Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Brevard, N.C. - Claire Dillman of the Brevard College Women’s Tennis team and Sam MacNeil of the Men’s Tennis team have been named the Sports Spot Student-Athletes of the Month for the month of April, as recognized on WSQL 1240 AM on Wednesday afternoon. The award is presented by Sports Spot, in conjunction with the Brevard College Athletic Department.

Dillman was voted the Female Student-Athlete of the Month by the BC Head Coaching staff over fellow nominees Chelsi Mallory of the Softball team and Alisiya Klochkova of the Women’s Golf team.

Dillman led the Tornados women’s tennis team through the month of April, going 7-0 in her singles matches at the no. 3 position and 5-3 in her doubles matches as the sophomore helped guide the team to the 2011 Food Lion SAC tournament semifinals. Dillman was undefeated in conference play on the season, going 9-0 in singles matches on her way to earning Second Team All-SAC honors. She recorded her best singles match of the month on April 6th when she topped her opponent from Mars Hill in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, and she teamed up with Michelle Prata for her best doubles match on April 8th against Lincoln Memorial where the duo swept their opponents, 8-0.

MacNeil was voted the Men’s Student-Athlete of the Month by the BC Head Coaching staff over fellow nominees T.J. Hoard of the Men’s Golf team and Randy O’Dell of the Baseball team.

MacNeil was recognized at the 2011 Food Lion SAC tournament as the SAC Men’s Tennis Freshman of the Year, as the freshman from Dunfermline, Scotland was a perfect 9-0 in the conference at the no. 2 singles position. MacNeil teamed up with Cole Altizer to go 6-2 at the no. 2 doubles position as the team advanced to the tournament semifinals for just the second time in program history. MacNeil recorded four wins in the month of April with the score of 6-1, 6-0, defeating players from Tusculum, Carson-Newman, Mars Hill and Lincoln Memorial and finished up the 2011 season having won his past 11 straight singles matches.

These two athletes will be presented with action shots recognizing their award, which will be displayed in the lobby of Boshamer Gymnasium for the entire school year. A total of eight female and male Sports Spot Athletes of the Month will be selected in the 2010-2011 academic year. The award is selected from qualified candidates each month by the athletic department staff.

2010-2011 Winners
September - Bailey Varley (Women's Soccer) & Kelvin Jeter (Football)
October - Alexis Decosimo (Cycling) & Tristan Cowie (Cycling)
November - Angela Canale (Cross Country) & Neville Bryce (Football)
December - Holli Flippo (Women's Basketball) & Josh Roper (Men's Basketball)
January - Micheala Watkins (Women's Basketball) & Gaither Hendrix (Men's Basketball)
February - Sarah Carlos (Softball) & Josh Jordan (Men's Basketball)
March - Martika Elmore (Softball) & Scott McCormick (Men's Tennis)
April - Claire Dillman (Women's Tennis) & Sam MacNeil (Men's Tennis)