Akron's Bjaneso, Ball States Conway Named MAC Scholar Athletes

Updated 10/23/2000
CLEVELAND, OH (Oct. 23, 2000) -- Akron's Orjan Bjaneso (soccer) and Ball State's Colleen Conway (field hockey) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on October 24, 2000.

Orjan Bjaneso (Jr., 3.81, finance, Bergen, Norway) had three goals and two assists, including the game winner as Akron defeated St. Bonaventure, 7-1. He added another goal on Sunday in UA's 6-2 win over Western Michigan to bring his weekend scoring total to 10 points (four goals and two assists). Bjnes now leads the team in scoring (22 points) and is tied for the team lead in goals.

Conway (Sr., 3.95, exercise science, Burlington, Ontario) helped lead BSU to a 1-0 victory over Ohio on Saturday to snap a program-long nine-game losing streak. She set up the game-winning goal when she found Kirsty Houghton in the circle for a goal against Ohio.

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: Dawn Hickey (swimming, Jr., 3.26, undecided, Brockport, N.Y.) led UB to a season-opening 182-98 win over Niagara on Friday. Hickey took first place in the 1000 free in 10:52.26 and placed second in the 500 free in 5:13.81 behind freshman teammate Jolie Pun. In her first season with the Bulls in 1999-2000, Hickey set school records in all three distance freestyle events (500, 1000, and 1650).

Central Michigan: Allison Campbell (soccer, Jr., 3.57, health fitness in preventive rehabilitative programs, Livonia, Mich.) had one goal and three assists in two key wins for the Chippewa women's soccer team. Both wins vaulted CMU into third in the standings and earned it the right to host the opening round of the MAC tourney. Campbell had one goal and one assist in the win over Ball State on Friday. She assisted the game-winning goal in the last five minutes of the match. She returned to tally two assists versus Miami on Sunday. She has posted 11 points in the past four games.

Eastern Michigan: Kate Lewis (soccer, Jr., 3.23, pre-nursing, Troy, Mich.) posted three points in two key conference matchups this weekend, helping the Eagles to a 2-0 record for the week and the second seed in the upcoming MAC Women's Soccer Tournament. In the road win at Ball State, Lewis had a hand in both goals, scoring the game winner less than seven minutes into the game and then assisting on Amanda Kulikowski's goal that put the game away. For the season, she is fourth in scoring with 13 points (four goals, five assists).

Kent State: Meagan Class (field hockey, Jr., 3.44, education/integrated language arts, Harrisburg, Pa.) had a goal and an assist in Kent State's 4-3 victory over nationally-ranked Ohio State Oct. 17. Against Central Michigan Oct. 21, she had two assists in helping the 11th-ranked Golden Flashes defeat the Chippewas 4-1 and clinching a Mid-American Conference title for the second straight year.

Miami: Summer Clouse (volleyball, Jr., 3.55, special education, Tiffin, Ohio) quarterbacked Miami to a three-game win over Marshall and a four-game loss to East Division leader Ohio. She led Miami to its third-straight win-the first time this season Miami has won three in a row. Clouse put forth an impressive effort against the Thundering Herd, averaging 14.33 assists per game and 4.67 digs per game. She also served up two aces. Against the Bobcats, Clouse notched 55 assists to averaged 13.75 per game. For the week, she averaged 14.00 assists per game and 3.00 digs.

Ohio: Jen Barber (soccer, Jr., 3.41, sports industry, Cincinnati, Ohio) scored two goals and added an assist in the Bobcats important win over Western Michigan 4-0 on Friday. Barber tallied five more points in Ohio's 7-2 win over Northern Illinois on Sunday. She had a goal and three assists in the game. The three assists in a game tied the school-record.

Toledo: Heidi Neumeister (volleyball, So., 3.43, multi-aged education, Olmsted Township, Ohio) averaged 4.0 kills per game in two matches last week. She recorded a career-high 20 kills in Rockets' 3-1 win at Central Michigan on Saturday. Neumeister also recorded eight blocks during the week.

Western Michigan: Zakiya Pope (volleyball, Jr., 3.25, textile and apparel studies, East Lansing, Mich.) totaled 24 kills in two matches over the weekend. She notched 13 kills and six blocks in a three-set victory versus Toledo on Oct. 20. She also hit a season-best .545 in that match. Pope had 11 kills against Akron and helped the team go 2-0 without dropping a game. She ranks among MAC hitting percentage leaders. The Broncos have won eight match in a row and Pope has totaled at least 11 kills in five straight matches.

Male Nominees:

Buffalo: David Pruce (football, Sr., 3.53, political science, Chardon, Ohio) was part of a UB offensive line that helped the Bulls to a season-best 252 rushing yards in UB's 44-35 loss to Ball State. UB amassed 424 yards of total offense and the offensive line, led by Pruce, did not allow a quarterback sack.

Eastern Michigan: Elliott Daniels (football, So., 3.23, business, Park Forest, Ill.) had five tackles at Bowling Green Saturday, but made them count, making three of them for losses of 14 yards, including two sacks for 13 yards. The three tackles for loss and two sacks were career bests for Daniels.

Ohio: Tom Weilbacher (football, Jr., 3.07, education, Columbus, Ohio) tallied seven tackles, including one TFL, and his first interception of the season against CMU. The Bobcats held CMU to three points, under 300 total yards and out of Ohio territory on 10-of-12 drives in the game.

Toledo: Dipesh Rao (tennis, So., 3.23, pre-business, Mumbai, Ind.) was undefeated in Flight 1 singles at the Spartan Invitational. He defeated opponents from Michigan State, Western Michigan and DePaul.

Western Michigan: Fernando Garcia (tennis, Sr., 3.63, electrical engineering, Cali, Columbia) posted a perfect 5-0 record over the weekend at the Michigan State Spartan Invitational. Garcia won two matches at number one singles and three matches at number three doubles. He won both singles matches despite dropping first set and defeated players from Bowling Green, Michigan State and Toledo.

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)
Week 6 (Oct. 10) Jacki Waller, Ohio (cross country)
Week 7 (Oct. 17) Kristin Gamby, BGSU (volleyball)
Week 8 (Oct. 24) Colleen Conway, BSU (field hockey)

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, Toledo (football)
Week 4 (Sept. 26) Brian Godsey, MIA (cross country)
Week 5 (Oct. 3) Brian Godsey, MIA (cross country)
Zac Derr, Akron (football)
Week 6 (Oct. 10) Kevin Kornowa, Toledo (golf)
Week 7 (Oct. 17) Kevin Kornowa, Toledo (golf)
Week 8 (Oct. 24) rjan Bjnes, Akron (soccer)