Co-Female Scholar Athletes of the Week: April 2-8

Updated 4/16/2012
Co-Female Scholar Athletes of the Week:  Emily Reuland, Bowling Green, Tennis and Emma Kertesz, Toledo Outdoor Track and Field

Emily Reuland (#2/3 Singles, #1 Doubles, So., 3.93, exercise science) had a perfect 4-0 record in the Falcons’ two matches over the weekend. She won at both singles and doubles as BGSU lost a 5-2 decision on the road against three-time defending MAC regular-season champion and league-leading Miami on Friday, in a match that was much closer than the final score indicated. And, Reuland won twice in BGSU’s 6-1 victory at Ball State the following day.  At MU, Reuland teamed up with fellow sophomore Nikki Chiricosta for an 8-3 doubles win at the top flight, then defeated MU’s Christiana Raymond in three sets at the third singles flight.  At Ball State, Reuland and Chiricosta won an 8-1 decision at the number-one doubles flight, and Reuland moved up to the second flight in singles and topped the Cardinals’ Kristel Sanders by a 6-2, 6-2 result.  On the season, Reuland is now 20-8 in singles play and 21-7 in doubles.  She leads the Falcons in singles wins (20), doubles victories (21) and overall wins (41).  Reuland, 41-15 overall this season, has topped her win total for all of last year, when she went 40-21.  Her 2011-12 total of 41 combined wins ranks among the top-20 in school history, as does her total of 21 doubles victories.  Just a soph, she is only nine wins away from moving into the BGSU top-25 on the career overall wins list, with 81 victories as a Falcon to date.

Emma Kertesz (distance, Jr., 3.096, history) set a new all-time Mid-American Conference record in the 10,000-meters at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday, April 7. Kertesz’s time of 33:28.58 is also a USA Olympic Trials qualifying time for this summer's Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR and will also qualify her for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships First Round in Jacksonville, FL.

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 the week’s competition. The winners are selected by a group of the conference’s faculty athletic representatives.

Other Female Nominees:
Buffalo: Sammi Gallardo (softball, infielder, So., 3.655, undecided) batted .412 on the week (7-17).. Went 3-for-4 from the plate against Bowling Green on Sunday, including her first home run of the season. Gallardo finished with a slugging percentage of .882 as she added three doubles and triple. Five of her seven hits on the week were for extra bases.

Eastern Michigan: Beverly Elcock
(outdoor track and field, sprints, Sr., 3.0, language/international trade) had an extremely successful weekend at the 2012 Spartan Invitational. The Fort Wayne, Ind. native took top-spots in multiple events, including the 400-meter dash and the 4x400-meter relay. Elcock completed the 400-meter dash in 56.82, almost half a second faster than any other runner in the race. The senior was joined by fellow Eagles Shantavia Williams, Asia Rawls and ReJeana Margina to take the top-spot in the 4x400-meter relay after crossing the finish line 3:42.38.

Miami: Jessica Simpson
(softball, pitcher, Sr., 3.28, integrated english language arts education) was the star of the week as the RedHawks swept all four games against Akron and Ohio. She earned three victories to give her 85 for her career, which ties her for the MAC record in all-time career victories. Simpson allowed only three earned runs in 24.1 innings pitched for an ERA of 0.86. She struck out 31 batters, an average of 1.3 per inning. Simpson threw four-hit shutouts vs. Akron on Friday and Ohio on Saturday for her first two victories. After the RedHawks fell behind 3-0 in the first inning against the Bobcats on Sunday, she entered in relief and proceeded to battle Ohio for the next 10.1 innings to help lead the RedHawks to a marathon victory in 11 innings. Opponents only hit .202 against her during the weekend.

Northern Illinois: Dani Parrish
(softball, outfielder, Sr., 3.06, family consumer sciences) led the way for the Huskie offense with five hits as NIU posted a 3-1 mark this past weekend in Mid-American Conference softball. After splitting a doubleheader with Eastern Michigan, winning Game Two, the Huskies swept a weekend series with Central Michigan with Parrish delivering the game-winning two-run homer in Sunday’s, 4-2 victory. Parrish batted .500 on the week, well above her season average of .312, going 5-for-10 with two RBIs and a run scored. The Plainfield, Ind. native played in all four games, starting three, and led the team in slugging percentage (.800) and on-base percentage (.545). In NIU’s win over the Chippewas Sunday, Parrish was a perfect 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored.

Ohio: Kara Brinkmann
(golf, So., 3.77, management information systems) had a terrific weekend for the Ohio Women’s Golf team, finishing first on the squad at the 2012 Eastern Kentucky University Colonel Classic in Richmond, Ky. The sophomore tied for seventh overall in the field of 75, shooting a 229. Brinkmann’s score tied her career-best mark in a 54-hole tournament and her top-ten finish was the first of her career. She was a huge part of Ohio’s impressive sixth-place finish (of 13 teams) at the tournament.

Previous Female Winners
Week 1 (Sept. 9) Kristen Lynn, Toledo (soccer)
Week 2 (Sept. 16) Brigit Reder, BSU (soccer)
Week 3 (Sept. 23) Paige Roback, EMU (volleyball)
Week 4 (Sept. 30) Rachel Iaquaniello, EMU (volleyball) and Nicole Gyurgyik, Toledo (soccer)
Week 5 (Oct. 7) Brigit Reder, BSU (soccer)
Week 6 (Oct. 14) Skylar Chew, BSU (soccer) and Bailey Brandon, CMU (soccer)
Week 7 (Oct. 21) Toye Famodu, Ohio (soccer)
Week 8 (Oct. 28) Kristin Hoffman, NIU (volleyball)
Week 9 (Nov. 4) Carla Johl, KSU (field hockey)
Week 10 (Nov. 10) Maddy Eccleston, BGSU (tennis)
Week 11 (Nov. 17) Cassie Farrell, Miami (volleyball)
Week 12 (Nov. 26) Trisha Krewson, KSU (basketball)
Week 13 (Nov. 30) Juli Accurso, Ohio (cross country)
Week 14 (Dec. 7) Briana Emig, EMU (swimming & diving)
Week 15 (Dec. 14) Tenishia Benson, Ohio (basketball)
Week 16 (Dec. 22) Courtney Osborn, Miami (basketball)
Week 17 (Jan. 11) Emily Pifer, Ohio (track and field)
Week 18 (Jan. 18) Briana Emig, EMU (swimming & diving)
Week 19 (Jan. 25) Ariane Beaumont-Courteau, Akron (indoor track and field)
Week 20 (Feb. 1) Brittany Petzold, CMU (gymnastics)
Week 21 (Feb. 8) Holly Anderson, CMU (indoor track and field)
Week 22 (Feb. 15) Ariane Beaumont-Courteau, Akron (indoor track and field)
Week 23 (Feb. 22) Kristin Teubner, CMU (gymnastics)
Week 24 (Mar. 1) Valerie (Wert) Fraizer, Akron (indoor track and field)
Week 25 (Mar. 8) Taylor Ruper, Akron (basketball)
Week 26 (Mar. 15) Natachia Watkins, EMU (basketball)
Week 27 (Mar. 21) Jenna Ignowski, EMU (softball) and Jessica Simpson, Miami (softball)
Week 28 (Mar. 28) Tanya Rachan, NIU (gymnastics)
Week 29 (Apr. 4) Alison Mercado, BSU (softball)
Week 30 (Apr. 11) Emily Reuland, BGSU (tennis) and Emma Kertesz, Toledo (outdoor track and field)