Class of Six To Be Inducted Into the UVM Athletic Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 07-14-2010
The University of Vermont will welcome six new members into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 11, 2010. This year's inductees are: Karalyn Church '00 (women's basketball), Stephane Delval '93 (men's soccer), Brandon Dyksterhouse '00 (men's skiing), Alexandra Lawson '97 (women's basketball), Kristen Nestor Tayag '98 (softball) and Wade Rikert '00 (baseball).
The inductees will be lauded at the 42nd annual UVM Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner at the Davis Center on the UVM campus. Tickets to the dinner may be purchased starting August 9 through the UVM Victory Club Office in Patrick Gym (802-656-0956 or email@example.com).
Karalyn Church '00 (women's basketball): Church is arguably one of the best players to don the Green & Gold Vermont uniform. A two-time America East Player of the Year (1998 & 2000), she finished her four-year basketball career as the program's all-time leading scorer and ranked fourth among the conference's all-time scoring leaders (2,317 points). Church, the team MVP during both her junior and senior seasons, led the Catamounts in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and field goal percentage as a junior and senior. She finished her career ranked among Vermont's top 10 all-time leaders in nine different statistical categories and the all-time leader in four: points, field goal percentage (60.9), field goals made (928) and games played (117). She also ended up second in free throws made (438), third in rebounds (904), steals (216) and blocks (92), and 10th in assists (256).
Stephane Delval '93 (men's soccer): Delval was a two-time first-team All-North Atlantic Conference and All-New England defender. A two-time team captain, he led Vermont to a 10-8-2 record in 1991 and was recognized by the NAC and New England coaches on their first teams. Also that year, he was a second-team adidas Scholar-Athlete All-American. He repeated as a first-team All-Conference and All-New England selection in 1992, his senior season, as the Catamounts finished third in the NAC and bowed out in the postseason. As he was after his junior year, Delval was named by his teammates the winner of the team's Hal Greig Award for the player who has done the most for the Catamount soccer program. Solid in the classroom, he was named to the NAC Academic Honor Roll in 1992.
Brandon Dyksterhouse '00 (men's skiing): One of the top alpine skiers in the nation during his four years, Dyksterhouse was a three-time All-American and a national champion in the Giant Slalom. A gifted athlete known for his competitiveness on the slopes, Dyksterhouse finished his career at UVM with a sweep of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association titles and a second-place finish the Giant Slalom at the NCAA Championships in Park City, Utah as a senior. Dyksterhouse burst on to the collegiate scene as a freshman in 1997, winning the national title in the Giant Slalom and finishing third in the slalom at the NCAA Championship. He finished the season as the top alpine skier in the East by winning the Giant Slalom at the Eastern Championships as well. At the US Nationals he placed eighth in the GS and 11th in the slalom. He is one of only 10 Catamount men to win the NCAA GS crown in school history.
Alexandra Lawson '97 (women's basketball): A two-time first team all-conference forward, Lawson was the co-recipient of the 1997 J. Edward Donnelly Award as the most outstanding senior women's athlete. Lawson finished her standout four-year career fifth at UVM in scoring with 1,285 points, sixth in rebounding with 601 boards while ranking among the leaders in field goals, field goal percentage and blocked shots. Named to the all-conference first team in 1995-96 as a junior and as a senior in 1996-97, she also picked up America East All-Championship honors in each of the two seasons. Her junior year was her best season as she scored 20 or more points in 14 of UVM's 29 contests and reached double-figures 27 times including the final 23 games. She was among the conference leaders averaged 18.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game and in league games she averaged 19.3 points and 8.4 boards.
Kristen Nestor Tayag '98 (softball): One of the best hitters in the history of Vermont softball, Nestor is the school's all-time leader in batting average after hitting .407 for her career. A three-time America East All-Conference selection, she earned first team honors as a redshirt senior in 1998 when she hit .441 with 11 doubles and 14 runs batted in. Nestor also earned second team honors in both 1995 and 1997. Nestor saved her best season for her last year in a Catamount uniform. As a senior her .441 batting average ranks as the second-highest single season average in school history. Nestor would also add 14 runs batted in, 11 doubles and a .559 slugging percentage as she earned team MVP honors. That year she also earned a spot on the National Softball Coaches Association Northeast All-Region Second Team, All-New England Team and ECAC Division I Softball All-Star Team.
Wade Rikert '00 (baseball): One of the top centerfielders in America East, Rikert was one of the top hitters to ever play for UVM as well as one of the best defensive outfielders to grace the Centennial Field diamond. The first baseball player to win the Donnelly Award, Rikert led the Cats to four straight seasons of at least 20 wins for the first time in the 113-year history of the program. As a senior he hit .404 and he became the Catamount all-time hits leader with 177 against Towson on April 15. That year Rikert also set a new UVM record for consecutive stolen bases without being caught (23). After a big senior season he was named to the America East First Team All-Conference, ABCA All-Northeast Region First Team, ABCA Third Team All-American, NEIBA All-New England Team, and was the team's most valuable player.