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RICHARDSON, June 12, 2014— UT Tyler softball senior Lauren Robenalt has been named the 2013-14 American Southwest Conference Female Athlete of the Year, after a vote of the conference's sports information directors and Outstanding Media Service Award members.
The ASC Athlete of the Year award, in its 15th year, recognizes the men's and women's student-athlete whose athletic accomplishments during the current athletic year best contributed to their sport, their institution's overall athletic program and to the conference. Each ASC member institution nominates its campus athlete of the year recipients to the conference-wide ballot.
Robenalt, a San Antonio native, has been a four-year standout for the Texas-Tyler softball team.
Selected First-Team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) this season, Robenalt hit .451, while totaling a league-high 74 hits and stole 24 bases on 25 attempts.
The only senior on the Patriot's softball team, Robenalt led Texas-Tyler to an impressive 41-6 overall record, and the 2014 ASC regular season and ASC Championship Tournament crowns.
A First-Team All-ASC selection, Robenalt also excelled in the classroom, being named the Texas-Tyler Student Athlete of the Year, and was named a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society.
The outfielder ended her playing career with the Patriots second all-time in hits with 230, just 29 off the all-time ASC mark.
"Lauren represents everything you want in a student-athlete", said Texas-Tyler softball coach Mike Reed. "She has been a champion on the field, in the classroom, in the community, and on our campus. It has been a real honor to coach Lauren over the past four years."
Robenalt added, "I'm so honored to have been given so much by my conference and my school. My accomplishments are a direct reflection of all the hard work and dedication that's been poured into me by my parents, coaches, and teammates. I'm happy to receive this award in hopes to honor them for all they've done for me."
Robenalt is the first Texas-Tyler student-athlete to be named ASC Athlete of the Year.
Texas-Dallas men's hoopster Kyle Schleigh was named the ASC Male Athlete of the Year, becoming the first Comet to garner the prestigious award.
For more on Schleigh and the ASC Athletes of the Year, please visit ASCsports.org.
Article courtesy of UT Tyler Athletics
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