Samford University The BelltowerDecember 2003

Ministers of the Year

Samford Teams Take Top OVC Honors

".Samford's soccer, football and volleyball teams emerged from their first season of Ohio Valley Conference [OVC] competition with a stunning collection of conference honors and school records."

Samford's soccer, football and volleyball teams emerged from their first season of Ohio Valley Conference [OVC] competition with a stunning collection of conference honors and school records.

Soccer

  • 12-4-5 record
  • OVC Regular Season Champions (Samford's first OVC Championship)
  • Best winning percentage in school history
  • Coach Todd Yelton was named OVC Coach of the Year.
  • Kim Matthews was named OVC Freshman of the Year and 1st Team All-OVC.
  • Crystal Royall, Lindsay Shanks, Sara Gieger, Marian Wagner and Kelly Christoffer were selected for the OVC All-Conference second team.
  • Sharon Young and Heidi Kearns were selected for the OVC All-Conference third team.

Football

  • 7-4 record
  • Third place in OVC
  • Head Coach Bill Gray was named Coach of the Year.
  • Junior wide receiver Efrem Hill was named the conference's Offensive Player of the Year, and broke OVC and Samford records for most receptions in a season and most touchdown catches in a season.
  • Sophomore safety Cortland Finnegan was named OVC Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league in tackles per game. Finnegan was third in the conference in passes defended with 11, and he tied for the team lead with three interceptions on the season.
  • Junior quarterback Ray Nelson will join Hill and Finnegan on the OVC All-Conference first team. Nelson led the OVC in passing yards per game and total offense, and his total passing yards set a new Samford single-season record .
  • Defensive lineman Darold Williams was selected for the OVC All-Conference second team.

Volleyball

  • 13-17 record
  • Seventh place in OVC
  • Alyssa Whitehead was chosen for the OVC All-Conference second team.
  • Hilary Gary and Whitehead became the first Samford teammates to have 400 kills in the same season.
  • Krista Kettering set the Samford record for most career assists.
  • Stefanie Pickett set the Samford record for most career block assists.

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