Women's Basketball 2009 Awards Banquet

The women's basketball team celebrated the 2008-09 season and honored the senior class Wednesday night at the team's annual awards banquet. In addition to the presentation of the awards, Head Coach Melanie Balcomb, as well as each of the team's three seniors, spoke to the crowd.

Outside the banquet hall, the Hoops Crew held a silent auction as a fundraiser for the team. Inside, Joe Fisher, the "Voice of the Commodores", was the emcee for the evening. In his introductory comments, he shared some emails from fans from across the globe who had been inspired and touched by this year's team.

After a highlight video from the season and photo montages of each of the seniors through their Vanderbilt careers, it was time for the awards. Following the tradition of the past few years, for most of the awards, members of the team introduced the awards and explained the reasons why each of the honorees were selected.

After the presentation of the awards, Coach Balcomb talked to the crowd, thanking the people who contributed to the team's success, sharing her reflections of the season and of the team's seniors, and demonstrated her qualifications for joining "Last Comic Standing."

Last but not least, each of the team's three seniors - Amy Malo, Jen Risper, and Tina Wirth - gave their senior speeches sharing their tears, laughter, and most of all, their memories.

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Pink shoes at the silent auction

Jordan Coleman, Amy Malo, Rebecca Silinski

Lauren Lueders, Ashlee Bridge, Hannah Tuomi

Tina Wirth and Merideth Marsh

Jen Risper and Jence Rhoads

Joe Fisher

Academic Award: Tina Wirth
(presented by Academic Counselor Christy Hogan)

Give Back Award: Rebecca Silinski
(presented by Tina Wirth)

Best Defensive Player: Jen Risper
(presented by Jence Rhoads)

Most Improved Player: Jence Rhoads
(presented by Hannah Tuomii)

Go To Player: Tina Wirth
(presented by Ashlee Bridge and Lauren Lueders)

Most Inspirational Player: Hannah Tuomi
(presented by Jen Risper)

Commodore Award: Tina Wirth
(presented by Merideth Marsh)

Head Coach Melanie Balcomb

Senior Amy Malo

Senior Jen Risper

Senior Tina Wirth

Special presentation for the seniors

The team with the "Practice Guys"

Photos copyright 2009 by Whitney D. for VandyMania.com

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