Carrera Named C-USA Athlete of the Year
Former UTEP softball player Camilla Carrera added another notch to the awards column two months after completing a successful career for the Miners. The Arizona native was named the 2012 Conference USA Female Athlete of the Year as voted on by the athletic directors of the league’s member schools announced the league's commissioner Britton Banowsky.
“I am so honored to get this recognition from around Conference USA,” Carrera said. “This is amazing. I can’t believe it.”
Carrera becomes the just the second woman in UTEP history to receive the honor. Track & Field star Blessing Okagbare received the award in 2010.
Among some of her accolades in 2012, Carrera was named the league’s 2012 Softball Player of the Year, an NFCA First Team All-American, first team All-Conference USA and was an NFCA All-Midwest Region selection.
The utility bounced back from adversity to become the nation’s 2012 home run leader (32) while etching her name in NCAA recordbooks for home runs in a season, home runs per game and slugging percentage.
She broke the C-USA season records for home runs, total bases while her totals for RBIs and total runs rank second in season annals.
In 2011, at the start of her senior campaign, Carrera underwent lower discectomy surgery to repair a ruptured disc causing pain and numbness in her back and legs. After successful rehabilitation and a redshirt season, the senior slugger staged her comeback swinging.
Carrera said, “It is such a great feeling knowing that all of the hard work I have put in since my surgery in 2011 has paid off.”
Carrera is currently in San Marino, Italy, playing professionally for the Titano Hornets.