MIAA Athletes of the Week

For immediate release, Oct. 1, 2007
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MIAA Football Players of the Week

OFFENSE:
Chadd Snyder, QB
Pittsburg State University

Snyder, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound sophomore from Carl Junction, Mo., had 259 yards of total offense after coming in at halftime and had a hand in three touchdowns to rally the No. 19 Gorillas to 38-31 double-overtime win at Central Missouri Saturday (Sept. 29).

Subbing for injured starter Mark Smith, he tied the game at 14-14 with an 18-yard TD pass to Martin Burke capping his first drive of the game.

Snyder scored on a 1-yard run with 5:08 left in regulation to give PSU a 21-17 lead, setting up the TD with a 49-yard completion to Nate Thomas. He went 4-of-4 for 48 yards passing and ran for 7 more yards on the drive to set up the game-tying field goal.

In the first overtime, he scrambled to score on a fourth-and-goal play from 6 yards out to extend the game to a second extra session. He gained 15 yards on the first two plays of the next OT to set up Caleb Farabi's go-ahead TD.

Snyder, listed third on PSU depth chart entering the game, is a graduate of Carl Junction High School.

Others Nominated: Adam Hinspeter, QB, MSSU; Josh Mathews, QB, NWMSU; Glenn Milner, RB, UCM; Ra'Shawn Mosley, RB, WU; Matt Ticich, QB, TSU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Mark Smith, QB, PSU; 9/3 -- Caleb Farabi, TB, PSU; 9/10 -- Matt Ticich, QB, TSU; 9/17 -- Alley Broussard, RB, MSSU & Caleb Farabi, TB, PSU; 9/24 -- Xavier Omon, RB, NWMSU.

DEFENSE:
Kendall Ricketts, FS
University of Central Missouri

Ricketts, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound senior from Raytown, Mo.., equalled the UCM record for tackles by a defensive back in the Mules' 38-31 double-overtime loss to No. 19 Pittsburg State Saturday (Sept. 29).

He accounted for 20 tackles, six being solos and he also assisted a teammate on a tackle for loss. Ricketts also forced a PSU fumble recovered by UCM with less than four minutes left in regulation and the Mules leading, 24-21.

The 20 stops is a career high, and matches the school mark for DBs set by Clint Steiner in 2000.

Ricketts is a graduate of Raytown South High School.

Others Nominated: Robert Bishop, LB, MWSU; Myles Burnsides, S, NWMSU; Jeremy Jackson, LB, PSU; Jerod Tetuan, FS, WU; James Thabbateau, DB, TSU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Garret Feig, DB, TSU; 9/3 -- Zach Watkins, ILB, WU; 9/10 -- Emmanuel Howard, CB, ESU; 9/17 -- Emmanuel Howard, CB, ESU; 9/24 -- Jared Brawner, LB, MSSU.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Sydney Brisbane, KR/WR, Northwest Missouri State University &
Jared Witter, K/P, Pittsburg State University

Brisbane, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound sophomore from Maryville, Mo., returned his first collegiate punt 54 yards for a TD in No. 10 Northwest's 86-13 home win over Southwest Baptist Saturday night (Sept. 29).

It marked the second time in as many weeks the Bearcats had returned a put for six points. He also added a 22-yard kickoff return on the night.

Brisbane is a graduate of Maryville High School.

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Witter, a 6-3, 200-pound freshman from Lenexa, Kan., kicked the game-tying field goal as regulation time expired in the No. 10 Gorillas' 38-31 double-overtime victory at Central Missouri Saturday (Sept. 29).

After just missing a 44-yard field goal try into the wind to end the third quarter, he connected on a 25-yard attempt to end the fourth quarter. Witter waited through a pair of timeouts by UCM before making the kick,

He also averaged 44 yards on four punts, made all five point-after tries and averaged 65 yards on four kickoffs with one touchback.

Witter is a graduate of Overland Park (Kan.)-Shawnee Mission West High School.

Others Nominated: Cedric Houston, KR/WR, MWSU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Bryan Haynes, KR, FHSU; 9/3 -- Jared Witter, K/P, PSU; 9/10 -- Marcelo Velazquez, K, UCM; 9/17 -- Caleb Obert, KR/WR, NWMSU; 9/24 -- Kendall Wright, KR/WR, NWMSU.

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MIAA Volleyball Players of the Week

For the week of play ending Sept. 30

HITTER:
Monica Miesner, OH
Washburn University

Miesner (pronounced MEE-sner), a 5-foot-11 junior from Florissant, Mo., averaged 6.50 points per game and hit .318 (48 kills, 14 errors, 107 attempts) as the No. 7 Lady Blues claimed two MIAA wins last week.

She tied a school rally-scoring era single -match record with 28 kills as she hit .426 (28-5-54) in a 3-1 home win over Northwest Missouri State Saturday (Sept. 29).

Miesner also added three aces and four block assists to tally 33 points, and also had 13 digs and two assists.

In a 3-2 home victory over No. 23 Emporia State Wednesday (Sept. 26), she had 20 kills and 20 digs, along with one ace, two block solos and five block assists 25.5 points.

Miesner is a graduate of St. Louis (Mo.)-Trinity Catholic High School.

Others Nominated: Pamela Cartagena, OH, PSU; Emiley DeVore, OH, MWSU; Rachel Fister, OH, UCM; Alicia Johnson, OH, NWMSU; Eli Medina, OH, TSU; Brittney Miller, RH, ESU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Pamela Cartagena, OH, PSU & Melissa Keck, RH, TSU; 9/3 -- Jillian Ohrman, OH, UCM; 9/10 -- Leanna Roberts, MH, FHSU; 9/17 -- Tessa Jones, RH, WU; 10/24 -- Megan Koster, OH, ESU.

