May 31, 2001
By BRUCE MARTINEZ, ERIN CHAMBERS and JACK FERDON
The Santa Clara Sports Staff
Female Athlete of the Year
Ynez Carrasco, women's volleyball
With a record 537 kills and 437 digs, Carrasco was named WCC Player and Defender of the Year. She helped lead her team to victory in the WCC Championships and was awarded Honorable Mention in the Asics/Volleyball Magazine All-American Team.
Freshman of the Year
Kyle Bailey, men's basketball
The Alaskan phenom started seven WCC games for Coach Davey-and the Broncos won six of them. The one loss came in the championship game against the Zags, in which Bailey made 5 of 9 3-pointers including a huge one in the final minute. He should step in nicely for the departing Brian Jones next season.
Team of the Year
Despite having one of the lowest attendance rates of all Bronco sports (editor's note: due to renovation of Leavey Center), women's volleyball dominated the WCC. The team won a program high of 27 games, led the nation with an average of 19.33 kills and 17.87 assists per game. This season was their third straight 20-win season and the team swept the top four WCC awards: Coach of the Year, Player and Defender of the Year, and Freshman of the Year.
Male Athlete of The Year
Jamie Holmes, men's basketball
Holmes, a 6'7" senior forward averaged 13.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and shot .464 from the field while helping to lead the Broncos to a 20-12 record. He was the Broncos' most consistent shooter and always seemed to come up with the big baskets when it mattered most. Honorable Mention goes to Anthony Chimienti and Charlie Brenneman of men's soccer and cross-country respectively.
Coach of the Year
Jon Wallace, women's volleyball
By midseason, Jon Wallace led his team to their highest ever national ranking at no. 14. His team achieved a program high of 27 wins last fall, and Wallace was named WCC Women's Volleyball Coach of the Year.
Best Clutch Performance
Dan Kachmarik, men's crew
When the collar broke and his oar ripped off in the middle of the semifinal race at the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta in Pennsylvania, Kachmarik strategically dislodged his feet and jumped out of the boat. He relieved his team of the dead weight, and the novice lightweights gained an extra ten yards to win the race.
Game of the Year
Men's basketball against Pepperdine, WCC Tournament
The honor goes to the Broncos' comeback victory against the Perrerdine Waves, to whom Santa Clara had lost by 21 and 11 point margins during the year. They trailed by 19 points late in the first half, but the Broncos outscored Pepperdine 51-32 in the second half and won the game 84-78. Trailing by 13 with ten minutes to play, Santa Clara used a barrage of threes and key rebounds to cut the lead to a single point with five minutes left. The Broncos sealed the win with free throws down the stretch.
The how in the (world) could this happen to me award
John Redmond, baseball
Freshman lefthander Redmond retired 19 straight batters April 7 versus Pepperdine and still ended up on the wrong side of the win column. Six -and-a-third innings of three up and three down baseball was negated by atrocious run support. Redmond was one of the brightest spots on an occasionally dim baseball team. He finished with a 5-4 record and a 4.39 ERA.
The Chick Hearn award for excellence in broadcasting
We all know the Santa Clara sports program is top notch, but few of us know and appreciate the quality job done by Ram Fletcher and the KSCU sports department. Rams play-by-play during the WCC tournament let us in on the Pepperdine shocker and provided a welcome relief from ESPN's Reggie Theus during the final. While Reggie was incoherant and abrasive, Ram was smooth and consistent.
This year's awards were compiled by Jack Ferdon, Erin Chambers, and Bruce Martinez. The winners receive absolutely nothing except their names in print one more time, and our endless gratitude for performing in front of us. And we all know that is what drives any athlete, having their name in print.