LEVELAND, OH - Akron's Ashlie Case (volleyball) and Toledo's Jim Harding
(football) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on September
Case (volleyball, So., 4.00, philosophy, Youngstown, Ohio) helped Akron
to a 2-1 record and earned a spot on the all-tournament team at the
Villanova Wildcat Invitational last weekend. She averaged 5.22 kills
per game and hit .371 and was named MAC Volleyball Co-Offensive Player
of the Week. Case recorded 20 kills and 13 digs in a three-game loss to
American and ended the weekend with a 17-kill performance in a win over
An offensive tackle, Harding (football, Sr., 3.16,
education/mathematics, Maumee, Ohio) helped Toledo gain 245 yards on the
ground, averaging 4.5 yards per carry in Toledo's 24-6 win over Penn
State. Harding's play helped Chester Taylor gain 141 yards on the ground
with only one carry for negative yardage.
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
Bowling Green: Erika Flanders (soccer, So., 3.53, art education, Mason,
Ohio) played every minute in the net as the Falcons got off to a 2-0
start on the year. She earned her first shutout of the season in the
season's opening match, a 2-0 win over St. Bonaventure. Flanders made
nine saves as BG posted a 3-2 overtime victory against Bucknell. She is
2-0 with 12 saves and a goals-against average of 0.98 on the season.
Buffalo: Larissa LaCour (volleyball, Jr., 3.16, management, West Islip,
N.Y.) led Buffalo to a second-place finish at the UB Invitational with
130 assists (9.29 per game), six service aces, 23 digs and 10 blocks in
three matches. She picked up a career-high 63 assists against
Bucknell. LaCour's 130 assists moved her into 10th place on UB's
all-time career assists list (462).
Central Michigan: Jenny Young (volleyball, So., 3.61, undecided,
Plymouth, Mich.) was named to the all-tournament team at the Brion's
Gill/Patriot Invitational, hosted by George Mason. She led CMU in kills
in all four matches, averaging 4.67 kills per game. She hit .392 and
averaged 0.58 blocks per game (seven total) as the Chippewas finished
the weekend 2-1. Young posted 22 kills in the opener against Fresno
State, 19 against Siena and 15 versus Western Carolina.
Kent State: Melissa Glyptis (soccer, So., 3.00, undecided, Manassas,
Va.) had eight saves in 75 minutes in a scoreless tie against Delaware
on Friday, Sept. 1. Glyptis recorded eight saves and earned the victory
in a 2-1 overtime win over Virginia Tech on Sunday, Sept. 3. She has a
0.35 goals-against average and 24 saves in 257 minutes of action.
Miami: Jennifer Eaton (volleyball, So., 3.71, exercise science,
Cincinnati, Ohio) led Miami in every match and was a unanimous choice
for the all-tournament team at the Miami-JustBalls.com Classic. The
RedHawks picked up a 2-1 record that included a come-from-behind 3-2 win
over Texas Christian and a 3-0 sweep of Denver. Eaton picked up 13
kills, three service aces and five blocks to help Miami return from a
0-2 deficit against TCU. Against Denver, Easton recorded a match-best
15 kills for an average 5.0 per game. She also recorded four blocks in
the win. Her 12 digs (4.0 per game) against Tennessee also led the
team. For the week, Eaton averaged a team-best 3.36 kills per game and
1.00 blocks per game. She ranks second in digs, averaging 2.00 per
Ohio: Michelle Gil (volleyball, So., 3.89, business, San Diego, Calif.)
recorded nine kills (three errors) in 25 attempts at IUPUI Invitational,
a .240 in assists with 98 (24.5 per match). She dished out 39 against
the host team. Gil recorded three aces and 10 digs for the weekend.
Toledo: Bitsy Mayhle (volleyball, So., 3.93, art/Pre-med, Houghton,
N.Y.) named to the all-tournament at Mark Twain Hotels Invitational in
Peoria, Ill. The Rockets posted a 2-1 record with wins over UWGB and
Memphis and a loss to host Bradley. Mayhle registered career-high 23
kills vs. Memphis en route to collecting a team-high 51 kills (5.1 per
game) and tying for team best with five aces in the tournament. She
also hit .333 and collected 25 digs on the weekend, both ranked second
on the team.
Western Michigan: Zakiya Pope (volleyball, Jr., 3.25, textile and
apparel studies, East Lansing, Mich.) played in all 13 games for the
Broncos at the Purdue Invitational. She scored 36 kills and hit a
team-best .369. Pope led the team in blocking with 14 (one solo, 13
assists) to help WMU to a 1-2 record with a win over Eastern Kentucky.
The Broncos lost to host Purdue (3-2) and Kansas (3-1).
Akron: Rich Reliford (football, Sr., 3.03, mechanical & polymer
engineering, Bolinbrook, Ohio) recorded seven tackles (six solo) and
forced a fumble against No. 11 Virginia Tech.
Bowling Green: Ricky Schneider (football, Sr., 3.13, interpersonal
communication, Amherst, Ohio) punted (for the first time since high
school--he's a fifth-year senior) nine times at Michigan for an average
of 40.0 yards and a long of 58 yards. He put three inside the
Wolverine's 20-yard line. Schneider was called upon for punting duty at
the last minute when Pat Fleming came down with the flu on Saturday
morning. BG's back-up quarterback, Schneider also completed two-of-six
passes for 24 yards and rushed twice for three yards.
Buffalo: Jay Page (soccer, Sr., 3.13, English, Spencerport, N.Y.)
scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 win over Central Connecticut
State, the Bulls' season opener.
Kent State: Zach Williams (football, Sr., 3.07, physical education,
Lisbon, Ohio) completed 18-of-31 passes for 205 yards in a 30-7 loss to
Pittsburgh. Williams made his debut as Kent State's starting
quarterback on Saturday. He led the Golden Flashes on an 11-play,
68-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter. He completed passes to
six different receivers in the game.
Miami: Andy Brumbergs (football, So., 3.79, accountancy, Solon, Ohio)
booted two field goals, as well as three extra points to help Miami
defeat SEC foe Vanderbilt (in Nashville) 33-30. One of Brumbergs' two
field goals was a career-long 47-yarder. With his two successful kicks,
he now has converted 11 of his last 12 field goal attempts (his miss
during the streak was a 55-yard attempt).
Ohio: Dave Zastudil (football, Jr., 3.04, marketing & finance, Bay
Village, Ohio) booted seven puts for 330 yards for an average of 47.1
against Iowa State. After a short punt in his first effort off a high
snap, Zastudil averaged 51.0 yards on his last six punts. He kicked one
inside the 20 and had two touchbacks. Zastudil currently ranks third in
the nation in punting.
Western Michigan: Paul Lambert (football, Sr., 3.25, marketing,
Montreal, Quebec) started the 20th football game of his career against
No. 4 Wisconsin on Thursday, Aug. 31. He helped the Broncos gain 242
yards of total offense against one of the nation's top defensive units,
giving quarterback Jeff Welsh time to complete 20-of-39 passes.
Lambert's effort helped WMU stay close throughout the game, keeping the
score to a 19-7 loss for the Broncos.
Previous Winners - Female
Week 1 (Sept. 5): Ashlie Case, Akron (volleyball)
Previous Winners - Male
Week 1 (Sept. 5): Jim Harding, Toledo (football)