WACO, TEXAS (Feb. 15, 2012) -- Alissa Huerta of Our Lady of the Lake University earned recognition as the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Softball Player of the Week for Feb. 6-12, while the Lady Saints' Shelby Blanar was selected as the RRAC Softball Pitcher of the Week for the same dates.
Huerta, a junior outfielder from Edinburg, Texas, lifted OLLU to a double-header sweep of Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) in the first conference games of the season for both teams on Saturday. She was 3-for-6 on the day including a double, triple and three RBIs as the Saints won by scores of 8-0 and 9-1.
Huerta joined the team last year after transferring from St. Mary's University. In high school, she was a member of the All-District First-Team her sophomore, junior and seniors years. Last year, Huerta received RRAC Scholar Athlete honors. She is majoring in math and minioring in kinesiology.
Blanar, a sophomore pitcher from Pearland, Texas, didn't allow a hit in 3 1/3 innings of work to close out the second game against SAGU. She struck out three and walked one as OLLU started the season at 2-0.
Blanar is a newcomer on the Saints team this year. She is a transfer from Ranger College, where she made the Dean's List in the spring of 2010.
The NAIA Champions of Character program aims to instill five core values in NAIA athletes, coaches: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. Our Lady of the Lake University shares and supports these values and strives to promote the Champions of Character program by working with students, coaches through our Champions of Character educational program. For more information on the Champions of Character program, click here: www.championsofcharacter.org.
Luis A. Lárraga
Sports Information Assistant