UTSA to host 2011 men’s regional
San Antonio will host the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Southwest Regional at the Alamodome, with dates tentatively set as Friday, March 25, and Sunday, March 27.
With the selection, UTSA will serve as the host institution for its 11th NCAA basketball event since 1997, including its fifth men’s regional. Additionally, the Alamodome will serve as an NCAA basketball venue for the 10th time in a 15-year span. San Antonio’s collegiate basketball events have been hosted by the San Antonio Local Organizing Committee (SALOC), which is composed of the City of San Antonio, San Antonio Sports Foundation and UTSA.
Upcoming NCAA championship events for the SALOC also include the 2010 Women’s Final Four on April 4 and 6 and the 2011 Women’s Volleyball Championship, both at the Alamodome.
Twelve named All-Southland Conference
Cross Country - Sophomore Kayla Pratt and seniors Dana Mecke and Pernilla Savestrand all finished in the top seven at the Southland Conference Women’s Championship on Oct. 31 to earn all-conference accolades. Additionally, Savestrand, a transfer from South Florida, was selected Southland Newcomer of the Year by the league’s head coaches. In the men’s race, sophomore Layne Nixon garnered his first all-conference certificate with a seventh-place finish. The men placed third, their highest showing since 1998, while the women finished fourth, the best showing since 2004.
Soccer - Senior Ezinne Okpo was named first-team All-Southland Conference for the second time in her career, while juniors Allison Dillon and Chelsea Zimmerman picked up second-team honors, and sophomore Taylor Padia and freshman Dacia Webb received honorable mentions. The Roadrunners qualified for their fourth straight Southland Conference Tournament, where they lost to Sam Houston State in double overtime to finish the season with a 9-10-2 record.
Volleyball - Freshman outside hitter Whitney Walls was named to the six-member All-Southland Conference second team, while junior outside hitter Kendra Rowland and sophomore libero Kelsey Jewasko earned honorable mentions. The Roadrunners advanced to their seventh consecutive Southland Conference Tournament, where they fell to eventual runner-up Stephen F. Austin in four sets, ending the season with a 12-19 record.
UTSA selects architect for athletics complex
The University of Texas System awarded HKS Inc., and Overland Partners Architects a contract to design and engineer the $22 million Phase I portion of the UTSA Park West Athletics Complex. HKS Inc., is a Dallas-based architectural firm whose credits include the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Overland Partners Architects is a San Antonio firm with extensive experience with UT System building projects, in particular for UT Austin, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and UT Pan American.
The work calls for the contractor to design and develop the building plans for a soccer stadium, a track and field stadium and the initial utilities, road and parking infrastructure needed for the 60-acre complex.
The facility will be built on UTSA Park West, a 125-acre site located at Kyle Seale Parkway and North Loop 1604, a part of the Main Campus.