Daytona Beach, Fla. – USC Upstate saw three student-athletes be recognized by the ASUN Conference as part of its Winners for Life Team during the league’s 2016 Spring Meetings held this week at The Shores Resort & Spa.
Upstate had one student-athlete each named to the Fall, Winter and Spring Winners for Life Teams. The three student-athletes honored were Alexa Hone (women’s soccer), Brittany Starling (women’s basketball) and Ryan Rector (softball).
Hone was a finalist this year for the Wooden Citizenship Cup, an award given for the most outstanding role model among athletes. She served as the ASUN Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Vice Chair and her influence led directly to the women’s soccer team’s involvement with a number of initiatives within the Spartanburg community. On the field, the senior played in all 18 games this season as a defender, and tallied five points on two goals, including one game-winner, and one assist.
Starling, the department’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year for 2015-16, was an ASUN First Team All-Conference and All-Academic Team selection this year after leading the league in offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, total rebounds, field goals and double-doubles. She became the tenth player in conference history, and first Spartan in program history, to compile 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds for her career. Starling served as Upstate’s SAAC Vice-President this year and participated in various civic engagements with the community.
Rector was the SAAC President this year for USC Upstate and also served as team captain for the softball team. She is a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma honors fraternity and was selected to the ASUN All-Academic Team this season. Rector earned ASUN First Team All-Conference accolades in 2016 after hitting .322 with 15 home runs, tied for first on the team, and a league-leading 49 RBI. She ranked in the top 10 for the ASUN in slugging percentage, runs scored, hits, home runs and RBI.
The 2016 Winners for Life Teams include student-athletes from the fall, winter and spring seasons. In the third year of existence, the teams honor student-athletes from each of the eight member institutions who represent the ASUN’s commitment to “Building Winners for Life.” Those student-athletes maintain the highest standard in academic and athletic achievement; represent a true balance between student and athlete; exhibit and promote sportsmanship in the competitive experience; and exhibit leadership through community service on- and off-campus and at home.