Michelle L. “Mimi” Plauché ’92
One of the best volleyball players in Davidson history, Plauché still holds the Wildcat career record for kills with 1,739, and her .295 career attack percentage topped the Davidson charts for 11 years. Three of the top five single-season marks for attack percentage and two of the top five for kills belong to Plauché as well.
During her first two seasons, the Wildcats played as an independent, then joined the Big South Conference for her junior campaign. Plauché was an immediate star in the league, earning All-Big South honors while leading Davidson to a school-record 31 wins against just six defeats. In her final season, the ’Cats went 25-13 as she was named the Big South Player of the Year. In both 1990 and 1991 she led Davidson to the finals of the Big South Tournament. The Wildcats’ overall record during her four seasons was 95-53 for a .642 winning percentage.
David M. Spencer ’42
A four-sport athlete during his Davidson career, the late David Spencer is considered by many that saw him perform as the best athlete they had ever seen. He earned a total of nine varsity letters — three for football and track each, two for basketball and another for wrestling. Football was the sport Spencer excelled at the most, playing in both the North Carolina-South Carolina College All-Star game and the prestigious North-South game in Montgomery, Ala., while earning all-state honors.
Equally effective as a runner, passer, receiver and blocker, Spencer helped the football team to a 5-5 record as a junior, scoring the winning touchdown in a 27-20 triumph over Sewanee. He also scored three touchdowns in a 26-0 whitewashing of Hampden-Sydney. The following year his three touchdown passes highlighted a 24-14 victory over The Citadel. In track and field, his best events were the javelin and the broad jump, winning those events in a victory over South Carolina. Spencer was named Davidson’s most outstanding athlete after his senior year.
Robert S. Ukrop, Jr. ’93
Rob Ukrop is considered to be the greatest soccer player ever to don a Wildcat uniform, and with good reason. He holds Davidson career records for goals, assists and points, plus single-season records for goal and points. Ukrop’s point total of 184 is nearly double that of the next closest Wildcat and ranks among the top 15 in NCAA history. After a junior season in which he scored 22 goals and dished out 12 assists — a school record at the time — he broke his leg early in his senior season. It turned out to be good fortune for Davidson as Ukrop returned the next fall for the finest season in Wildcat soccer.
Ukrop led the Wildcats to the 1992 College Cup, as it is now known, in Davidson’s first year serving as host of the event. Ukrop led the nation with 31 goals and 72 points to earn the Adi Dassler award, given to the nation’s top player. His goal and point totals in 1992 still rank among the top 10 in NCAA history. In 1990 he was a second-team All-American, then earned first-team honors in his historic 1992 campaign.
Kenneth W. Wilson ’84
One of Davidson’s finest scorers, Kenny Wilson finished his career fifth on the Wildcat scoring charts with 1,573 points and currently ranks seventh. He played in all but one of the 112 games in his career, reaching double figures in 52 of his final 56 games while leading the team in scoring each of his final two seasons at 17.4 ppg and 18.3 ppg.
As a sophomore, Wilson was a key figure in Davidson’s last victory over Duke, scoring 24 points against the Blue Devils, plus hit the winning shot in a 52-51 victory over South Carolina. He was selected to the All-Southern Conference team in each of his final two seasons, and completed his career shooting 53.4 percent from the field, eighth best at Davidson.