Arriaga tabbed Southland Conference Player of the Year on Monday
FRISCO — Sophomore Fabiola Arriaga was named the 2011-12 Southland Conference Player of the Year and UTSA garnered a total of four all-Southland selections for the second consecutive season, the league office announced on Monday.
Head coach Carrie Parnaby also earned her second Coach of the Year nod in as many years after her squad sucessfully defended its Southland Tournament title a week ago.
"I'm both proud and pleased that Fabiola received Player of the Year honors," Parnaby said. "She gives all that she has every time she competes and is very impressive and fun to coach. I was also very happy to see Shannon (Jungman), Paola (Valerio) and Taylor (Newlin) on the all-conference teams. They each work hard every day and have had exceptional tournaments throughout the season. It's nice to see all of their hard work pay off.
"I would also like to thank my entire coaching staff for their contributions this season. None of the success we have experienced this year would have been possible without the hard work of Ian (Parnaby), Allie (Jordan) and Bill (Rogers)."
Arriaga, the circuit's 2011 Freshman of the Year, is the second two-time first-team selection in program history. The Torreon, Mexico, native leads the league with a 74.43 stroke average in 30 rounds of play this season. She has recorded seven top-10 finishes, including a victory at The Alamo Invitational, where she shot a career-best three-under-par 213. Arriaga also was the runner-up at The Challenge at Onion Creek and last week’s Southland Championship.
Joining Arriaga on the first team was senior Shannon Jungman, who became the second Roadrunner in program history to win an individual conference title following her three-stroke victory at the Southland Championship. The Pflugerville native ranks second on the team and fifth in the conference with a career-best 75.44 stroke average this year.
In just her fourth season at the helm, Parnaby has led the Roadrunners to a program-record four tournament victories and six top-five finishes this season. UTSA will be making its second NCAA Regional appearance thanks to a five-stroke win over I-35 rival Texas State at last week's league championship event. In the past three seasons, she has coached a Southland-record 11 all-conference selections, including the last two Players of the Year.
Also garnering all-league accolades were junior Paola Valerio and sophomore Taylor Newlin, who both were named to the second team.
Valerio, last year's Player of the Year, is the first player in program history to be named to the first or second team three times after earning first-team laurels each of the last two seasons. The Mexico City native is fourth on the team with a 76.67 stroke average and her best finish of the campaign came at the Islanders Classic, where she finished tied for fourth to help UTSA to the team title.
Meanwhile, Newlin picked up her second consecutive second-team nod. The Frisco native owns a 76.60 stroke average, which is good for third on the team, and a pair of top-10 finishes this year. She earned her first individual title at the Islanders Classic with a four-over-par 220.
UTSA will learn its NCAA Regional destination at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 30, when the selection show is aired on NCAA.com. This year’s regional sites include State College, Pa. (Penn State Golf Course), Columbus, Ohio (The Ohio State University Golf Club) and Erie, Colo. (Colorado Nationals Golf Club) and they will be played from May 10-12.