Akrons Case & Toledos Harding Named MAC Scholar Athletes

Updated 9/7/2000
LEVELAND, OH - Akron's Ashlie Case (volleyball) and Toledo's Jim Harding (football) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on September 5, 2000.

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 Villanova.

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 representatives.

Female Nominees:
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 game.

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).

Male Nominees:

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)