Lowden, Silva Receive Strength And Conditioning Honors



April 14, 2010

DAVIS, Calif. - Carson Lowden, a senior setter on the UC Davis women's volleyball team, and Ryan Silva, a junior on the men's basketball squad, have been named All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, it's been announced.

Student-athletes were recongized for athletic accomplishments, which in the opinion of their strength coaches, reflect their dedication to strength training and conditioning. Recognition also included academic and personal accomplishments as well as integrity as student-athletes.

Lowden, from Chico, was an All-Big West Conference honorable mention this past season after compiling 634 assists, 146 digs and .353 hitting percentage during the conference season. She helped lead UC Davis to a 20-11 overall record and an 11-5 mark in the Big West.

"Carson is the ultimate team leader," said Andy Dendas, UC Davis strength and conditioning coach, in his nomination. "She insists on pushing herself and her teammates to always do their best."

Silva, from Clayton, is a sharp-shooting point guard who has 66 career three-pointers and has shot 41 percent from beyond the arc over his first three seasons.

"Ryan is pound for pound the strongest player on the basketball team," Dendas noted. "Ryan takes his training very seriously and it shows on the court. He has a great competitive drive and is always moving full speed,"

Only 19 volleyball players and a combined 31 men's and women's basketball players were honored in the prestigious program.