MIAA Football Players of the Week

Xavier Omon, RB
Northwest Missouri State University

Omon, a 5-foot-11, 220-pound senior from Beatrice, Neb., logged the third-highest rushing total in Northwest history and scored five touchdowns, including the game-winner, in a 37-34 overtime win for the No. 9 Bearcats against No. 16 Pittsburg State Saturday (Oct. 6) in the Fall Classic at Arrowhead VI in Kansas City.

He had 274 yards on 30 carries, logging his second five-touchdown effort in three games. His third, a 10-yard run, and fourth, a 63-yard dash, brought the Bearcats from being down seven early in the fourth quarter to up seven with 7:36 remaining.

The final touchdown for the win in OT was a 1-yard leap after he'd missed a series in the extra session with cramps. He did convert a pair of fourth-and-1 plays into first downs in overtime -- which includes the game-winner.

Omon, now fourth on the MIAA's career scoring list with 464 points, is a graduate of Beatrice High School.

Others Nominated: Steve Gachette, QB, SBU; Glenn Milner, RB, UCM; Drew Newhart, QB, MWSU; 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; 10/1 -- Chadd Snyder, QB, PSU.

Jared Erspamer, LB
Northwest Missouri State University

Erspamer, a 6-foot-0, 235-pound senior from Omaha, Neb., logged a career-high mark for tackles in the No. 9 Bearcats' 37-34 overtime win over No. 16 Pittsburg State last Saturday (Oct. 6) in Kansas City, Mo.

He made 16 tackles (nine solos) in the game, reaching his previous best of 11 by halftime. Erspamer was credited with 1.5 tackles for loss -- one being on PSU backup QB Chadd Snyder on the Gorillas' overtime possession.

He also caused one of Pitt State's two turnovers when he forced starting QB Mark Smith to fumble in the third quarter. He also stopped Smith on a third-and-goal play from the Northwest 2, which forced PSU to try a second-quarter field goal.

Erspamer is a graduate of Millard South High School.

Others Nominated: Eric Lawrence, DE, WU; Jacob Schoonover, LB, MWSU; James Thabateau, 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; 10/1 -- Kendall Ricketts, FS, UCM.

Cary Williams, KR/DB/WR
Washburn University

Williams, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior from Miami, Fla., became just the second Ichabod and 14th player in MIAA history to record a 100-yard kickoff return in WU's 26-20 home win over Missouri Southern Saturday (Oct. 6).

The returned answered a score by the Lions which put Washburn in a 20-17 hole with less than three minutes left in the third quarter. He tied the school record with his second career kickoff return TD.

Williams amassed 226 all-purpose yards in the game -- 122 on two kickoff returns, 68 yards on his only reception of the game (which went for a touchdown), and 36 on a fourth-quarter interception in the end zone.

He is a graduate of Hollywood (Fla.)-Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory, and transferred to WU from Fordham (N.Y.) University following his sophomore season.

Others Nominated: Jamie Hanson, P, MWSU; Mickey Masucci, K/P, TSU.

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; 10/1 -- Sydney Brisbane, KR/WR, NWMSU & Jared Witter, K/P, PSU.

MIAA Volleyball Players of the Week

For the week of play ending Oct. 7

Jillian Ohrman, MH
University of Central Missouri

Ohrman, a 6-foot-0 senior from Independence, Mo., hit .437 (40 kills, 9 errors, 71 attempts) and had a career-high in kills as the No. 7 Jennies split a pair of matches last week.

She hit .467 with a career-high 27 kills (6 errors, 45 attempts) in a 3-2 home loss to No. 13 Pittsburg State Friday (Oct. 5). Ohrman ended up with 30.5 points, as she added a pair of block solos and three block assists against the Gorillas.

In a 3-0 sweep at Rockhurst (Mo.) Tuesday (Oct. 2), she hit .385 (13-3-26) and ended up with 16.5 points (13 kills, 1 block solo and 5 block assists).

Ohrman is a graduate of William Chrisman High School, and transferred to UCM from the University of Mississippi following her sophomore season.

