Ball State's Zylka and Miami's Tillitz Named MAC Scholar Athletes

Updated 9/11/2000

CLEVELAND, OH (Sept. 12) - Ball State's Julie Zylka (volleyball) and Miami's Eddie Tillitz (football) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on Sept. 11, 2000.

Zylka (Jr., 3.42, elementary education, Muncie, Ind.) had one of her best statistical weeks in a BSU uniform last week, leading the Cardinals to a 4-0 record with wins over Butler, UTEP, Southeast Missouri and Florida State. Zylka hammered 24 kills and hit .500 along with four blocks in BSU's feature match of the week with ACC-power Florida State. For the week, Zylka averaged 4.07 kills per game and hit a sizzling .480 in the four matches with 14 blocks.

Tillitz (So., 3.54, zoology, Martinsville, Ind.) returned five punts for a MAC-record 162 yards and helped Miami to a 34-17 victory over Eastern Michigan in its league opener. Two of Tillitz's five punts were returned for TDs, which tied an NCAA single-game mark held by several players. Tillitz scored on returns of 53 and 82 yards, the latter being the third-longest in Miami history. His record day also helped Miami snap a dubious streak: the RedHawks had gone 283 games without a punt return for touchdown -- the longest streak in Division I-A football. The streak dated to Oct. 19, 1974.

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: Katie Kuzior (volleyball, So., 3.48, biology, Tallmadge, Ohio) was named to the Clemson all-tournament team after leading her team with 18 kills and 10 digs in a 3-1 win over Clemson. She posted her second double-double of the weekend with 24 kills and 14 digs in a 3-1 win over Davidson. Against Georgia State, Kuzior recorded 12 kills and five digs.
  • Central Michigan: Allison Campbell (soccer, Jr., 3.57, health fitnees in preventative rehabilitative program, Livonia, Mich.) netted two goals and one assist and launched six shots as CMU went 1-1 at the Chippewa Fall Classic last weekend. It's the All-American transfer's first goal in a Chippewa uniform.
  • Eastern Michigan: Courtney Sindelar (soccer, So., 3.08, undeclared, Potomac, Maryland) assisted on the second goal in a 2-0 MAC win over Toledo and scored the lone goal in a 1-1 tie with instate rival Michigan State to help the Eagles to a 1-0-1 record for the week. Sindelar is tied for second on the team in scoring with two goals and two assists for six points.
  • Kent State: Meagan Class (field hockey, Sr., 3.44, education/integrated language arts, Harrisburg, Pa.) helped the Golden Flashes go 2-0 on the weekend (9-1 over Southwest Missouri State and 5-0 over Cornell). Class scored two goals and picked up an assist in the win over SMSU. She scored the first goal on a penalty stroke and is now tied for third on the team with eight points for the season.
  • Miami: Jennifer Eaton (volleyball, So., 3.71, psychology, Cincinnati, Ohio) had a career week, posting career-best totals in four categories. One of Miami's strongest servers last week, Eaton notched four aces in one serving rotation against Dayton and recorded aces against Pittsburgh and Arkansas. The four service aces against Dayton were a career-best total. She averaged 2.41 digs per game and 0.75 blocks per game, including a career-high 19 digs against national power and hard-hitting Arkansas. She also notched a career-best six block assists against the Lady Razorbacks. Eaton leads Miami in service aces (9), digs (2.25) and blocks (0.86). Her 16 kills against Dayton also were a career best.
  • Toledo: Lindsey Kretzmann (volleyball, Jr., 3.09, management, Pataskala, Ohio) was named to the all-tournament team at the Buckeye Invitational after registering a .356 attack percentage, including career-high 23 kills in five-game loss to Kentucky. She hit .488 in a match versus Kentucky also.
  • Western Michigan: Monika Paul (volleyball, Sr., 3.02, physical education, St. Louis, Mich.) played in all 10 games for the Broncos at the Xavier Invitational. She helped WMU go 2-1 in the tournament and was named to the all-tournament team. Paul totaled 33 kills and 31 digs at the tournament, both of which were team highs. Her best match performance came against Virginia, when she scored 16 kills and recorded 11 digs. She had seven kills and 11 digs versus Xavier and 10 kills and nine digs against Middle Tennessee.

    Male Nominees:

  • Buffalo: Todd Ludden (cross country, So., 3.409, mathematics, Hornell, N.Y.) placed first in UB Invitational completing the 8K course in 26:02.4 leading the Bulls to a 15-50 win over Canisius on Saturday.
  • Eastern Michigan: Blake McDowell (cross country, Sr., 3.54, accounting, Reynoldsburg, Ohio) opened the season with a fourth-place finishand helped EMU to the Collegiate Title and a second-place overall finish at the UDM/Tommy Titan Invitational. McDowell ran a 20:09 time in the event in Northville, Mich.
  • Toledo: Kevin Kornowa (golf, Jr., 3.91, accounting, Sylvania, Ohio) led the Rockets to a third-place finish at the Wisconsin Invitational by shooting a 215 (73-71-71) to finish in a tie for fifth place overall.
  • Western Michigan: Jared Pike (football, Sr., 3.10, marketing, Muskegon, Mich.) helped the Broncos record their first victory against a Big Ten team since 1988 with a 27-21 win over Iowa. Pike registered seven tackles, two hurries and two sacks (for -17 yards) in the game. Both of his sacks came on the final drive of the game, including sacking the Iowa quarterback on the final offensive play of the game for Iowa. Pike was part of the defense that held Iowa to six first half points.

    Previous Winners
    Week 2 (Sept. 11): Julie Zylka, BSU (volleyball)
    Week 1 (Sept. 5): Ashlie Case, Akron (volleyball)

    Previous Winners
    Week 2 (Sept. 11): Eddie Tillitz, Miami (football)
    Week 1 (Sept. 5): Jim Harding, Toledo (football)