FARs Select Jessica Neel As Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week

Updated 3/22/2007

CLEVELAND, Ohio ? Central Michigan’s Jessica Neel (gymnastics) was named the MAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Week on March 22, 2007.

Neel (So., undeclared, 3.93, Fairborn, Ohio) scored a career-high 9.825 on the beam as CMU defeated Northern Illinois 193.500-192.175. It was the highest score for Neel in any event in her career. With the win, CMU improved its record in the Mid-American Conference to 4-1 and remained in the running to claim the top spot in the regular season standings and the first choice of competition order at the MAC Championships on March 31.

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 a group of the conference's faculty athletic representatives


Female Nominees:

Bowling Green: Allison Vallas (softball, first base, Jr., 3.93, physical education, Perrysburg, Ohio) batted .500 at the Speedline Tournament in Tampa, Fla. She was 1-for-4, driving in the first run of the game in a win over George Mason.  Vallas homered to open the scoring in BG's game versus Chattanooga, going 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in that victory. She also had two RBI in that game. Her two-out bunt single began a two-run rally that lifted BG to a 2-1 win over Florida International. Vallas scored the tying run in that game and was 2-for-2 with a homer and two runs scored in a 3-2 win over UNLV. The homer was her second of the tourney and the sixth of her career. On the weekend, Vallas was 7-for-14 at the plate.

Buffalo: Natalie Dean (tennis, Sr., 3.783, social sciences, Feilding, New Zealand) was undefeated as the Bulls won both their matches in Florida on the spring break trip. Dean went 2-0 in doubles play paired with Miglena Nenova at No. 2. She also picked up a three-set victory over Alba Passanisi of Hillsborough CC in UB's 5-2 win over the NJCAA national runners-up from last season.

Western Michigan: Carrie Jeanmaire (tennis, Sr., 3.66, nursing, Belvidere, Ill.) went 2-0 by winning her singles match and doubles match against No. 35 nationally-ranked Michigan. Jeanmaire upset the Wolverines’ No. 81 nationally-ranked singles competitor 7-6 (1), 7-5 and along with doubles partner Emily Dudzik defeated the No. 3 doubles team. Jeanmaire also moved up in the record book after her two-win performance into fifth place all-time at WMU with 183 career victories.


Previous  Winners       Female

Week 1 (Sept. 7)            Sarah Wilber, KSU (volleyball)

Week 2 (Sept. 14)          Katie Boyd, MIA (soccer)

Week 3 (Sept. 21)          Mary Veith, UB (cross country)

Week 4 (Sept. 28)          Amanda Rudert, CMU (cross country)

Week 5 (Oct. 5)             Stephany Fleet, EMU (golf)

Week 6 (Oct. 12)            Kallie Williams, EMU (cross country)

Week 7 (Oct. 19)            Chrissy Gothke, BGSU (volleyball)

Week 8 (Oct. 26)            Mary Ochmanek, CMU (volleyball)

Week 9 (Nov. 2)             Carime Reinhart, Ohio (cross country)

Week 10 (Nov. 9)           Rachelle Coetzee, Ohio (field hockey)

Week 11 (Nov. 16)         Shannon Strachan, UT (volleyball)

Week 12 (Nov. 22)         Carrie Moore, WMU (basketball)

Week 13 (Nov. 30)         Kelsey Corbin, BSU (basketball)

Week 14 (Dec. 7)           Madeleine Pilchard, EMU (swimming)

Week 15 (Dec. 14)         Jaclyn Leininger, MIA (basketball)

Week 16 (Jan. 4)            Sarah VanMetre, EMU (basketball)

Week 17 (Jan. 11)          Ali Mann, BGSU (basketball)

Week 18 (Jan. 18)          Carrie Moore, WMU (basketball)

Week 19 (Jan. 25)          Allison Steven, MIA (swimming)

Week 20 (Feb. 1)           Kristin Peoples, KSU (basketball)

Week 21 (Feb. 8)           Vanessa Frankowski, EMU (tennis)

Week 22 (Feb. 15)         Rachel Zubricky, UA (track & field)

Week 23 (Feb. 22)         Madeleine Pilchard, EMU (swimming)

                                    Jody Yednock, NIU (gymnastics)

Week 24 (Mar. 1)           Jennifer Sturgis, WMU (gymnastics)

Week 25 (Mar. 8)           Hayley Wiemer, BGSU (softball)

Week 26 (Mar. 15)         Ali Mann, BGSU (basketball)

Week 27 (Mar. 22)         Jessica Neel, CMU (gymnastics)