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Fasnacht Wins Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award

April 30, 2008
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(L-R): Liberty Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., 2008 Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award winner Allyson Fasnacht and Manuel Rivera (brother of Mac Rivera).

(L-R): Liberty Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., 2008 Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award winner Allyson Fasnacht and Manuel Rivera (brother of Mac Rivera).

Women's basketball senior student-athlete Allyson Fasnacht was honored today at Liberty University's Convocation service, as she was named the 2008 Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award winner, the University's highest athletics honor.

In 1975, the Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award was established to honor the senior student-athlete at Liberty who best exemplifies the standards and lives of both of these exemplary Christian men. Rock Royer was Liberty's first football coach in 1973 and died in an airplane crash while on a recruiting trip. Mac Rivera was a member of Liberty's basketball team from 1972 until 1975, before being tragically killed in a train-related accident while still a student-athlete.

This award encompasses more than just athletic ability. It recognizes the Liberty senior student-athlete who has maintained an exemplary testimony on the playing field, in the classroom and among the student body throughout his or her time on campus.

Fasnacht (Sr., Salem, Va.), the 2008 Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's basketball, posted a 3.89 GPA while earning her bachelor's degree in sport management. She is currently working toward a MBA degree, maintaining a 3.66 GPA. Her efforts in the classroom helped the Liberty women's basketball team rank No. 7 nationally in team grade-point average last season.

The senior has earned several other academic recognitions as well. She was an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first-team honoree in 2007 and made the second team in 2008. A member of the 2006 Big South All-Academic team, Fasnacht is a three-time Big South Presidential Honor Roll selection.

Fasnacht is active as a leader and in the community. Voted by her teammates as a team captain, she serves as secretary for communications for Liberty's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.). As a freshman and sophomore, Fasnacht assisted with the Flames Reading Club program. She then helped organize a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation as a junior.

Largely due to her work off the court, Fasnacht received the Dr. Jerry Falwell Leadership Award at the 2008 Liberty Athletics Academic Awards Banquet. She was also one of 30 national nominees for the 2008 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which takes into account excellence in the classroom, character and community, as well as on-court performance.

Speaking of on-court performance, Fasnacht helped the Lady Flames win three Big South titles and make a trio of trips to the NCAA Tournament during her time in a Liberty uniform. As a freshman, the point guard played a key role in Liberty's run to the "Sweet 16," scoring 18 points in the Lady Flames' opening-round victory over Penn State. That season, Fasnacht was named to the Big South All-Freshman team.

In 2005-06, the Salem, Va., native's sophomore season, she earned first-team All-Big South recognition. Fasnacht was also tabbed MVP of the Big South Championship, after sealing Liberty's 10th-straight conference title with a jumper at the 14.9-second mark.

As a senior, Fasnacht led the Big South with a 1.57 assist-to-turnover ratio and ranked sixth in the conference with 3.0 assists per game. Her best performance was a 19-point, seven-assist effort against UNLV, helping the Lady Flames win the Lady Rebel Christmas Classic championship. Fasnacht also had seven assists against Radford in the Big South Championship title game, including the one on Megan Frazee's game-winning hoop.

Fasnacht closed her career tied for third on Liberty's career games played list, with 124 appearances. She also ranks fourth in program history with a .770 free throw percentage.

Fasnacht is the first women's basketball player to win the Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award since Elena Kisseleva captured the award in 2000.