Western Michigan Sweeps MAC Scholar-Athlete Awards

Updated 3/27/2002

March 27, 2002

CLEVELAND, OH- Western Michigan's Kylie Schultz (track & field) and Ravishankar Pathanjali (tennis) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on March 26, 2002.

Schultz (Sr., 3.94, art, Clare, Mich.) placed second out of 17 runners in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 37:30.99. She was the second Bronco finisher behind teammate Sarah Hinkley. Schultz helped the Broncos earn three of the top-five finishes in the event.

Pathanjali (So., 3.41, business, Tamilnadu, India) went 2-0 last week, earning wins in both the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles positions. He beat Francisco Valencia 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 at No. 1 singles and teamed with Rayn Maarschalk for a 8-6 win over Matt Cole and Jason Cole at No. 1 doubles. Pathanjali leads the team in overall wins (36) despite playing nearly the entire season at the No. 1 positions. He earned a perfect 4.0 GPA last semester.

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: Rianne Hess (softball, Sr., 3.21, sports medicine, Vancouver, Wash.) belted three home runs last weekend as the Zips completed a three-game sweep over Miami to improve to 11-5 overall, 3-0 in the MAC. Hess was only 3-of-12 at the plate, but her three home runs resulted in five RBI and three runs scored.

Bowling Green: Jessie Milosek (softball, Sr., 3.85, human movement science, Brighton, Mich.) went 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA as the Falcons posted a three-game sweep of visiting Marshall to open MAC play. The three games were BGSU's only action of the week. Milosek threw a complete-game eight-hitter, allowing just two earned runs in a 6-3 win in the series opener Saturday (March 23). She struck out three batters and did not issue a walk in improving to 4-1 on the year. She threw 95 pitches in the complete-game win. On the season, Milosek has a team-best 1.75 ERA. BGSU is 10-9 overall and 3-0 in the MAC.

Buffalo: Sarah Fletcher (track & field, Sr., 3.20, social sciences, Ridgeway, Ontario) won two events at the Wake Forest Relays. She scored victories in the hammer throw (170'9") and discus (142'2") to lead the team at the non-scoring meet. She missed the 2001 outdoor and 2002 indoor seasons due to injury.

Eastern Michigan: Lisa D'Amelio (tennis, Jr., 3.80, physical education, Melbourne, Australia) was perfect at No. 2 singles and in her doubles play at No. 1 with fellow Australian Rebecca Hawkins. Against Northern Illinois, D'Amelio defeated Tanja Sukovic, 6-3, 6-2, in singles and teamed with Hawkins to defeat Savic and Heshelman, 8-4. In the dramatic come-from-behind win at Western Michigan (4-3), D'Amelio teamed with Hawkins to get EMU's only win at doubles over Frederika Girsang and Melanie Remynse, 8-4, and then rallied in singles against Girsang after losing a first-set tiebreaker to spark EMU to the win with her 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-3 win. D'Amelio is now 27-6 in singles this season and 28-3 in doubles with Hawkins.

Marshall: Alice Sakner (tennis, So., 3.78, business, Pittsburgh, Pa.) went 2-0 at No. 1 singles and 2-0 at No. 2 singles last week. She was 4-0 on that weekend at No. 1 doubles. Sakner is 11-2 on the season in singles action and 11-3 in doubles. Her season highlight was a win over No. 43 Maren Haus of Wake Forest.

Miami: Angie Gerber (softball, Jr., 3.00, organizational leadership, LaSalle, Mich.) hit .556 (5-for-9), slugged 1.000 in Miami's three-game series with Akron last weekend. In Saturday's doubleheader, she went 2-for-3 in a 3-0 loss, then 1-for-3 in a 7-3 defeat. Gerber provided all of the RedHawks' offense on Sunday in an 8-3 loss to the Zips with a two-run home run and an RBI double. As Miami's first baseman, she made zero errors in 17 chances for a 1.000 fielding percentage on the weekend.

Male Nominees:

Bowling Green: Kerry Koontz (track and field, So., 3.33, construction management & technology, Bowling Green, Ohio) recorded a first-place showing in the pole vault at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He earned a mark of 14'11" to win the event by over 5 1/2 inches. Koontz finished ahead of athletes from schools that included Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Louisville, Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Drake.

Eastern Michigan: Greg Anglin (baseball, Jr., 3.05, secondary education/social studies, Ypsilanti, Mich.) helped lead the Eagles to a 4-2 week, including taking three-of-four games on the road at Ohio in non-conference action. He hit .333 on the week with a slugging percentage of. 792. The outfielder had a pair of triples and a home run to knock in six RBI in the win over Siena Heights. Against Ohio, he was 5-for-15 (.333) with six runs scored and two RBI. He scored eight runs this week and also had eight RBI total for the six games. With his four triples this week, he has already tied his career-high of five triples from last season.

Marshall: Greg Hiller (baseball, R-Fr., 3.61, undecided, Corning, N.Y.) went 2-for-4 with two runs, four RBIs, a double and a home run in Marshall's win over Toledo.

