The Saint Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced the winners of the Player of the Week for September 23rd. This week's student-athlete winners are Vickey Benhart, Corinne Coon, Jesse Edwards, Sarah Koestner, Ally Nikolaus, Jacob Stieb, Summer Switzer and Brian Woodward.
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
Jesse Edwards (Westminster College)
Edwards, a sophomore from Rogersville, Mo., put together his personal best performance this weekened as he competed in the Missouri Southern Invitational. Edwards finished the 8K course in a time of 26:42, shaving off a minute of his previous personal best time. Edwards finished just over a minute off the winner's time and helped his team to an 8th place finish in the 16 team field.
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
Sarah Koestner (Westminster College)
Koestner, a senior from Russellville, Mo., set a personal record this weekend; taking 27 seconds off her previous best. Koestner completed the 5K race in the Missouri Southern Invitational in a time of 18:58, finishing 20th individually and 52 seconds behind the leader.
MEN'S SOCCER - OFFENSIVE
Jacob Stieb (Webster University)
Stieb, a junior defender, provided the Gorloks with unexpected but needed offensive punch when he netted the game winning goal against Coe. In a scoreless game against Coe Stieb became the hero with a game-winning goal with just four minutes left in the second overtime period to help his team to their second consecutive 1-0 win. This marks the second time this season Stieb has earned Player of the Week honors; also earning Defensive Player for the week of Sept. 3rd.
MEN'S SOCCER - DEFENSIVE
Brian Woodward (Webster University)
Woodward, a junior goalkeeper, put in extra work this week allowing just three goals in 286 minutes of action over three games. He started the week with four saves against both Missouri Baptist and Augustana. Woodward then recorded five saves in a double overtime contest against Coe, extending his scoreless streak to 218 minutes. For the week Woodward finished with eight saves on 11 shots on goal while recording two shutouts.
WOMEN'S SOCCER - OFFENSIVE
Ally Nikolaus (Webster University)
Nikolaus, a senior midfielder, helped her team to a pair of wins on the week by playing a role in five of her team's goals. She notched two goals and an assist in a 5-0 win over Buena Vista and added two assists in a 7-2 win over Coe. On the week her two goals and three assists helped move her into 11th place on the school's all-time lists for both career goals and total points.
WOMEN'S SOCCER - DEFENSIVE
Vickey Benhart (Eureka College)
Benhart, a sophomore goalkeeper from Crystal Lake, Ill., guided the Red Devils to a pair of wins last week. She recorded four saves in a 2-1 win over Rockford and followed with a one save shutout performance against Robert Morris-Peoria before the game was called at the 70 minute mark. On the week she finished with five saves in 160 minutes of action with an .833 save percentage.
VOLLEYBALL - OFFENSIVE
Corinne Coon (Greenville College)
Coon, a senior opposite hitter from Warsaw, Ind., helped extend her team's winning streak to 10 matches with a perfect 3-0 record last week. Coon averaged 4.6 kills per set, hitting .290 with 46 kills in 10 sets. She added 29 digs and five total blocks on the week. Coon recorded double digits in kills in all three matches including an 18 kill match against conference foe Westminster. This marks the second time this season Coon has been named Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week, also earning honors for the week of Sept. 9th.
VOLLEYBALL - DEFENSIVE
Summer Switzer (Principia College)
Switzer, a junior libero from St. Louis, Mo., led her team's defense this week averaging 5.15 digs per set in three matches. She finished with 67 digs total, including a career high 37 digs against Rose-Hulman. Switzer followed with a 25 dig outing against Anderson. She also added four serice aces on the week.
- Dakota Flesner, Iowa Wesleyan College (Volleyball) Flesner finished with 46 kills in four matches including a 14 kill and 12 dig match against Monmouth and a 16 kill, 8 dig match against Eureka.
- Kayla Reeg, Westminster College (Volleyball) Reeg finished with 80 assists in three matches on the week including a 26 assist match against MacMurray and a 44 assist, 27 dig performance against Greenville.
- Jamie Schollenbruch, Greenville College (Volleyball) Schollenbruch recorded double digits in digs in all three matches including a 25 dig outing against Westminster.
- Caroline Will, Westminster Colelge (Volleyball) Will added a 23 dig performance against Greenville, including eight assists from her libero spot.