Miami's Godsey, Akron's Derr and Bowling Greens Vorst Named MAC Scholar Athletes

Updated 10/3/2000

Zac Derr
CLEVELAND, OH (Oct. 3, 2000) -- Miami's Brian Godsey (cross country), Akron's Zac Derr (football) and Bowling Greens Amber Vorst (volleyball) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on October 3, 2000.

Derr (Jr., 3.92, emergency management, Pittsburgh, Pa.) was three-for-three on field goals (38, 34, 38 yds) and four-for-four on extra points, scoring a total of 13 points for the Zips in a 37-20 win over Miami. The total marked a career-high in points for Derr.

Godsey(So., 3.68, physics, West Chester, Ohio) led Miami to its third straight team win at the competitive George Washington Invitational last weekend. Godsey paced the RedHawks with a second-place individual finish; he has not finished lower than second in Miamis four meets this season, and has captured two individual titles to date. The Red and White topped perennial ACC power Virginia by 10 points, and downed Georgetown, ranked No. 7 in the country, by 71 points. Godsey finished second behind Virginias Bobby Theile.

Vorst (Jr., 3.73, communication disorders, Kalida, Ohio) hit .667 with eight kills and no errors in 12 total attempts, as the Falcons posted a three-game victory over Marshall to move to 9-4 overall and 2-2 in the MAC. She also had seven digs, an assist, a service ace and a block in the win.

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:

Buffalo: Linnaea DiNallo (soccer, Sr., 3.36, graphic design, Clifton Park, N.Y.) led UB's defense in pair of weekend women's soccer victories over Central Michigan (1-0) and Eastern Michigan (3-1) running its current win streak to three. For the season, DiNallo's defense has aided the Bulls to four shutouts and a 1.24 goals against average.

Central Michigan: Jennifer Mitchell (volleyball, Sr., 3.41, marketing and logistics, Lake Odessa, Mich.) nearly recorded a triple-double last week with 16 kills, a career-high 10 total blocks and nine digs in a win over MAC East Division favorite Miami. Mitchell posted 16 blocks on the week in leading CMU to a 2-1 record with the lone loss coming against defending MAC champion Ball State. She averaged 2.3 kills, 1.5 digs and 1.3 blocks per game on the week. Mitchell also moved into fifth place for career block assists with 265.

Kent State: Shiva Davis (volleyball, Sr., 3.76, pre-business, Crestview Shiloh, Ohio) averaged 3.125 kills per game and 4.25 digs per game in a 3-2 loss to Bowling Green and a 3-0 win against Miami. She had a hitting percentage of .178 and recorded five blocks and six assists in eight games.

Marshall: Kayla Johnson (soccer, Jr., 3.03, criminology, Tampa, Fla.) recorded her league-leading sixth shutout of the season in Marshalls 3-0 win at Ball State on Sunday. Her six shutouts set a new Marshall record for shutouts in a season and her goals against average of .99, ranks among the best in the MAC. She has played every minute of the Herds 11 games this season.

Miami: Danielle Berkemeier (soccer, So., 3.03, sport organization, Fairfield, Ohio) helped Miami to a 2-0 record last weekend with a 3-1 win over Marshall and a 3-2 double-overtime triumph over Ohio. Berkemeier posted the game-winning goal against Marshall to help Miami to the 3-1 win over the Thundering Herd. Her six shots on goal against Ohio helped Miami to the 3-2 double-overtime win to hand Ohio its first conference loss.

Ohio: Lori McColl (volleyball, Sr., 3.28, political science, Glencoe, Ontario) recorded 29 kills in two matches (20 vs. Northern Illinois, 9 vs. Toledo). She hit .230 for the week and had 24 digs. McColl posted her eighth double-double of the season against NIU (20k/10d). She was credited with three block assists against Toledo. McColl helped the Bobcats to their second straight weekend sweep in league play. Ohio surpassed last year's overall and league win totals with a pair of wins. The Bobcats are 11-4 overall and 4-0 in the MAC, their best start ever in league play.

Toledo: Bitsy Mayle (volleyball, So., 3.93, art and pre-med, Houghton, N.Y.) had 7 kills and 15 digs in 3-1 loss to Akron, and 10 kills and 20 digs in 3-2 loss to Ohio.

Western Michigan: Larissa Chinwah (tennis, Jr., 3.68, journalism, Sydney, Australia) teamed with Meaghan Colville to win the Flight "A" doubles championship at Notre Dames' Eck Classic. It was the second straight doubles title for Chinwah, who teamed with Nikki Thompson-Douglas to win the Indiana Invitational Sept. 15-17. Chinwah is a two-time All-MAC performer.


Male Nominees:

Bowling Green: Eric Curl (football, So., 3.41, education/social studies, Livonia, Mich.) made his first start of the season and helped BGSU to an 18-11 win at Kent State. The game marked his first action of the year after suffering a broken foot during the pre-season. Curl is the center on an offense that recorded 124 rushing yards and 111 passing yards in the win. Curl had started 22 consecutive games prior to the 2000 season.

Buffalo: Andre Ford (football, So., 3.34, business management, Penfield, N.Y.) had two receptions for 84 yards including a 72-yard touchdown in UB's 47-14 loss at Marshall. Ford now has four touchdown receptions in five games this season.

Kent State: Brian Hallett (football, Jr., 3.73, industrial technology, Norton, Ohio) helped Kent State's offense to 323 yards of total offense. A right tackle, Hallett helped to allow quarterback Zach Williams to throw for a career-high in passing yards (247).

Ohio: Tom Weilbacher (football, So., 3.07, education, Columbus, Ohio) tallied 11 tackles in Ohio's game at Western Michigan. He forced one of the three Bronco fumbles.

Toledo: Lyle Green (football, Gr., 3.01, business (graduate school), Kitchner, Ontario) caught four passes for 39 yards in Toledos 41-0 win over CMU.

Western Michigan: Rob Friend (soccer, So., 3.04, pre-business, Kelowna, B.C.) came off the bench for the first time in his career to score two goals and add an assist against UW-Milwaukee. He scored both points in less than 30 minutes. The Broncos won the match 5-0, ending an 18-match home-losing streak. Friend leads the team with 12 total points and five goals scored.


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)

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)