Miami: Nick Somerville (track & field, So., 3.28, finance, Indianapolis, Ind.) garnered third-place finishes in the long jump and triple jump and a seventh-place finish in the high jump at last Saturday's UC Irvine Spring Break Invitational. His triple jump mark of 47'3.75" bested his previous best by more than a foot-and-a-half. The reigning MAC champion in the long jump, Somerville leapt 24'1.75" in that event, the second best mark of his career. He also cleared 5'11" in the high jump, for a seventh-place finish. Somerville was Miami's top scorer at the meet with 26 points. The RedHawks finished second at the meet behind Cornell, 300-273.

Toledo: Mitch Maier (baseball, So., 3.16, management, Novi, Mich.) hit .412 (7-for-17) in the Rockets' four games with three doubles, one homerun and five RBIs. He had a .765 slugging percentage and a .444 on-base hitting percentage.

Previous Winners:

Female
Week 1 (Sept. 5) Amanda  Kulikowski, EMU (soccer)
Week 2 (Sept. 11) Katie  Kuzior, UA (volleyball)
Week 3 (Sept. 18) MAC competition cancelled
Week 4 (Sept. 25) Andrea  Kremer, MIA (cross country)
Week 5 (Oct. 2) Megan  Ramey, WMU (soccer)
Week 6 (Oct. 9) Jennifer  Eaton, MIA (volleyball)
Week 7 (Oct. 16) Frederika  Girsang, WMU (tennis)
Week 8 (Oct. 23) Allison  Campbell, CMU (soccer)
Week 9 (Oct. 30) Brianna  Shook, UT (cross country)
Week 10 (Nov. 6) Emily Nayes, MIA (swimming)
Week 11 (Nov. 13) Caty  Rommeck, BGSU (volleyball)
Week 12 (Nov. 20) Carmen  Malone, WMU (volleyball)
Week 13 (Nov. 27) Andrea  Kremer, MIA (cross country)
Week 14 (Dec. 4) Kate  Miller, KSU (basketball)
Week 15 (Dec. 11) Colleen  Day, MIA (basketball)
Week 16 (Jan. 8) Dru Bishop, EMU (basketball)
Week 17 (Jan. 15) Stefanie  Wenzel, BGSU (basketball)
Week 18 (Jan. 22) Teresa  Kahle, UT (basketball)
Week 19 (Jan. 29) Shani Charles, EMU (basketball)
Week 20 (Feb. 5) Maria Derezinski, CMU (track & field)
Week 21 (Feb. 12) Jessica Kochendorfer, UB  (basketball)
Week 22 (Feb. 19) Suzy Bozin, CMU (track & field)
Week 23 (Feb. 26) Maria Derezinski, CMU (track & field)
Week 24 (Mar. 5) Emily Nayes, MIA (swimming)
Week 25 (Mar. 12) Suzy Bozin, CMU (track & field)
Week 26 (Mar. 19) Marny Oestreng, BGSU (gymnastics)
Week 27 (Mar 26) Kylie Schultz, WMU (track & field)

Male Week 1 (Sept. 5) Zac Derr, UA (football) Week 2 (Sept. 11) Thomas Hammock, NIU (football) Week 3 (Sept. 18) MAC competition cancelled Week 4 (Sept. 25) Andy Avery, UB (football) Week 5 (Oct. 2) Brian Godsey, MIA (cross country) Week 6 (Oct. 9) Bill Norberg, UB (soccer) Week 7 (Oct. 16) Ben Roethlisberger, MIA (football) Week 8 (Oct. 23) Brian Hallett, KSU (football) Week 9 (Oct. 30) Rob Turner, CMU (football) Week 10 (Nov. 6) John Bartlet, EMU (swimming) Week 11 (Nov. 13) Brian Godsey, MIA (cross country) Week 12 (Nov. 20) Josh Harris, BGSU (football) Week 13 (Nov. 27) Chris Haneline, BGSU (football) Week 14 (Dec. 4) Todd France, UT (football) Week 15 (Dec. 11) Jared Opfer, KSU (wrestling) Week 16 (Jan. 8) David Webber, EMU (basketball) Week 17 (Jan. 15) Dale Cowper, WMU (track & field) Week 18 (Jan. 22) Steve Pettyjohn, EMU (basketball) Week 19 (Jan. 29) Zach Riley, BSU (track & field) Week 20 (Feb. 5) Brian Hallett, KSU (track & field) Week 21 (Feb. 12) Jeff Luhn, EMU (swimming) Week 22 (Feb. 19) Nick Moore, UT (basketball) Week 23 (Feb. 26) Brandon Pardon, BGSU (basketball) Week 24 (Mar. 5) J.R. VanHoose, MAR (basketball) Week 25 (Mar. 12) Jeff Luhn, EMU (swimming) Week 26 (Mar. 19) Nicolas Lopez-Acevedo, BGSU (tennis) Week 27 (Mar. 26) Ravishankar Pathanjali, WMU (tennis)