Tri-Female Scholar Athlete of the Week: April 23-29

Updated 5/14/2012
Tri-Female Scholar Athlete of the Week: Prang Pantusart, Akron (tennis), Mercedes Germino, Kent State (golf) and Lindsay Tobias, Toledo (softball)

Prang Pantusart (no. 3 singles/no. 1 doubles, Jr., 3.54, finance) scored a three-set, last-match-on-court win at No. 3 singles to give the second-seeded University of Akron tennis team a 4-3 comeback victory over top-seeded Miami (Ohio) in the MAC tournament championship on Sunday, and made the Zips back-to-back winners of the event. After winning her first set 6-3, Pantusart dropped the next set 7-5 to Nimisha Mohan, but brought home match point with a resounding 6-0 decision in the third set. The clutch performance earned her event MVP honors and landed her on the all-tournament team. On Thursday, Pantusart was named to the All-MAC Second Team, the second all-league honor of her collegiate career. She is 19-3 in dual-match singles play this season, including a 15-2 mark when playing in the No. 3 spot.

Mercedes Germino (Sr., 3.92, organizational communication (minors: international business and marketing)) led Kent State to their 14th consecutive Mid-American Conference tournament title on Sunday, continuing the conference's longest current streak of conference championships. Missing a playoff for medalist honors by one stroke, Germino finished third overall with an eight-over 224 as Kent State won the title by 16 strokes. Germino led the MAC tournament field with nine birdies on the weekend, including five in the final round on Sunday.

Lindsay Tobias (right field, Jr., 3.910, exercise science) posted a team-high .600 batting average and 1.000 slugging percentage to help the Rockets post a 5-1 record last week. Tobias also led UT with 12 hits, seven runs and tied for the team lead with two homers and six RBI. One of Tobias’ roundtrippers was an inside-the-park homer in the eighth inning to give Toledo a 2-1 extra-inning victory over Western Michigan. She also registered a 3-for-3 outing vs. Northern Illinois and a 3-for-4 effort vs. Youngstown State.

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 the week’s competition. The winners are selected by a group of the conference’s faculty athletic representatives.

Other Female Nominees:
Bowling Green: Paige Berger
(softball, IF, Jr., 3.78, early childhood education) led the Falcons in nearly every offensive category this past week, helping the Orange and Brown to a 5-1 record. Berger collected nine hits in 19 at bats for a .475 batting average, including three doubles and two home runs. Berger paced Bowling Green with eight RBI and 18 total bases, while also leading the team in slugging percentage (.947) and on-base percentage (.524). Berger carried a perfect fielding percentage (1.000) over the week, and was 1-for-1 in steal attempts in the six games.

Eastern Michigan: Sarah Johnson
(golf, Jr., 3.44, psychology) tied for 11th place at the 2012 Mid-American Conference Championship Sunday, April 29, on the par 72, 6,127 yard Hawthorns Golf & Country Club course. The 2011 MAC medalist fired rounds of 79, 80, and 77 for a three-day mark of 236. Johnson finished the regular season with a with an 18-hole stroke average of 75.9, the second lowest in the MAC this season and the fourth lowest in program-history.

Miami: Riekie Honiball (tennis, 2nd singles/2nd doubles, Sr., 3.68, mathematics and statistics (minor: risk management and insurance)) earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Mid-American Conference Tennis Championship this past weekend, leading Miami to the championship game. She was 2-0 in singles with one match unfinished at the tournament. She played No. 2 singles, where she defeated the league’s Freshman of the Year, Olga Shkundina of Akron, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday in the title game. With the win, she dropped the Zips’ Shkundina’s record to 32-4 overall, as the win came after trailing 1-3 in the first set and avenged a regular-season loss. Honiball won 6-3, 6-1 over Ball State’s entrant in the quarterfinals on Friday. She was also part of the No. 2 doubles team that was 1-0 with two unfinished matches. She defeated Akron’s pair 8-3 in Sunday’s championship and held a 6-3 lead on Friday vs. Ball State and was tied 7-7 on Saturday against Bowling Green. Honiball will graduate on Saturday with a B.S. degree and finishes her tennis career a perfect 32-0 in regular-season MAC matches during her time at Miami and also won two MAC Tournament titles.

