Akron's Derr and Miami's Seyferth Named MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week

Updated 10/25/1999
CLEVELAND, OH -- Akron's Zac Derr (football) and Miami's Courtney Seyferth (field hockey) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on October 25, 1999.

Derr (Jr., 3.91, emergency management, Pittsburgh, Pa.) had a career best with not one, but two 45-yard field goals in the Zips' 35-29 come-from-behind win against Navy at the Naval Academy. Derr was two-for-two in field goals and finished the game with seven points. He is now three-for-three this season from 40-to-49 yards out. His previous best was a 44-yard field goal during the 1998 season.

Seyferth (Sr., 3.37, health appraisal & sport organization) accounted for all three of Miami's goals last weekend, including the game-winner against No. 19 Ohio. She took only two shots against Ohio, both of which were goals. Seyferth scored just one goal in a 4-1 loss to Kent on Friday. The win over Ohio marked Miami's first win in three tries against ranked-opponents this year. She moved into the team lead for point totals with 19 and her two goals in one game was a career high.

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:

Ball State: Megan Hammons (volleyball, So., 3.04, undecided, West Liberty, Ind.) averaged 4.71 kills per game and hit .343 while totaling 3.43 digs per game last week to lead Ball State to victories over Buffalo and Northern Illinois. Hammons, an outside attacker, managed 11 kills in the Buffalo match to help the Cardinals extend their streak of consecutive games won at home to a school-record 16. She followed that performance by blasting 22 kills, hitting .415 and recording 19 digs in a four-game victory over NIU on Saturday. It marked the seventh time this season that she totaled 20-or-more kills in a match, breaking the previous BSU sophomore record of three set in 1989.

Bowling Green: Melissa Lewis (volleyball, Sr., 3.12, human movement science, Mansfield, Ohio) led BGSU to a 3-0 record last week, with all three wins coming on the road. The victories over Oakland, Akron and Kent extended BG's current win streak to eight matches. That is the team's longest win streak in seven years. Lewis averaged 4.67 kills and 3.17 digs per game, while hitting .321 for the week. She scored 26 kills at Akron and 15 versus both Oakland and Kent, leading the team in all three matches. Lewis has led BG in kills in 19 of this season's 22 matches. She also leads the squad in hitting with an average of .295 (.308 in MAC matches) and is averaging 4.60 kills per game.

Buffalo: Kevin Pitra (men's soccer, So., 3.38, sociology/criminal law, Solon, Ohio) led the team to a win over Eastern Michigan scoring the game-winning goal with just under two minutes remaining for a 3-2 win. It was the first goal of his career.

Central Michigan: Jennifer Mitchell (volleyball, Jr., 3.31, business, Lake Odessa, Mich.) posted a double-double in both matches last weekend. She had 11 blocks on the week, including three solos. She also posted her 500th career dig during the weekend making her a 500-500 player for career kills and digs.

Kent: Maggie Downey (field hockey, Sr., 3.18, elementary education, St. Louis, Mo.) moved to second on Kent's all-time career points list with her second assist in a 4-1 win over Miami on Oct. 22. She had a goal and two assists in a 3-1 victory over Louisville on Oct. 23. Downey leads the team in points (48) and goals (16), which ranks second in the conference.

Ohio: Mike Fox (football, So., 3.26, math education, Cincinnati, Ohio) had five tackles from his defensive line position in Ohio's win over Bowling Green. He recorded one sack for eight yards, his first sack of the season. Fox was also responsible for a quarterback hurry, while forcing and recovering a fumble, one of five Falcon turnovers forced by the Bobcat defense. Fox is Ohio's leading tackler on the defensive line with 32 stops. The Ohio defense held BGSU to just 123 rushing yards. Lori Schmidt (women's soccer, 3.98, broadcast journalism, Pickerington, Ohio) posted four saves in two matches, while allowing three goals. She helped the Bobcats to a 2-1 win over Ball State, while falling to Miami in overtime, 2-1. Schmidt recorded her fourth and fifth starts of the season, filling in for the injured Vanessa Dennis. She has an .846 save percentage (22 saves to just four goals allowed) on the season with an .81 goals allowed average.

Toledo: Jorge Morales (men's tennis, Sr., 3.06, chemical engineering, Caracas, Venezuela) won the flight A singles and doubles titles at the Rocket Indoor Tournament over the weekend. He defeated players from Xavier, EMU, BGSU and Ohio State for the win in singles. In doubles, Morales teamed with Hector Arroyo for wins over Xavier, EMU and NIU. Amanda Brown (women's soccer, Sr., 3.64, exercise science, Cypress, Calif.) scored the game-winning goal in Toledo's 3-2 win at Wisconsin-Green Bay on Sunday.

Western Michigan: Tim Lester (football, Sr., 3.41, math education, Wheaton, Ill.) completed 26 of 41 passes for 296 yards and four touchdowns, accounting for all 28 of WMU's points. He became the MAC's all-time leader in total offense and the 14th player in NCAA Division I history to reach 10,000 passing yards. He currently leads the nation in touchdown passes with 27 and moved into the top-10 nationally with 80-career touchdown passes.

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)
Week 6 (Oct. 11)        Sally Northcroft, BSU (field hockey)
Week 7 (Oct. 19)        Heather Fueger, Ohio (women's golf)
Week 8 (Oct. 25)        Courtney Seyferth, Miami (field hockey)

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, BGSU (football)
Week 4 (Sept. 27)       Tim Lester, WMU (football)
Week 5 (Oct. 5)         Tim Rice, Toledo (men's golf)
Week 6 (Oct. 11)        Ty Fowler, BGSU (men's soccer)
Week 7 (Oct. 19)        Scott Niles, WMU (football)
Week 8 (Oct. 25)        Zac Derr, Akron (football)