Joel Rubio and Tomas Stillman debuted at No. 16 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Doubles Rankings released Feb. 11, the highest ranking in program history. The duo opened the spring campaign with an 8-0 record as of Feb. 23, including a 6-4 upset of Texas A&M’s No. 20-ranked tandem of Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo on Jan. 25.
Isabelle Jonsson was named Conference USA Player of the Week on Feb. 4 after winning all four of her matches (two doubles/two singles) against McNeese State and UTEP. Miriam Rosell Canudas was tabbed CUSA Player of the Month last October after winning a total of nine matches (five singles/ four doubles) at a pair of tournaments.
Head coach Laura Neugebauer-Groff led UTSA to both the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles and to the program’s third-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Senior outside hitter McKenzie Adams was named an AVCA third-team All-American and Conference USA Player of the Year.
UTSA captured its second-straight Rice Intercollegiate team title on Feb. 17-18 in Houston. It marked the Roadrunners’ third victory at the event and 23rd tournament championship in program history.
UTSA opened its inaugural run in Conference USA with wins against Marshall and Charlotte, the latter of which was the Roadrunners’ best RPI win since the 2011-12 season. In addition, UTSA topped last season’s conference win total as a member of the Western Athletic Conference.
In Lubomyr Lichonczak’s first season as head coach, UTSA won its final seven non-conference games. It is the longest non-conference winning streak for UTSA since a nine-game streak spanned over two seasons from 2006-07 to 2007-08.
Scott Inskeep and Triston Wade both earned second- team All-Conference USA honors and Codie Brooks was named to the league’s All-Freshman Team following a 2013 season that saw UTSA post a 7-5 overall record and 4-2 mark in league games.
Eric Soza was selected as one of 16 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes in addition to being named to the American Football Association’s Good Works Team in 2013. The senior quarterback also earned first-team Capital One Academic All-District VII, C-USA All-Academic Team and honorable mention allconference honors and he was the league’s Spirit of Service Award winner.
Additionally, Nate Leonard became the first UTSA football studentathlete to earn Capital One Academic All-America accolades when he was named to the second team in December.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Michelle Cheatham, UTSA tied the best start in school history, 4-0, which included a win at No. 15 Texas. The victory was the first over a ranked team since 2011 and the highest-ranked team the Roadrunners have defeated. Megan Low hit four home runs during the stretch, including a go-ahead two-run shot against Texas and earned Conference USA Player of the Week honors for her performance.
Women’s Cross Country
Led by Nina Herrera’s fourth-place finish, UTSA captured Conference USA championship in November, the program’s first league crown since 1996 and sixth overall in school history. It didn’t come without drama, as the Roadrunners tied Tulsa with 67 points but won the head-tohead tiebreaker, 3-2.
Emily Perez posted the best individual finish by a UTSA athlete in 17 years and her performance helped lead the Roadrunners to fifth place at November’s NCAA South Central Regional. The sophomore from Mission placed 10th and missed a berth for the NCAA Championships by just two spots. It’s a UTSA best individual showing at a regional meet since Stacey Poole finished third in 1996.