Bowling Green's Gamby, Toledos Kornowa Named MAC Scholar Athletes

Updated 10/17/2000
CLEVELAND, OH (Oct. 17, 2000) -- Bowling Green's Kristin Gamby (volleyball) and Toledo's Kevin Kornowa (golf) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on October 17, 2000.

Gamby (So., 3.37, pre-accounting, Mt. Victory, Ohio) set career highs in both kills and hitting percentage in Friday's win over Buffalo, then topped both figures in a win over Northern Illinois on Saturday. She entered the weekend with a career total of 20 kills, and more than doubled that total. Gamby hit .458 with 15 kills against Buffalo and .524 with 26 kills against NIU. She was .500 on the weekend with 41 kills (5.86 per game) in the two wins. She is now hitting .371 on the season.

Kornowa (Jr., 3.91, accounting, Sylvania, Ohio) led the Rockets to a third-place finish at the 38th annual Fresno Lexus Golf Classic by shooting a 211 (73-66-72) to finish second overall. His second round score of 66 was the lowest round in the entire tournament.

The MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week 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.

Female Nominees:

Akron: Julie McDivitt (volleyball, Sr., 3.12, elementary education, Windham, Ohio) finished with 50 digs in two matches over the weekend (22 vs. EMU and 28 vs. BSU) and had 29 kills (12 vs. EMU, 17 vs. BSU) as UA defeated Eastern Michigan 3-1 and lost to Ball State in five games.

McDivitt became the sixth player in Akron history to reach 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. Her totals are 1,018 kills and 1,673 digs.

Ball State: Julie Zylka (volleyball, Jr., 3.42, elementary education, Muncie, Ind.) guided the Cardinals through one of the most demanding stretches of a season in recent memory as BSU played six matches in 10 days, including three road matches in four days. Zylka averaged 3.25 kills per game and hit .392 for the week, with 23 blocks (1.92 per game). In BSU's showdown at Ohio, Zylka hammered 11 kills and hit .592. She had 22 kills and hit .439 at Akron.

Central Michigan: Jennifer Mitchell (volleyball, Sr., 3.41, marketing/logistics, Lake Odessa, Mich.) became only the ninth player in CMU history to record 1,000 career kills last week when she posted a match-high 12 kills in a 3-0 win over Marshall in CMU's only action of the week. She also recorded 10 digs, four total blocks (one solo) and an ace while hitting .478 (12 kills, 1 error, 23 attempts) for the match. Mitchell needs only 11 more total blocks to become only the fifth player in CMU history to record 1,000 career kills and 350 career total blocks.

Eastern Michigan: Amanda Kulikowski (soccer, Sr., 3.91, accounting, Dearborn, Mich.) scored one goal and added three assists for five points in helping EMU climb back into the MAC women's soccer race with two wins this week. Kulikowski assisted on the game winner and scored against Northern Illinois and assisted on both goals in the overtime win against instate-rival Western Michigan. She currently leads Eastern in scoring with 18 points. The Eagles are now 6-3 in the MAC this season with two games remaining.

Kent State: Stephanie Snyder (cross country, So., 3.35, pre-fashion merchandise, Randolph, N.J.) finished third at the All-Ohio Championships Oct. 13 in Delaware, Ohio, with a time of 19:12. She helped the Golden Flashes to a second straight team title.

Miami: Jennifer Eaton (volleyball, So., 3.71, psychology, Cincinnati, Ohio) made a huge impact on the court for the RedHawks in only her first full week back from mononucleosis as Miami put together back-to-back wins for the first time since opening the season. Seeing limited action against Ball State in two of the three games, Eaton averaged 4.00 digs per game and 1.00 blocks per game against the Cardinals and served up one of Miami's three aces. Her performances only improved as the week went on to help lift Miami past Toledo and Eastern Michigan. Against Toledo on Fri., Oct. 13, Eaton notched a 13-kill, 13-dig double-double (3.25 kills and digs per game) and knocked down five blocks at the net (1.25 per game). The following night, Eaton posted 14 kills (3.50 per game) and 17 digs for an impressive 4.25 dig-per-game average. For the week, Eaton averaged 3.80 digs per game, 3.10 kills per game and 0.90 blocks per game.

