Miami's Eakins and Eastern Michigan's McDowell Named MAC Scholar Athletes

Updated 11/13/2000
CLEVELAND (Nov. 13, 2000) -- Miami's Cassie Eakins (diving) and Eastern Michigan's Blake McDowell (cross country) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on November 14, 2000.

McDowell (Sr., 3.54, accounting, Reynoldsburg, Ohio) continued his stellar season, finishing second at the NCAA Cross Country Great Lakes regional with a 10K time of 30:40.8. He finished as the runner-up, after leading most of the race, by just 0.9 seconds and would have qualified for the 2000 NCAAs as an individual. However, he led the Eagles to a second-place team finish also, qualifying the squad for the 2000 NCAA Cross Country Championships in Ames, Iowa in two weeks. This is the first time since 1992 and the seventh time under retiring head coach Bob Parks that EMU has qualified for the NCAA Division I Championships.

Eakins (Sr., 3.12, accountancy, Xenia, Ohio) swept both diving events to help Miami to a 147-91 win over Wright State in the RedHawks lone meet of the week. Eakins led a strong Miami diving corp, which took four of the top five places in the one-meter, paved by Eakins first-place finish with a score of 256.80. Again in the three-meter event, Miami captured four of the top five finishes led by Eakins 267.86 first-place finish.

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: Ashlie Case (volleyball, So., 4.00, philosophy, Youngstown, Ohio) picked up her eighth double-double of the season with 14 kills and 21 digs in a 3-1 win over Buffalo. It was the third time this year that she has reached the 20-plus dig mark. In her last two matches, Case has recorded 44 digs for an average of 4.88 per game.

Buffalo: Carrie Quinlan (swimming, Jr., 3.55, political science, Amherst, N.Y.) won two individual events and was part of both of UB's winning relay squads as the Bulls beat St. Bonaventure 185-115. It was the first time the Bulls had beaten the Bonnies since January 31, 1989 and the first time since UB joined the Division I ranks in 1991. Quinlan took the 50 freestyle in 25.12 and 100 butterfly in 58.99.

Eastern Michigan: Sara Schaub, (volleyball, Sr., 3.86, accounting, Huron, Ohio) posted a pair of double-doubles and led the Eagles to a 1-1 record this week, including a dramatic five-game win over Northern Illinois. Schaub had 14 kills and a team season-high 28 digs against Northern Illinois and followed it up with 14 kills and 17 digs against Kent State. She also added a service ace and five block assists on the weekend.

Kent State: Carrie McEnery (volleyball, Sr., 3.30, elementary education, Orland Park, Ill.) recently reached the 1,000-kill, 1,000-dig mark in a career, Nov. 11 in a win over Eastern Michigan, becoming only the third Kent State volleyball player to reach that mark. She led the Golden Flashes with 10 kills in a 3-0 win over Marshall Nov. 10. McEnery had a double-double in Kent State's 3-0 win over Eastern Michigan Nov. 11 with 11 kills and 20 digs. She is averaging 2.76 kills and 3.23 digs per game.

Western Michigan: Zakiya Pope (volleyball, Jr., 3.25, textile and apparel studies, East Lansing, Mich.) totaled 18 kills and seven blocks in two victories over the weekend. She had 15 kills and hit .423 in a four-game win over Toledo. She also had five blocks in the match. Against Central Michigan, Pope recorded 13 kills and a hitting percentage of .393 in a three-game sweep. She finished the weekend with a .407 hitting percentage. Pope leads WMU in kills (293), hitting percentage (.347), and total blocks (97). She ranks third in the MAC in hitting percentage and sixth in blocks per game (1.13). The team has now won 14 straight matches, losing just a total of five games in those 14 matches. It is the longest winning streak for WMU since 1987.

Male Nominees:

Buffalo: Marquis Dwarte (football, R-Fr., 3.24, psychology, Baltimore, Md.) rushed for a career high 163 yards on 24 carries in UB's 49-14 loss at Akron. The redshirt freshman's 100-yard effort was the third time that UB has had a rusher go over 100 yards in a game as the Bulls rushed for 243 yards on the game - their second-best effort of the season.

Miami: Kevin Mulgrew (swimming, Jr., 3.53, psychology, Malden, Mass.) posted first-place finishes in both of his events to lead Miami to 133-110 win over Wright State and earned a first- and third-place finish over Penn State. Against Wright State, Mulgrew posted wins in the 1,000 and 500 freestyle events and was one of only two RedHawks to take top honors in two events. This was the second time in four meets he has won both events. Mulgrew was one of only three RedHawks to win an event against the Nittany Lions, capturing the 500 freestyle. He also placed third in the 1,000 freestyle, only the first time this season he has not won the event.

Ohio: Dave Zastudil, (football, Jr., 3.04, marketing and finance, Bay Village, Ohio) booted season high eight punts for a 41.0 average, but he got five of the eight to land inside the 20. He had a long kick of 56 yards into the wind. Six of the eight punts were from the Ohio 35 (own 35) or better with two from Bowling Green territory.

Toledo: Bryan Franzen (swimming & diving, Jr., 3.01, exercise science, Phoenix, Ariz.) established a personal best (268.12 pts.) in winning the three-meter diving against Oakland last Friday. He also won the one-meter in addition to both events versus Kenyon College on Saturday.

Western Michigan: Tim Morehouse (cross country, Jr., 3.29, pre-engineering, Clawson, Mich.) finished 41st at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, which was third on the team. He helped the Broncos to an 11th-place finish out of 31 teams. Morehouse is also a member of the indoor and outdoor track and field teams.

Previous Winners Female
Week 1 (9/5) Ashlie Case, Akron (volleyball)
Week 2 (9/11) Julie Zylka, BSU (volleyball)
Week 3 (9/19) Sara Schaub, EMU (volleyball)
Week 4 (9/26) Erika Flanders, BGSU (soccer)
Week 5 (10/3) Amber Vorst, BGSU (volleyball)
Week 6 (10/10) Jacki Waller, Ohio (cross country)
Week 7 (10/17) Kristin Gamby, BGSU (volleyball)
Week 8 (10/24) Colleen Conway, BSU (field hockey)
Week 9 (10/31) Beth Young, MIA (field hockey)
Week 10 (11/7) Emily Bresser, Ohio (swimming)
Week 11 (11/14) Cassie Eakins, MIA (diving)

Previous Winners Male
Week 1 (9/5) Jim Harding, Toledo (football)
Week 2 (9/11) Eddie Tillitz, Miami (football)
Week 3 (9/19) Todd France, Toledo (football)
Week 4 (9/26) Brian Godsey, MIA (cross country)
Week 5 (10/3) Brian Godsey, MIA (cross country)
Zac Derr, Akron (football)
Week 6 (10/10) Kevin Kornowa, Toledo (golf)
Week 7 (10/17) Kevin Kornowa, Toledo (golf)
Week 8 (10/24) rjan Bjnes, Akron (soccer)
Week 9 (10/31) Karoly Bozan, KSU (cross country)
Week 10 (11/7) Brian Potter, MIA (football)
Week 11 (11/14) Blake McDowell, EMU (cross country)