Miami's Thompson and Toledo's Rice Named MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week

Updated 10/5/1999
CLEVELAND, Ohio - (Oct. 6) Miami's Alissia Thompson (volleyball) and Toledo's Tim Rice (men's golf) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on October 5, 1999. Thompson (Sr., 3.28, psychology, Elk Grove Village, Ill.) posted two double-doubles for the week with 11 kills and 11 digs at Toledo and 15 kills and 10 digs at Bowling Green. She surpassed the 750-kill mark at BG. Thompson also recorded nine blocks last week, including seven against the Rockets. She leads the team in kills (3.93 kpg), hitting (.294) and blocks (1.0 bpg). Thompson helped Miami to two wins, upping the RedHawks' conference mark to 3-0.

Rice (Sr., 3.132, business management, Limerick, Ireland) finished second out of 70 golfers at the Northern Intercollegiate to lead to Toledo to the team title out of 13 teams that included eight schools for the Big Ten Conference and four MAC opponents. Rice shot rounds of 72, 70 and 75 (217).

The honor is presented to a MAC male and female student-athlete who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and performs well during that week's competition. The winners are selected by one of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.

Other Nominees:
Buffalo: Jaime Adams (women's soccer, Jr., 3.19, communication design, Rochester, N.Y.) recorded two shutouts this week in MAC play, a 2-0 win over Western Michigan and a 2-0 win over Northern Illinois. She recorded 11 saves in the two games. Adams has picked up eight shutouts on the season, including three against MAC opponents. Buffalo is 10-0-1 overall and 4-0 in the league.

Central Michigan: Tennille Hileski (volleyball, Sr., 3.95, science, Allegan, Mich.) helped CMU to a win over Ohio by tying a career high of 15 kills and setting a career high in block solos with three. She hit an outstanding .429 in the match (15 kills, three errors, 28 attacks). Hileski had a total of five blocks in the win (three solo, two assisted). For the weekend, she totaled 20 kills, six blocks, five digs and a .366 hitting percentage.

Kent: Carrie Patterson (volleyball, Sr., 3.97, speech pathology, Mineral Ridge, Ohio) led the Flashes in both matches in digs, including a career-high 28 digs against Eastern Michigan to win a marathon match that lasted nearly three hours. Her eight digs against Western Michigan was a team high for Patterson. She also averaged 1.0 blocks per game against WMU and 4.5 digs per game on the week.

Ohio: Tom Weilbacher (football, So., 3.147, undecided, Columbus, Ohio) led Ohio with seven tackles in a win over Kent. The Bobcat defense held the Golden Flashes to just 162 yards of total offense (108 passing, 54 rushing). Weilbacher now ranks second on the team with 38 total tackles, including six tackles for a loss and two recovered fumble. Heather Fueger (women's golf, Sr., 3.48, recreation management, West Lafayette, Ind.) tied for eight place at the Nittany Lion Fall Invitational after shooting a 223. She helped Ohio to a tie for third of 17 teams, the squad's third top-five finish as in many tournaments this fall. Fueger had the third-best average in the tournament on par 4 holes, 4.13. She also tied for sixth at the tournament in pars with 35.

Previous Winners	Female				
Week 1 (Sept. 7)	Ashlie Case, Akron (volleyball)
Week 2 (Sept. 13)	Jennifer Mitchell, CMU (volleyball)
		        Kerri Schoultz, BSU (field hockey)
Week 3 (Sept. 20)	Kim Branam, Akron (volleyball)
Week 4 (Sept. 27)	Jocelyn Teall, BSU (field hockey)
Week 5 (Oct. 5)	        Alissia Thompson, MIA (volleyball)

Previous Winners Male Week 1 (Sept. 7) Chad Pennington, Marshall (football) Week 2 (Sept. 13) Blake McDowell, EMU (cross country) Week 3 (Sept. 20) Jason Strasser, BTSU (football) Week 4 (Sept. 27) Tim Lester, WMU (football) Week 5 (Oct. 5) Tim Rice, Toledo (men's golf)