Torero Athletics Roundup: Riley Adams is WCC Baseball Player of the Year; WCC Spring Honorees

Torero Athletics Roundup: Riley Adams is WCC Baseball Player of the Year; WCC Spring Honorees

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The spring sports season has concluded for all USD teams, which means it's time to honor spring student-athletes who were named to either All-West Coast Conference teams for their play on the field, court or on the water or as an WCC academic standout for their work in the classroom.

All-West Coast Conference Honorees (Spring 2017) 

Baseball: Junior catcher Riley Adams was named the WCC Player of the Year. He's the fourth Torero in the last five seasons to win the honor and 10th overall in program history. Adams batted .312 with 12 doubles, 13 home runs, 47 RBI and 45 runs scored in helping USD to a 35-18-1 overall mark and 18-9 in WCC play. In WCC play, Adams hit .380, had nine doubles, eight homers, 25 RBI and 21 runs scored and a .710 slugging percentage. Adams was named to the All-WCC First Team, along with USD sophomore starting left-handed pitcher Nick Sprengel (9-1, 3.29 ERA). All-WCC Second team selections were senior Hunter Mercado-Hood and sophomore Jay Schuyler. Left-handed pitcher Chris Murphy was named to the All-WCC Freshman Team. WCC Honorable Mentions were senior Troy Conyers, senior Roman Garcia and sophomore Paul Richan. All-WCC Academic honorees are senior Sean Barry (3.57 GPA) on the first team and Schuyler (3.44 GPA) was an honorable mention. 

Softball: Senior Olivia Sandusky and sophomore Taylor Spence were both selected to the All-WCC Softball First Team. Senior Megan Sabbatini was an All-WCC Second Team selection and junior Kailey Hill and freshman Sara Silveyra were All-WCC honorable mention. Each contributed to a season that saw the softball program reach postseason play for the first time in its history.

Men's Tennis: Senior Filip Vittek was an All-WCC First Team selection in singles, and along with senior Joshua Page, All-WCC First Team for doubles. Freshman Gui Osorio was named All-WCC honorable mention in singles competition. Page was also named to the All-WCC Academic Team, carrying a 3.2 GPA while majoring in Communication Studies. 

Women's Tennis: Freshman Nicole Anderson was an All-WCC Second Team selection in singles while teammates Colomba DiFilippo, a redshirt junior, and freshman Daniela Morales were honorable mentions in singles. Sophomore Sophia Chow was named to the All-WCC Academic Team with a 3.73 GPA. She's undeclared on her major. 

Women's Rowing: Senior Uche Anyanwu was recognized as the All-WCC Rower of the Year. Anyanwu helped lead USD to a second-place team finish in the WCC Championships. Anyanwu was also named to the All-WCC Team, along with fellow seniors Megan Goodman and Meredith Hoggatt. Five student-athletes were recognized for their academic performance. Goodman (3.62 GPA), Hoggatt (3.84) and fellow senior Karli Wittenberg (3.61) were each named to the first team. Anyanwu (3.27) and junior Jane Bird (3.42) were honorable mentions. 

Men's Tennis: Ankle Injury During Match Ends Vittek's NCAA Tournament, Torero Career 

Senior Filip Vittek, the USD men's tennis team's No. 1 singles player, concluded his season by participating in the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship Tournament in Athens, Ga. Unfortunately, an ankle injury near the end of the first set against first-round opponent, Texas A&M's Jordi Arcanada, forced him to retire the match. 

Arcanada was ahead 5-1 in the first set when Vittek rolled his ankle. 

"You never want to see a player end his career like this, but this kind of thing happens," said USD Coach Ryan Keckley. "Filly started off the match a bit nervous, but eventually settled into the set before he tweaked his right ankle. We saw it happen and knew he wouldn't be able to push on. He was in a great mindset before the match, but we just wish we could have seen what he could have done with the day once his nerves calmed and he found his rhythm." 

The loss gave Vittek a 20-10 singles record for the season and it was the last college match of his career. He leaves having been part of three West Coast Conference regular-season team titles, four WCC Tournament championship teams, named All-WCC Doubles First Team all four years and All-WCC Singles First Team each of the last three seasons. He leaves USD as the all-time school leader in doubles wins (89) and finishes with 84 singles victories. He and Jordan Angus reached the NCAA Doubles Tournament Round of 16 in 2016, the farthest a Torero duo has advanced since 2002. 

Vittek graduated on May 28 with a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies, one of several Torero student-athletes (see photo above) who was a part of USD’s impressive Class of 2017. 

This is the final installment of the 2016-17 Toreros Athletics roundup. Keep up with all USD Athletics news, scores and information this summer by visiting the website and following its social media platforms, FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Several USD student-athletes are part of the impressive Class of 2017. The university's graduation ceremony took place on May 28 in the Jenny Craig Pavilion.Several USD student-athletes are part of the impressive Class of 2017. The university's graduation ceremony took place on May 28 in the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

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