Men's Soccer Announces Team Awards
Kibler named team Most Valuable Player
December 11, 2001

The Virginia Tech men's soccer team announced Tuesday its team awards for play throughout the 2001 season.

Senior Colin Kibler (Virginia Beach, Va.) was named the team's most valuable player. Kibler's strong play in goal helped keep the Hokies in several games this year and helped lead them to a berth in the BIG EAST Tournament in their inaugural year in the conference. Kibler started every game in goal in 2001, posting a 11-6-2 overall record. He set a new school record with seven shutouts and his .90 goals against average is also a new high-water mark for the Hokies. His 1.26 career-GAA and the 5,071 minutes he played between the pipes in his career also set new school records.

Senior Fred Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and sophomore Bobby O'Brien (Williamsburg, Va.) were named co-offensive players of the year. Silva played in 17 games in 2001. He had a team-leading 30 points and was also tops on the team in goals scored (9) and assists (12). O'Brien was second on the team in points scored (18) and was just two goals behind Silva for the team lead with seven. His four assists on the year also put him in second place on the team.

Sophomore Harold Russell (Swarthmore, Pa.) follows up last year's rookie of the year award with the defensive player of the year title this year. Russell played in and started 17 games this year and helped lead the Hokies to an impressive .89 goal against average.

Junior Eric Prigot (Park Ridge, N.J.) was named the most improved player. Prigot, a defender, constantly improved his play throughout the season and was an important part of the rotation by year's end. He had one assist in 2001 and helped the Tech defense with his blue-collar work ethic.

The rookie of the year award was given to Ken Jonmaire (East Aurora, N.Y.) After redshirting last year, Jonmaire stepped right in to play 19 games for the Hokies, starting 12 of them. He was fifth on the team in points scored with eight and his goal against BIG EAST rival Syracuse helped lead Tech to its first conference win ever.

Junior Rob Smith (Greenville, S.C.) was given the team's most dedicated player honor for the second year in a row. Smith played in 13 games in 2001, staring five, despite having to battle a nagging ankle injury throughout the year. He charted one assist from his defender position.

Kibler was also a repeat winner this year. For the second year in a row, he was given the "Wild Turkey" award. The "Wild Turkey" award is given annually to the team's biggest prankster.