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Joe Bryant Jr., Tuli Iosefa named NSU’s Male and Female Athletes of the Year – The Virginian-Pilot

COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Men’s basketball player Joe Bryant Jr. and softball player Tuli Iosefa have been named Norfolk State’s Male and Female Athletes of the Year.

Bryant, a former Lake Taylor High star, was the MEAC Player of the Year and MEAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player. He ranked second in the league with 16.7 points per game.

Iosefa is batting .362 with a MEAC-high nine home runs and 40 RBIs for NSU, which is 31-21 heading into its conference tournament.

Football player Marquis Hall and volleyball player Siera Jones are NSU’s Male and Female Scholar Athletes of the Year.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Virginia Wesleyan third baseman Julia Sinnett has been named the ODAC Player of the Year in softball, and she was one of six Marlins to make the all-conference teams.

Sinnett hit .366 with nine home runs and an ODAC-best 53 RBIs.

Center fielder Ariana Rolle joined Sinnett on the all-conference first team. Pitcher Emily Seale, outfielder Maria Weddle and catcher Caitlin Myers made the second team, while pitcher Lauren Bible was on the third team.

The Marlins won their sixth straight ODAC title and 14th in program history. They will find out Monday where they will travel for the NCAA Regionals.

* William & Mary women’s tennis player Mila Saric was one of 64 players selected to the NCAA Singles Championship, which will be held May 23-28 in Urbana, Illinois. The top-ranked player in the CAA picked up one of 15 automatic bids at the event.

* William & Mary track and field red shirt freshman Chris Arias has been named the CAA Men’s Field Athlete of the Week for the third time this season. Arias finished third in his division of the javelin at the Penn Relays with a mark of 213-01. Meanwhile, Tribe redshirt sophomore Keeley Suzenski has been named the CAA Women’s Field Athlete of the Week. She finished third in the discus at the Penn Relays with a throw of 164-07.

* The No. 2 seed Virginia Wesleyan men’s tennis team defeated No. 7 seed Roanoke College 5-0 in a quarterfinal match of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament. The Marlins will face No. 3 seed Hampden-Sydney in a semifinal Saturday at Washington & Lee University

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