Toledo: Bitsy Mayhle (volleyball, So., 3.93, art/pre-med, Houghton, N.Y.) averaged 4.27 kills, 4.45 digs and 0.73 blocks per game last week. She registered a team-high 20 kills and 13 digs in Rockets' 3-1 victory over Buffalo on Sunday.

Western Michigan: Monyka Paul (volleyball, Sr., 3.02, physical education, St. Louis, Mich.) totaled 35 kills in two matches over the weekend. She notched 15 kills and eight digs in a four-set victory at Marshall on Oct. 13. She recorded 20 kills and seven digs at Ohio on Oct. 14 and had a career-high five service aces in the match. Paul had five blocks at Marshall and four blocks at Ohio. The Broncos have won six matches in a row and Paul has totaled at least 15 kills in four straight matches.

Male Nominees:

Bowling Green: Gene Braxton (soccer, Sr., 3.11, health science, Cincinnati, Ohio) scored Bowling Green's lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Marshall on Saturday. It was his first goal of the season and his second career match-winner as a Falcon.

Buffalo: Rick Stewart (cross country, So., 3.78, physical therapy, West Seneca, N.Y.) was UB's top finisher at the UB Invitational. Stewart placed second overall and was one of three Bulls to cross the finish line of the eight kilometer race in the identical time of 26:10.7. The Bulls earned a tie for the team title with Cornell in the meet.

Eastern Michigan: Blake McDowell (cross country, Sr., 3.54, accounting, Reynoldsburg, Ohio) finished seventh at the nationally-renowned Pre-NCAA Invitational in Ames, Iowa, Oct. 14. McDowell ran the 10,000-meter NCAA Championship course in 31:07.6, helping pace EMU to a 12th-place finish out of the 53 teams competing. McDowell has led the Eagles in every race this season.

Kent State: Karoly Bozan (cross country, Sr., 3.30, finance, Cegled, Hungary) was a co-captain for the finished second at the All-Ohio Championships Oct. 13 in Delaware, Ohio with a time of 26:03. He helped the Golden Flashes to a team title.

Miami: Brian Potter (football, Sr., 3.50, finance, San Diego, Calif.) notched a single-game career-high three sacks and registered five solo tackles overall as Miami's defense limited Bowling Green to 10 points in its 24-10 victory over the Falcons. The three sacks upped Potter's team-best total to 7.5 and he now ranks among the MAC leaders.

Ohio: Mike Fox (football, Jr., 3.34, mathematics, Cincinnati, Ohio) tallied six tackles from his defensive line position in Ohio's 44-7 win over Kent State. He also had a four-yard sack. Fox was key to a defense that held KSU to just 182 total yards.

Western Michigan: Tim Morehouse (cross country, Jr., 3.29, pre-engineering, Clawson, Mich.) took home second place at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships. He ran the race in 25:07 and helped Western Michigan win the meet with 23 points. Morehouse placed fourth last year and eighth as a freshman at the MICC's.

Previous Winners Female
Week 1 (Sept. 5) Ashlie Case, Akron (volleyball)
Week 2 (Sept. 11) Julie Zylka, BSU (volleyball)
Week 3 (Sept. 19) Sara Schaub, EMU (volleyball)
Week 4 (Sept. 26) Erika Flanders, BGSU (soccer)
Week 5 (Oct. 3) Amber Vorst, BGSU (volleyball)
Week 6 (Oct. 10) Jacki Waller, Ohio (cross country)
Week 7 (Oct. 17) Kristin Gamby, BGSU (volleyball)

Previous Winners Male
Week 1 (Sept. 5) Jim Harding, Toledo (football)
Week 2 (Sept. 11) Eddie Tillitz, Miami (football)
Week 3 (Sept. 19) Todd France, UT (football)
Week 4 (Sept. 26) Brian Godsey, MIA (cross country)
Week 5 (Oct. 3) Brian Godsey, MIA (cross country)
Zac Derr, Akron (football)
Week 6 (Oct. 10) Kevin Kornowa, Toledo (golf)
Week 7 (Oct. 17) Kevin Kornowa, Toledo (golf)