Entries tagged with ‘miac athlete of the week’
Swimmer Tanner Sonnek had an outstanding performance to lead his team to victory at the Gusties' home Grace Goblirsch Invitational and earn MIAC Men's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week honors. Sonnek won both of his individual events, racing to victory in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:10.75 and the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:01.56. His two first-place finishes helped Gustavus rack up 1,321 total points to win by a wide margin. This season, Sonnek ranks first in the MIAC in the 200-breast by more than four seconds with his season-best time of 2:09.69, and his 500-free time from Saturday is the ninth-fasted in the MIAC this season.
Gustavus sophomore defensive back Jordan Kahlow provided the spark that pulled the Gusties away for good in Saturday's 38-21 win at Carleton. With the score 24-21 in favor of Gustavus midway through the fourth quarter and the Knights driving into Gustavus territory, Kahlow intercepted a pass at midfield and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown. Kahlow finished the game with the pick-six and four tackles. He finished the season with two interceptions returned for touchdowns and his 96 interception return yards are the most in the MIAC. He also ranked second on the team with 50 tackles and had four pass breakups.
Casey Decker had a productive day punting the ball against the No. 4-ranked Tommies. Decker had six punts for 235 yards, averaging 39.2 yards per punt. He also landed a season-long 57-yard punt inside the 20-yard line. Decker's punting was crucial in the field position game as he gave the Tommies a long field to work with after each kick. Two of his punts were not returned, while the other four were returned for an average of only 2.8 yards. This season, Decker has punted 39 times for a total of 1,396 yards, and his average of 35.8 yards per punt ranks third in the MIAC. He has five punts inside the 20, nine fair catches and two touchbacks.
Gustavus star setter Nora Holtan (So., Rochester, Minn.) completed her spectacular regular season by winning her fourth MIAC Setter/Libero-of-the-Week award of the fall. She led her team to a 3-0 win over Hamline and a narrow 3-2 loss to Saint Mary's with 84 assists (10.50 per set), 26 digs, nine kills and three blocks. She had 30 assists, 10 digs, six kills and two blocks against the Pipers, and 54 assists, 16 digs, three kills and a block in a thriller against the Cardinals. Holtan's 9.87 assists-per-set leads the MIAC, and she's the only MIAC setter with more than 1,000 assists (1,115).
Junior forward Hannah Sturtz played a key part in Gustavus' two victories last week as she registered one goal and two assists for a big four-point week. Sturtz tallied the game-winning assist in a 2-1 win over UW-Stout, and then followed that performance with a goal and assist in a 4-2 victory at St. Catherine. Her assist against the Wildcats set up the game winning goal in the 70th minute, and her goal in the 77th minute – a kick to the high corner over the goalkeeper – provided some insurance in a key MIAC victory. Gustavus improved to 9-5-2 overall and 5-4 in the MIAC with the two big wins.
Gustavus sophomore defensive specialist Brittany Luethmers (Prior Lake, Minn.) has been a constant on the back line for the Gusties all season long, and that trend continued last week. The sophomore libero averaged 4.86 digs per set (68 total digs) in three matches, while reaching the 1,000-dig mark in her young career with 27 digs in a five-set, come-from-behind victory over Concordia (3-2). She also had 25 digs and 11 assists in a 3-2 win over Buena Vista and 16 digs in a 3-1 MIAC win over Saint Benedict. Luethmers is just the eighth Gustie to record 1,000 digs, and isn't even to the halfway point of her college career.
Goalkeeper Matt Bateman (So., Savage, Minn.) and the Gustavus men's soccer team (3-7-1, 2-2-1, 7 points) posted two-straight 1-0 shutouts last week to gain valuable points in the MIAC standings. For the week, the sophomore logged 191:55 in goal with a total of 14 saves and no goals allowed, with a perfect 1.000 save percentage and a 0.00 goals against average. On Tuesday the Gusties defeated Saint Mary's 1-0 in double overtime as Bateman logged 101:55 in goal with seven saves and no goals allowed. Bateman followed that performance with another shutout in a 1-0 win over Carleton on Saturday as part of Gustavus's Homecoming celebration.
Gustavus setter Nora Holtan (So., Rochester, Minn.) had another stellar week to earn her third MIAC Volleyball Setter/Libero-of-the-Week award in the season's first five weeks. The sophomore, who also won the honor on Sept. 12 and 19, had 100 assists (12.5 per set), 28 digs, 17 kills and three aces as the Gusties (13-3, 4-1 MIAC) went 1-1 against two of the conference's top teams. Thursday Holtan had 52 assists, 12 digs, seven kills and two aces in a 3-1 loss to Augsburg, then led her team to a 3-1 win over St. Thomas Saturday with a triple-double of 48 assists, 16 digs, 10 kills and an ace.
Gustavus men's golfer Chris Captain (Jr., Rochester, Minn.) rose to the occasion while competing against some of the nation's best with his top-five individual finish at the NCAA DIII Fall Preview in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. Captain finished the three-day, 54-hole meet just one-over par, with a three-day total of 217 to sit alone in fifth place. He started with a plus-three 75, and then played spectacularly over the final two rounds with a two-under 70 on Monday and an even-par 72 to close out the round on Sunday. Captain was the top MIAC finisher in the 92-player field, and he helped Gustavus finish in a tie for 13th place as a team.
Nora Holtan (So., Rochester, Minn.) earned her second-straight MIAC Volleyball Setter/Libero-of-the-Week award as she led the Gusties to a 3-0 mark last week with 120 assists (10.00 per set), 26 digs and 22 kills. Holtan had a career night in the team's 3-2 upset of No. 12 Bethel to open MIAC play. The sophomore recorded an impressive triple-double with 55 assists (11.00 per set), had 16 kills with no errors (.593), and 22 digs, all career-highs for Holtan. She went on to add 65 assists over the weekend in a 3-0 win over Lakeland and a 3-1 win over Dominican to help her team improve to 10-2 this season (1-0 MIAC).