Entries tagged with ‘miac athlete of the week’
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).
Thomas Knobbe continued his red-hot start to the fall season with another great performance, another victory, and another MIAC weekly honor – his second in a row. The Gustie senior finished first in a field of 67 runners consisting of the Gustavus and Saint John's teams as well as Gustie alumni. He finished the 5k course in 15:53.2, and helped his team finish with a total of 21 points to defeat the Johnnies (44) and GAC Alumni Team (67). Knobbe won the race by nearly six seconds.
Gustavus (7-2) won four of its five matches last week behind a big-time performance from setter Nora Holtan (So., Rochester, Minn.), who was named to the Loras All-Tournament Team for her performance. The sophomore setter finished with 203 assists (9.67 per set) and added 29 kills (.311 hitting percentage) and 35 digs in the five matches. She had at least 31 assists in each match, including a career-high 52 assists in a 3-2 win over No. 13-ranked Carthage and a 49-assist, 14-kill performance in a 3-2 victory over Wartburg. The Gusties also defeated Martin Luther (3-0) and Loras (3-0) and dropped a narrow 3-2 decision to Cornell.
The Gustavus women's swimming and diving proved once again that it is one of the top college teams in the region regardless of division with a strong showing at the University of Minnesota's Minnesota Challenge. Sophomore standout Kate Reilly (Hastings, Minn. / Minnesota Virtual Academy) led the Gusties with seven top-10 finishes, including three strong individual performances and a quartet of outstanding relay finishes. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Reilly Tuesday with her second MIAC Women's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week award of the 2015-16 season.
Gustavus thrower Sarah Swanson (Fairbanks, Alaska) won not once, but twice, with a pair of spectacular performances last weekend at the St. Olaf Invite. The Gustie senior finished first in both her events - the shot put and weight throw - with distances that rank among the top two in the MIAC this season. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Swanson Wednesday with the MIAC Women's Indoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week award.