Kent's Patterson and Ohio's Billips Named MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week

Updated 11/9/1999
CLEVELAND, OH (November 8) -- Kent's Carrie Patterson (volleyball) and Ohio's Brian Billips (men's swimming & diving) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on November 9, 1999.

Billips (Sr., 3.74, sports industry, Pickerington, Ohio) won both the one-meter (277.05) and the three-meter diving events (268.45) in a dual meet against Akron and Buffalo. He also won the three-meter diving event (264.675) against Kenyon College on Nov. 2.

Patterson (Sr., 3.97, speech pathology & audiology, Mineral Ridge, Ohio) recorded 27 digs in three games against Marshall, averaging 7.0 digs per game. She scored 20 kills and 10 digs in a four-game victory over Central Michigan and had 14 kills and 17 digs in a five-game win over Eastern Michigan.

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:

Akron: Kim Branam (volleyball, Sr., 3.29, speech pathology & audiology, Elyria, Ohio) led the Zips to wins over Western Michigan (3-1) and Central Michigan (3-0) with 32 kills (4.57 kpg) and a hitting percentage of .453. She also totaled nine blocks in the seven games (1.29 bpg). Western Michigan had been undefeated in league play prior to Akron's upset.

Bowling Green: Heather Greig (volleyball, Sr., 3.72, elementary education, West Bloomfield, Mich.) helped the Falcons to a pair of three-game sweeps over Buffalo and Northern Illinois. She averaged 13.0 assists and 1.33 service aces per game. She led the team in both of those categories, as well as in digs (2.67 dpg). She recorded four aces in each match and hit .364 on the week. Bowling Green has won 11 of itslast 12 matches to move into first place in the MAC East.

Buffalo: Mike Garofalo (football, Sr., 3.36, management, Sharpsville, Pa.) made his 42nd straight start in his final home game in a 20-13 loss to Hofstra. Garofalo's play helped the team rush for a season-high 225 yards on the ground. He is a two-year captain for the squad.

Central Michigan: Cheryl Eglin (field hockey, Sr., 3.74, special education, Wading River, N.Y.) scored three goals in the MAC tournament to help CMU to a win over Miami before an overtime loss to Ball State. The three goals moved Eglin into the top spot on CMU's career scoring list with 103 points.

Kent: Gary McCullough (football, Sr., 3.29, elementary education, McMurray, Pa.) led the Flashes with eight tackles in a 28-16 loss. Kent's defense held the 12th-ranked thundering Herd to 328 yards on the day. McCullough also gained five yards in rushing on a fake punt.

Miami: Kim French (women's soccer, So., 3.26, marketing, Webster, N.Y.) wrapped up an impressive MAC Tournament by shutting out top seeded Eastern Michigan through four overtimes of the MAC Championship match. She also shut out Western Michigan to lead Miami to a 1-0 victory in the quarterfinal round. She surrendered her only goal of the tournament in a 2-1 semifinal win over Central Michigan, which was played in high winds. French totaled 17 saves over the three matches and set a Miami record with 12 season wins. Andy Brumbergs (football, Fr.-R, 3.69, accountancy, Solon, Ohio) extended his consecutive field goal string to seven with a 24-yard boot in Miami's 32-23 triumph over Akron.

Brumbergs also went three-for-three in PATs. Brumbergs missed the first three field goal attempts of his career, but has been perfect ever since.

Ohio: Kim Van Selm (swirmming & diving, So., 3.18, biology/physical therapy, Durban, South Africa) was the top finisher in the 200 freestyle with a time of 51.78 second in a dual meet against Akron and Buffalo. She also won the 50 (25.17) and 500 freestyle events (4:54.76) against Kenyon College on Nov. 2.

Toledo: Ashley Clark (volleyball, Sr., 3.55, primary education, LaPorte, Ind.) led the Rockets to a pair of victories over the weekend. She registered a .500 hitting percentage (six kills, no error in 12 attempts) in a three-win game over NIU. She also had 56 assists and nine digs. She led the team to a 3-0 win over Buffalo with 38 assists and 10 digs. For the weekend, Clark averaged 13.43 assists, 2.71 digs and posted a .381 attack percentage. Craig Dukes (men's swimming & diving, Jr., 3.51, marketing, Bedfordview, South Africa) won the 200 free against Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green with a time of 1:43.72. He also finished third in the 100 free in a time of 47.22.

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)
Week 9 (Nov. 2)         Sally Northcroft, BSU (field hockey)
Week 10 (Nov. 9)        Carrie Patterson, Kent (volleyball)

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)      
Week 9 (Nov. 2)         Jon Eaton, Akron (football)
Week 10 (Nov. 9)        Brian Billips, Ohio (diving)