Northern Illinois: Kelsie Passolt (golf, Sr., 3.909, mass communication/broadcast journalism) finished her NIU career on a high note, turning in her lowest score of the season for a three-round event carding a 223 (78-80-75) to tie for eighth place, a career-best finish at the MAC Championships. Passolt’s final round 75 was her lowest round of the season, while her 223 is her lowest score at a MAC Championship. She improved her score and place from last year’s MAC Championships where she finished tied for 33rd with a 248 and Passolt’s final round 75 was the lowest score she turned in at the MAC Championship.

Ohio: Raven King (softball, 1B, So., 3.60, civil engineering) had an unbelievable week for Ohio Softball. In the Bobcats’ six games (four of which were wins), King hit 10-19 (.526), belted five home runs, drove in 14 runs and score 10 more of her own. The sophomore was clutch all week with runners in scoring position and registered a slugging percentage of 1.368. King was solid in the field as well, registering 35 putouts and two assists while committing zero errors.

Previous Female Winners
Week 1 (Sept. 9) Kristen Lynn, Toledo (soccer)
Week 2 (Sept. 16) Brigit Reder, BSU (soccer)
Week 3 (Sept. 23) Paige Roback, EMU (volleyball)
Week 4 (Sept. 30) Rachel Iaquaniello, EMU (volleyball) and Nicole Gyurgyik, Toledo (soccer)
Week 5 (Oct. 7) Brigit Reder, BSU (soccer)
Week 6 (Oct. 14) Skylar Chew, BSU (soccer) and Bailey Brandon, CMU (soccer)
Week 7 (Oct. 21) Toye Famodu, Ohio (soccer)
Week 8 (Oct. 28) Kristin Hoffman, NIU (volleyball)
Week 9 (Nov. 4) Carla Johl, KSU (field hockey)
Week 10 (Nov. 10) Maddy Eccleston, BGSU (tennis)
Week 11 (Nov. 17) Cassie Farrell, Miami (volleyball)
Week 12 (Nov. 26) Trisha Krewson, KSU (basketball)
Week 13 (Nov. 30) Juli Accurso, Ohio (cross country)
Week 14 (Dec. 7) Briana Emig, EMU (swimming & diving)
Week 15 (Dec. 14) Tenishia Benson, Ohio (basketball)
Week 16 (Dec. 22) Courtney Osborn, Miami (basketball)
Week 17 (Jan. 11) Emily Pifer, Ohio (track and field)
Week 18 (Jan. 18) Briana Emig, EMU (swimming & diving)
Week 19 (Jan. 25) Ariane Beaumont-Courteau, Akron (indoor track and field)
Week 20 (Feb. 1) Brittany Petzold, CMU (gymnastics)
Week 21 (Feb. 8) Holly Anderson, CMU (indoor track and field)
Week 22 (Feb. 15) Ariane Beaumont-Courteau, Akron (indoor track and field)
Week 23 (Feb. 22) Kristin Teubner, CMU (gymnastics)
Week 24 (Mar. 1) Valerie (Wert) Fraizer, Akron (indoor track and field)
Week 25 (Mar. 8) Taylor Ruper, Akron (basketball)
Week 26 (Mar. 15) Natachia Watkins, EMU (basketball)
Week 27 (Mar. 21) Jenna Ignowski, EMU (softball) and Jessica Simpson, Miami (softball)
Week 28 (Mar. 28) Tanya Rachan, NIU (gymnastics)
Week 29 (Apr. 4) Alison Mercado, BSU (softball)
Week 30 (Apr. 11) Emily Reuland, BGSU (tennis) and Emma Kertesz, Toledo (outdoor track and field)
Week 31 (Apr. 19) Megan Weaver, Ohio (golf)
Week 32 (Apr. 25) Jessica Simpson, Miami (softball)
Week 33 (May 2) Prang Pantusart, Akron (tennis), Mercedes Germino, KSU (golf) and Lindsay Tobias, Toledo (softball)