Seven Student-Athletes Honored for Excellence in Competition
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Southern Conference announced its November athletes of the month today, highlighting excellence among student-athletes during the month. The athletes of the month are nominated by each member institution and selected by the conference office.
Mike Groselle, The Citadel, Jr., C
Center Mike Groselle finished the month of November with five consecutive double-doubles and, in the process, extended his personal and program-high streak to six, including a double-double in the 2011 SoCon Tournament against Elon. Groselle, who played at least 30 minutes in all five contests, hit at least six field goals in all five contests, including a month-high 9-of-12 performance in the season opener against VMI. The junior center finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds (six offensive) in a victory over Florida Christian on Nov. 21. In his final game of the month, Groselle came through with 15 points and 13 rebounds in a tough 80-72 overtime loss at High Point. Groselle averaged a double-double for the month (18.2 ppg., 11.2 rpg.).
Other Nominees: Jamaal Trice (Appalachian State), Antwaine Wiggins (College of Charleston), De'Mon Brooks (Davidson), Lucas Troutman (Elon), Eric Ferguson (Georgia Southern), Omar Wattad (Chattanooga), Harouna Mutombo (Western Carolina) and Kevin Giltner (Wofford).
Sophia Aleksandravicius, Davidson, Jr., C
Aleksandravicius led the Wildcats to a 2-4 month by averaging team bests in points (15.8) and rebounds (8.7). The junior had a pair of 20-point games, recorded two double-doubles and scored in double figures in all six games. The 6-4 forward registered her first double-double of the season at High Point with season highs in points (22) and rebounds (12). She also hit a team-best 10 field goals in that game. Aleksandravicius ended November with three consecutive 12-point games and recorded her 21st career double-double at Princeton. She also tallied a season-high four steals in that game.
Others Nominees: Anna Freeman (Appalachian State), Christy Hewatt (College of Charleston), Ali Ford (Elon), Meredyth Frye (Georgia Southern), Breonna Patterson (UNCG), Paige Anderson (Samford), Kylie Lambert (Chattanooga), Kalia'Shea Menendez (Western Carolina) and Morgan Wrightston (Wofford).
Aaron Mellette, Elon, Jr., WR
Despite Elon playing only two games in the month, Mellette averaged 11 catches and 190 yards receiving for the month. The junior wideout had eight grabs for 144 yards and two scores as Elon upset No. 17 Furman. He then added 14 catches for 236 yards (one yard shy of a career-high) and a TD against nationally-ranked Appalachian State in the season finale. For the season, Mellette set a new Elon and SoCon record with 1,639 receiving yards, breaking the mark of 1,633 yards set by former teammate Terrell Hudgins in one fewer game.
Other Nominees: Brian Quick (Appalachian State), Darien Robinson (The Citadel), Dominique Swope (Georgia Southern), Kelsey Pope (Samford) and Donovan Johnson (Wofford).
Joshua Jones, Elon, Sr., LB
Jones averaged 12 tackles per game in the month of November, totaling 24 in a pair of Elon games. He earned SoCon Player of the Week honors after making 13 total tackles, 4.0 TFL, a sack and a 40-yard interception return for a TD in Elon's win over No. 17 Furman. The senior then had 11 tackles against Appalachian State. Jones recorded 11 or more tackles in seven games this season, including each of his last five outings. He finished his career as Elon's fifth-leading tackler in program history with 343.
Other Nominees: Jeremy Kimbrough (Appalachian State), Rod Harland (The Citadel), Deion Stanley (Georgia Southern), Darion Sutton (Samford), Ryan Consiglio (Chattanooga), Eric Eberhardt (Wofford).
Sloane White, College of Charleston, Fr., OH
White led the Cougars in total kills (79), was second in service aces (6) and third in blocks (11). The Southern Conference Freshman of the Year averaged four kills per set and hit .392 in the conference tournament, earning her a spot on the All-Tournament team. White was named Second Team All-SoCon and finished the 2011 season with a conference-best five Freshman of the Week honors.
Other Nominees: Rachael Farrell (The Citadel), Celia Eddy (Elon), Natalie Braun (Furman), Karrian Chambers (UNCG), Elizabeth Neisler (Samford) and Carrie Minogue (Western Carolina).
Alexis Bauer, Samford, Jr., LIB
Three of Bauer's top five dig performances came last month. The junior registered at least 20 digs three times in November for a total of 133. After leading the Bulldogs' defense with 52 digs through three matches, Bauer was named the SoCon Tournament's Most Outstanding Player. She was also named a member of the all-tournament team. Bauer ranks second all-time at Samford in single-season digs (532) and career digs (1,377).
Other Nominees: Sarah Havel (College of Charleston), Amanda Rudnik (The Citadel), Caroline Lemke (Elon), Carolyn Nicoletti (Furman), Kellie Orewiler (UNCG), and Morgan Cochran (Western Carolina).
Austin Trotman, Appalachian State, Sr., 184
Through the first month of the season, Austin Trotman maintains the unique distinction as the league's only undefeated starter. Trotman opened the season with a 4-0 title-winning performance at the Hokie Open and later went 3-0 at the Keystone Classic for his second crown of the season. Trotman added a dual victory over Belmont Abbey to finish November at 8-0 overall. The senior finished November with 99 career wins, putting him third on the ASU all-time leaderboard, 15 victories shy of the top spot.
Other Nominees: Nick Rex (Campbell), Kelby Smith (The Citadel), Scott Patrick (Davidson), Niko Brown (Chattanooga) and Matt Brock (VMI).
Southern Conference November Athletes of the Month
Men's Basketball Mike Groselle, The Citadel
Women's Basketball Sophia Aleksandravicius, Davidson
Football - Offense Aaron Mellette, Elon
Football - Defense Joshua Jones, Elon
Volleyball - Offense Sloane White, College of Charleston
Volleyball - Defense Alexis Bauer, Samford
Wrestling Austin Trotman, Appalachian State