BELLINGHAM, Wash. – With Western Washington University enjoying the most successful athletics season in school history, it comes as no surprise that two athletes shared both the Male and Female Athlete of the Year honors for 2012-13.
In an announcement made Tuesday, June 4, at the fourth annual Dub-Dub-Blue awards ceremony on the WWU campus, basketball guard John Allen and golfer Jake Webb split the male award and volleyball outside hitter Marlayna Geary and soccer goalkeeper Jamie Arthurs divided the female award.
Their names will be added to the G. Robert Ross Memorial Trophy.
Allen, a senior from Brier (Mountlake Terrace High School graduate), earned first-team Division II Bulletin and Basketball Times All-America recognition as well as third-team Daktronics. He led the Vikings to a 31-3 record, Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular season and West Regional crowns and the semifinals of the NCAA II National Tournament. The winning percentage of 91.2 was a school record and the 31 wins tied the WWU standard.
The 6-foot-1 Allen was the Daktronics West Region and GNAC Player of the Year, averaging team-leading figures of 17.1 points and 4.1 assists. He also was a National Association of Basketball Coaches West All-District choice and West Regional all-tournament.
Allen finished his three-year career with 1,480 points, seventh among WWU leaders. The point total was the highest of any Viking not playing four seasons.
Allen ranked 12th in career assists with 348, 14th in steals with 157, and his free throw percentage of 89.4 (244-of-273) was a school record. He finished with seven 30 or more point games, two short of the WWU record.
Webb, a senior from Issaquah (Skyline High School graduate), tied for the medalist lead at nationals and finished in a tie for second following a two-hole playoff, the highest placing by a WWU player since the school joined the NCAA in 1998.
Webb fired a 6-under par 65 in the final medal round at nationals, the best of the tournament and his collegiate career, as he climbed 14 places into a tie for first. That was one stroke off the course record of 64 held by PGA professional Nick Watney.
Webb then helped the Vikings to their best NCAA II national team finish as they tied for third. In the quarterfinals, Webb broke a 2-2-1 tie versus No.1 seed Florida Southern with an eight-shot victory over national medalist Tim Crouch for a 379 to 373 aggregate score win.
The GNAC Player of the Year and GNAC tournament champion, Webb had a team-leading 73.3 scoring average and shot 11 rounds under par.
He earned first-team all-league honors for the second time in helping the Vikings to a sixth straight GNAC title.
WWU placed second at the South Central/West Regional and ranked No.6 nationally in the final Golf Coaches Association of America DII Top 25 Poll.
Arthurs, a senior from Richland (Richland High School graduate), led the nation in goals against average at 0.39 per game and ranked seventh nationally in save percentage at 88.2. She helped the Vikings to a 19-4-0 record, the win total being a school record, GNAC regular season (12-2-0) and tournament titles, and the Far West Regional final.
Arthurs had a GNAC and school record 16 shutouts, one shy of the national record. She allowed just nine goals in 23 games. During one stretch, Arthurs recorded 10 straight shutouts and had a scoreless string of 919 minutes and 29 seconds, both school records.
A second-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Daktronics All-American, Arthurs was a first-team NSCAA and Daktronics West Region all-star and GNAC Player of the Year.
During her four-year career, Arthurs set school records with 39 shutouts, which ranked sixth nationally, and a 0.58 GAA.
Geary, a senior from Tacoma (Bellarmine Prep graduate), was a first-team American Volleyball Coaches Association and honorable mention Daktronics All-American. She led the Vikings to a 24-4 record, the GNAC championship (16-2) and the West Regional semifinals.
Geary also was a AVCA and Daktronics West Region all-star and GNAC Player of the Year as well as a West Regional all-tournament pick. Named MVP at both the Western Oregon and Sonoma State tournaments, she ranked 15th nationally in both kills (4.13 avg. per set) and points (4.72).