The most recent national champions to bring another title home to the Forty Acres—Volleyball and Men’s Golf—were honored at the Texas State Capitol Tuesday, April 30, and received special accolades from Gov. Rick Perry and several state senators.
“This is something that I didn’t expect, but it is something I will always remember,” said Men’s Golf sophomore Kramer Hickok.
Sen. Kirk Watson, the former mayor of Austin, wrote a senate proclamation to recognize both teams’ achievements for their NCAA titles in 2012. Along with Sen. Watson, Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. and Sen. Judith Zaffirini were key supporters in getting the resolution passed. All are big fans of The University of Texas as well.
“It makes me feel like we are really respected now, and we have that high expectation on our backs that we need to carry from now on and continue what we have been doing,” said Volleyball freshman Sara Hattis.
The Volleyball team defeated Oregon in a 3-0 sweep back in December, and earned their first NCAA Division 1 Women’s Volleyball national championship title since 1988. At the ceremony, Gov. Perry shook each player’s hand and took time to personally talk with everyone. After the introductions, Gov. Perry, a Texas A&M alumni, went on to explain that he only throws up a “Hook ’em Horns” sign when Texas wins a national championship.
Senior Sha’Dare McNeal, the lone senior on the team, received the honor of accepting the proclamation from Gov. Perry. Each coach and student-athlete will receive their own personal copy.
“The state made a proclamation for each and every one of us on the team, and it is something to hold on to forever, remember, and motivate us for next year so we can get another one,” Hattis said.
After the Volleyball team was honored, The Men’s Golf team and head coach John Fields received a proclamation for their achievements. Last June, the team won their third national title in the match play final of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships.
“This isn’t something that is passed around every day. To be able to be one of the recipients of that is pretty cool,” Hickok said.
The team’s two current seniors, Julio Vegas and Cody Gribble, were presented the proclamation from Gov. Perry after he reminisced with the team over his college golf class experiences and the pro-am he participated in with John Daly.
“To be able to meet Rick Perry is a huge honor. For him to recognize what we have done on the golf course and what we have done at Texas, it is just very special. Obviously with him being an Aggie, I think it is a little harder for him,” Hickok said.
Gov. Perry told both teams how proud everyone was for what they have accomplished and told them to “go do it again.”
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