish, starting with regular season champs Utah St-6, UTSA-5, Idaho-4, NMSU-3, Denver-3, San Jose-2, Texas St-2, UTA-1, Seattle-1, La Tech-0.
No big deal, seems to be right on in terms of All-WAC vs. regular season finish. We also had zero players of the week.
Women's basketball t9th of 10, 0 All-WAC perfomers.
Seattle-3, Utah St-3, Idaho-3, UTSA-1, La Tech -3, Denver-3, San Jose-2, NMSU-1, Texas St-1, UTA-0.
So again, low finish, low performer. Ironically, we finished tied with Texas State, they got two, one was Diamond Ford, who was an NCAA scoring leader. Zero players of the week. Now lets see what happens when we have teams that do well.
Men's basketball t4th of 10, 1 All-WAC performer, 3rd team.
Denver-4, La Tech-4, NMSU-3, UTA-1, Utah St-2, Idaho-1, Texas St-1, UTSA-1, San Jose St-0, Seattle-0.
Only one team on an 11-7 squad. The awards are announced before the tournament, but obviously there was talent here to make it to the championship game. Zero players of the week, in you listen to the WAC. A couple of times, Collegeinsider named Kevin Butler the WAC player of the week. It was then that I started to feel there was an anti-UTA bias.
Softball t6th of 8, 2 All-WAC performers, 1st, 2nd team
San Jose-4, NMSU-6, La Tech-4, Texas St-5, UTSA-1, UTA-2, Seattle-2, Utah St-2.
On the surface, everything seems ok, though I do wonder how a team flirting with .500 can have the same amount of all-conference picks as one that sits around .250. But here's my hang-up. Terri Lyles should have been a first teamer and pitcher of the year. She pitched for a team with an anemic offense, but had almost as many wins as the San Jose St winner, but had a far lower ERA. She was the better pitcher, period. and she not only doesn't get POY, but she doesn't make the first team? Zero hitters of the week, three pitcher of the week's.
Baseball t1st of 10, 3 All-WAC perfomers, 1 1st, 2 2nd team.
CSU-B-6, UTA-3, Texas St-5, UTSA-4, Sacramento St-4, NMSU-4, DBU-5, San Jose-3, La Tech-1, Seattle-1.
So we are league champs, but get the third least all-conference performers? DBU finishes 7th and gets five, two more than us? And on top of that, only one is a first teamer. So let's assume that is true, that we had the least talent of the top eight teams. Doesn't that mean we get coach of the year? Nope, that goes to a future league member who had the most all-conference performers of any team.
Five team sports, zero player of the year honors and only seven all-conference picks. WOW!
The only sport that had consistent players of the week was indoor and outdoor track for both genders. Cross country had one POW athlete in 14 total weeks for both genders. Tennis struggled by their standards, men one 2nd team selection, women one 1st teamer. Golf had the tournament winner lose player of the year to a freshman that finished 16th. We had two all-conference picks, but for a team that finished second overall, to have three other teams do the same is junk.
I was waiting to see how baseball did before I typed anything because we truely have been either a team without superstars or performed poorly. But for a league champion to have as many all-conference picks as the 8th place team and less than anyone else above it...
See ya WAC, can't leave fast enough.