Bowling Green Sweeps MAC Scholar-Athlete Awards

Updated 3/20/2002

March 20, 2002

Bowling Green's Nicolas Lopez-Acevedo (tennis) Marny Oestreng (gymnastics) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on March 19, 2002.

Lopez-Acevedo (Jr., 3.73, biology, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) had a 4-1 record as the Falcons played three matches last week. He won his matches at No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles in a 6-1 road win over S.E. Louisiana. Lopez-Acevedo won at No. 3 singles, in a third-set tiebreaker at New Orleans. He lost at No. 3 singles, but teamed with senior Vitek Wild for a win at No. 1 doubles, at 62nd-ranked Michigan State. As a team, BG lost each of the last two matches by a 5-2 score, and the Falcons are now 9-7 in dual-match play. Lopez-Acevedo now has a 16-9 singles record this year, leading the Falcons in singles victories. In doubles, he is 12-7. His 28 total wins this year leads the team.

Oestreng (Sr., 3.02, management information systems, Trogsted, Norway) helped the Falcons cap one of the most successful regular seasons in school history with yet another win last week, a 194.925-194.275 triumph at Pittsburgh. BGSU finished the regular season with a 17-1 mark, setting a school record for wins in a season. The old record was 16, set by the 1978-79 team (16-2). At Pitt, Oestreng won the all-around with a score of 39.350, and also finished first in the vault (9.875) and the floor exercise (9.900). She placed third in the uneven bars (9.775). The Falcons finished regular-season action with a perfect 6-0 Mid-American Conference record for the first time in school history. BG now prepares for the MAC Championships, to be held Saturday at Ball State.

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: Kathleen Christian (swimming & diving, Jr., 3.79, exercise science, Tallmadge, Ohio) competed in the NCAA Zone C Diving Meet in West Lafayette, Ind. where she placed 17th out of 42 divers in the three-meter event and 25th out of 43 divers in the one-meter competition. Christian won the one-meter event at the MAC Championship earlier this year.

Central Michigan: Sarah Dame (gymnastics, Jr., 3.99, English, Maple City, Mich.) won the all-around in a dual meet win with Ball State. Her score was 39.200. She won the floor exercise with a career-high 9.90.

Miami: Angie Gerber (softball, Jr., 3.00, organizational leadership, LaSalle, Mich.) went 8-for-24 (.333) in Miami's nine games last week, the last seven of which came at the Pepsi Capital Classic in Sacramento, Calif, where she was named to the all-tournament team and helped lead the RedHawks into the semifinals. Her numbers at that tournament include a .316 batting average, two home runs, six RBIs and a .684 slugging percentage. In Miami's 5-4 loss to Kansas, she blasted a two-run homer in the fifth inning, breaking a 1-1 tie, and was 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the game. The next day against Virginia, Gerber's sixth-inning, two-run jack was the key blow in the RedHawks' 3-1 win.

Toledo: Breanne Hall (golf, So., 3.04, management, Kentwood, Mich.) finished in third place with a 36-hole total of 145 to help the Rockets to a fifth-place finish at the Snowbird Invitational in Tampa, Fla. Hall fired a 72 on the final 18, breaking her college low.

Male Nominees:

Akron: Craig Welch (baseball, Jr., 3.95, accounting, Hartville, Ohio) went 4-for-7 (.571) at the plate with a double and three runs scored in two games at UNC-Asheville last weekend. Akron dropped both games, 8-3 and 12-7. Welch raised his season batting average to .300.

Central Michigan: Scott Pickens (baseball, Sr., 3.23, math and language arts, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.) was four-of-six at the plate with three RBI in a doubleheader win against Oakland. He reached base six-of-eight times.

Western Michigan: Ryan Maarschalk (tennis, Jr., 3.91, biomedical studies, Harare, Zimbabwe) posted a 5-1 overall record in three matches last week. He beat Sebastian Lotz of Northwood 7-5, 6-3 on March 14. Maarschalk later teamed with Ravishankar Pathanjali to earn an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles against St. Bonaventure. He also won at No. 3 singles with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over the Bonnies' Mario Arce, who entered the match with a 13-1 overall singles record and was ranked No. 135 in the nation in singles play. Maarschalk took the No. 1 doubles match with Pathanjali, in an 8-5 win over Feri Kasiman and Justin Brtko of Buffalo. He beat Randy Rocchio 7-5, 6-4 at No. 2 singles. Maarshalk ranks second on the team in overall wins with 31.