SPECIALIST:
Kate Hampson, S
Washburn University

Hampson, a 5-foot-7 sophomore from Fort Collins, Colo., averaged 14.33 assists in helping seventh-ranked Washburn to two home conference wins last week.

She tallied a career-high 67 assists to go with eight digs, five kills and three block assists in the Lady Blues' 3-2 win over No. 23 Emporia State Wednesday (Sept. 26). Hampson also had an ace and served at 92.3 percent efficiency.

In WU's 3-1 home win over Northwest Missouri State Saturday (Sept. 29), Hampson dished out 62 assists as the Lady Blues hit .324 against the Bearcats. She also added an ace, two kills, a block assist and six digs.

It was her sixth consecutive match surpassing 50 assists.

Hampson is a graduate of Rocky Mountain High School.

Others Nominated: Madison Benton, S, MWSU; Whitney Boehler, L, TSU; Chelsea Kenney, S, SBU; Ting Liu, S, ESU; Ashlee Maple, L, PSU; Caitlin Pankratz, S, UCM; Paige Spangenberg, L, NWMSU; Katie Swenson, S, NWMSU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Audrey Jensen, L, UCM; 9/3 -- Ashlee Maple, L, PSU; 9/10 -- Kate Hampson, S, WU; 9/17 -- Ting Liu, S, ESU; 9/24 -- Ting Liu, S, ESU.

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Brine®/MIAA Women's Soccer Players of the Week

For the week of play ending Sept. 30

OFFENSIVE:
Nikki Llewellyn, M
Missouri Southern State University

Llewellyn, a 5-foot-7 junior from O'Fallon, Mo., was involved in three of the Lions' four goals on the weekend as they posted a win and a draw in two road conference matches last week.

She scored Southern's first goal in the 10th minute against Emporia State Thursday (Sept. 27), and assisted on the go-ahead marker by Lindsay Altman in the 30th minute of a 3-1 win.

Llewellyn cracked the MIAA's career scoring top 10 list with her goal in the 84th minute to secure a 1-1 tie at Washburn Friday (Sept. 28). She now has 67 points on 29 goals and nine assists, passing Missouri-Rolla's Lizz Szkrybalo (1999-2000 -- 66 pts.) for 10th.

Llewellyn, now alone in eight on the MIAA's career goals list, is a graduate of Francis Howell High School.

Others Nominated: Katie Buning, M, TSU; Hazel Cox, F, UCM; Marti Trummer, B, NWMSU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Nikki Llewellyn, M, MSSU; 9/3 -- Carrie Twellman, M, UCM; 9/10 -- Jessica Mainz, F, WU; 9/17 -- Dominie Emmanuel, F, SBU; 9/24 -- Amanda Deml, F, NWMSU.

DEFENSIVE:
Aline Lopes, GK
Southwest Baptist University

Lopes, a 5-foot-9 senior from São Paulo, Brazil, posted a 1-0-1 record with a 0.45 goals against average in two MIAA road matches last week for the Lady Bearcats.

She faced 19 shots at Washburn Thursday (Sept. 27) in a 0-0 draw, and made eight saves. Two saves came in the second overtime to preserve the shutout, her second of the year.

Lopes allowed a goal on seven shots and made one save in a 2-1 win at Emporia State Friday (Sept. 28).

Lopes is a graduate of Elvira Depardo Mea Murado, and transferred to SBU from Lassen (Calif.) Community College.

Others Nominated: Elizabeth Casey, GK, UCM; Shaylynn Milbourn, GK, MWSU; Jenny Persons, GK, WU; Emily Roark, GK, TSU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Kaney Tyler, GK, MSSU; Kelsi Ginavan, B, UCM; 9/10 -- Emily Roark, GK, TSU; 9/17 -- Aline Lopes, GK, SBU; 9/24 -- Emily Newsham, B, TSU.

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MIAA Cross Country Runners of the Week

For the week of action ending Sept. 30

MEN:
Skyler Delmott
Emporia State University

Delmott, a 5-foot-10, 145-pound sophomore from Emporia, Kan., led the Hornets to the team title with his win at the ESU/Jock's Nitch Invitational Friday night (Sept. 28).

He completed the 8-kilometer course in 25 minutes, 20 seconds, nine seconds faster than his previous best at the distance. Delmott won the race by 22 seconds.

He is a graduate of Emporia High School.

Others Nominated: Adam Akers, UCM; Ben Chappell, NWMSU; Michael Pierce, SBU.

Previous Winners: 9/10 -- Skyler Delmott, ESU; 9/17 -- Michael Pierce, SBU; 9/24 -- no nominees.

WOMEN:
Jonel Rossbach
Emporia State University

Rossbach, a 5-foot-8 senior from Omaha, Neb.,won the ESU Jock's Nitch Invitational in record time Friday night (Sept. 28).

She became the first woman to run the Jones Park course in less than 17 minutes, clocking in at 16:55 for the 5,000-meter run.

Rossbach shaved 27 seconds off the previous course mark, and bettered the collegiate best at Jones Park by 51 seconds.

The 2006 MIAA champion, Rossbach is a graduate of Burke High School.

Others Nominated: Courtney Ayers, SBU; Brittney Graff, PSU; Kimi Shank, MSSU;Anna O'Brien, NWMSU.

Previous Winners: 9/10 -- Jonel Rossbach, ESU; 9/17 -- Kimi Shank, MSSU; 9/24 -- no nominees.

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