University of Illinois Wheelchair Basketball 2006-07 Season Summaries
Women's Team Repeats as National Champions; Men's Team Finishes Season Ranked #2 in Nation
The 2006-07 season marked the continued climb of the men�s team back to the College Division�s elite teams. The men�s team finished the regular season ranked number two in the nation with a division record of 16-2 and 22-12 overall. This was the highest finish in the regular season by the men in six years and marked the resurgence of the program. While the men were not as successful in the national tournament, getting upset in the semi-finals and third place games to finish fourth, the depth and youth of this team combined with the strongest recruiting class in over a decade promise to continue the tradition of excellence to which the University of Illinois has become accustom.
In addition to team success, several student-athletes were recognized for their individual achievements. Steve Serio was recognized as a Second Team All-American. U of I continued its dominance of the Academic All-American Awards with three of the men receiving this honor: Lars Spenger, Steve Serio and Paul Ward, who received his fourth Academic All-American award.
The 2006-07 season was thought to be a rebuilding year for the women. Gone from the team were six of the members of last year�s national championship team, including leading scorer Jen Ruddell. The team never missed a step finishing as national champions again and a final record of 26-12. The team came together to play their very best when it counted most, at the national tournament. The women�s team has now been to the national championship game the last eight years winning five of the last six years.
Several women received individual recognition for their performances. Shelley Chaplin was a second team All-American and Carlee Hoffman was the MVP of the national tournament. In addition, Carlee was also received the Frank Brasile Sportsmanship award in the College Division.