Previous Winners:

Week 1 (Sept. 5) Amanda  Kulikowski, EMU (soccer)
Week 2 (Sept. 11) Katie  Kuzior, UA (volleyball)
Week 3 (Sept. 18) MAC competition cancelled
Week 4 (Sept. 25) Andrea  Kremer, MIA (cross country)
Week 5 (Oct. 2) Megan  Ramey, WMU (soccer)
Week 6 (Oct. 9) Jennifer  Eaton, MIA (volleyball)
Week 7 (Oct. 16) Frederika  Girsang, WMU (tennis)
Week 8 (Oct. 23) Allison  Campbell, CMU (soccer)
Week 9 (Oct. 30) Brianna  Shook, UT (cross country)
Week 10 (Nov. 6) Emily Nayes, MIA (swimming)
Week 11 (Nov. 13) Caty  Rommeck, BGSU (volleyball)
Week 12 (Nov. 20) Carmen  Malone, WMU (volleyball)
Week 13 (Nov. 27) Andrea  Kremer, MIA (cross country)
Week 14 (Dec. 4) Kate  Miller, KSU (basketball)
Week 15 (Dec. 11) Colleen  Day, MIA (basketball)
Week 16 (Jan. 8) Dru Bishop, EMU (basketball)
Week 17 (Jan. 15) Stefanie  Wenzel, BGSU (basketball)
Week 18 (Jan. 22) Teresa  Kahle, UT (basketball)
Week 19 (Jan. 29) Shani Charles, EMU (basketball)
Week 20 (Feb. 5) Maria Derezinski, CMU (track & field)
Week 21 (Feb. 12) Jessica Kochendorfer, UB  (basketball)
Week 22 (Feb. 19) Suzy Bozin, CMU (track & field)
Week 23 (Feb. 26) Maria Derezinski, CMU (track & field)
Week 24 (Mar. 5) Emily Nayes, MIA (swimming)
Week 25 (Mar. 12) Suzy Bozin, CMU (track & field)
Week 26 (Mar. 26) Marny Oestreng, BGSU (gymnastics)

Male Week 1 (Sept. 5) Zac Derr, UA (football) Week 2 (Sept. 11) Thomas Hammock, NIU (football) Week 3 (Sept. 18) MAC competition cancelled Week 4 (Sept. 25) Andy Avery, UB (football) Week 5 (Oct. 2) Brian Godsey, MIA (cross country) Week 6 (Oct. 9) Bill Norberg, UB (soccer) Week 7 (Oct. 16) Ben Roethlisberger, MIA (football) Week 8 (Oct. 23) Brian Hallett, KSU (football) Week 9 (Oct. 30) Rob Turner, CMU (football) Week 10 (Nov. 6) John Bartlet, EMU (swimming) Week 11 (Nov. 13) Brian Godsey, MIA (cross country) Week 12 (Nov. 20) Josh Harris, BGSU (football) Week 13 (Nov. 27) Chris Haneline, BGSU (football) Week 14 (Dec. 4) Todd France, UT (football) Week 15 (Dec. 11) Jared Opfer, KSU (wrestling) Week 16 (Jan. 8) David Webber, EMU (basketball) Week 17 (Jan. 15) Dale Cowper, WMU (track & field) Week 18 (Jan. 22) Steve Pettyjohn, EMU (basketball) Week 19 (Jan. 29) Zach Riley, BSU (track & field) Week 20 (Feb. 5) Brian Hallett, KSU (track & field) Week 21 (Feb. 12) Jeff Luhn, EMU (swimming) Week 22 (Feb. 19) Nick Moore, UT (basketball) Week 23 (Feb. 26) Brandon Pardon, BGSU (basketball) Week 24 (Mar. 5) J.R. VanHoose, MAR (basketball) Week 25 (Mar. 12) Jeff Luhn, EMU (swimming) Week 26 (Mar. 19) Nicolas Lopez-Acevedo, BGSU (tennis)