Others Nominated: Alyssa Berg, MH, MWSU; Mandi Cox, MH, WU; Sarah Hoffmeister, OH, MSSU; Alicia Johnson, OH, NWMSU; Kellyn Thaut, OH, FHSU; Mary Walczuk, OH, ESU; Lisa Weber, MH, TSU; Sammie Williams, RH, PSU.

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; 9/24 -- Megan Koster, OH, ESU; 10/1 -- Monica Miesner, OH, WU.

Ashley Hill, L
Missouri Southern State University

Hill, a 5-foot-9 junior from Blue Springs, Mo., averaged 6.21 digs as she took over libero duties during the Southwestern Oklahoma State Tournament last weekend.

Normally an outside hitter, she became libero after starter Kari Hammerbacher was injured midway through the tournament's first match against Texas A&M-Commerce Friday (Oct. 5), a 3-2 Southern win.

Hill had 32 digs against A&M-Commerce and a reception percentage of 97.1. She had six kills before moving to libero in the match, and added five assists.

Against the host Bulldogs, she had 34 digs in a 3-1 MSSU win. Hill also dished out eight assists and had a service ace.

In a 3-2 loss Saturday (Oct. 6) to Cameron (Okla.), Hill had 21 digs and no reception errors on 25 attempts.

Hill is a graduate of Blue Springs 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; 10/1 -- Kate Hampson, S, WU.

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

For the week of play ending Oct. 7

Jessica Mainz, F
Washburn University

Mainz, a 5-foot-8 junior from Topeka, Kan., set the Washburn single-season record for goals when she hit the back of the net three times as the Lady Blues went 1-1 last week.

She tied the record of 13 (which she set as a freshman and equaled as a sophomore) by scoring both goals in Washburn's 2-0 home win over Emporia State. Mainz has 10 career goals against the Lady Hornets, and scored the deciding goal in each of WU's last six wins over ESU.

In a 2-1 loss to defending NCAA Division II champion Metropolitan (Colo.) State Sunday (Oct. 7) in Omaha, Neb., Mainz scored in the third minute to give the Lady Blues the early advantage and break the school's season goal-scoring record.

Mainz, who is now third on the MIAA career goals list (40) and fourth in career points (93), is a graduate of Tecumseh (Kan.)-Shawnee Heights High School.

Others Nominated: Isabel Gaeta, M, TSU; Melanie Hall, F, UCM; Atefeh Heivary, M/F, SBU.

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; 10/1 -- Nikki Llewellyn, M, MSSU.

Lisa Senkle, GK
Missouri Southern State University

Senkle, a 5-foot-11 junior from Tracy, Calif., went more than 180 minutes in her first two collegiate starts for the Lions without allowing a goal, posting a 1-1 record last week.

She stopped two shots in getting a home shutout over Northeastern (Okla.) State, 5-0, Wednesday (Oct. 3).

Senkle made seven saves before allowing SBU's Atefeh Heivary to score in the 98th minute of a 1-0 overtime home loss Friday (Oct. 5). She faced 11 shots in the match.

She is a graduate of Merrill F. West High School, and transferred to MSSU from California State University-Los Angeles following her freshman season.

Others Nominated: Kelsi Ginavan, B, UCM; Aline Lopes, GK, SBU; Amanda Olah, M, NWMSU; 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; 10/1 -- Aline Lopes, GK, SBU.

MIAA Cross Country Runners of the Week

For the week of action ending Oct. 7

Ben Chappell
Northwest Missouri State University

Chappell, a 5-foot-9, 135-pound sophomore from St. Joseph, Mo., shaved 40 seconds off of his season-best time at the Christian Brothers (Tenn.) Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic Saturday (Oct. 6).

He completed the 8-kilometer course in 25 minutes, 54.51 seconds, placing 44th overall (32nd among collegiate runners, 11th among non-Division I/unattached competitors).

Northwest was 16th out of 42 teams in the field -- seventh among the non-Division I schools.

Chappell is a graduate of South Eugene (Ore.) High School, and transferred to Northwest from West Valley (Calif.) College after his freshman season.

Others Nominated: Aaron Davidson, FHSU; Dustin Dixon, MSSU; Michael Pierce, SBU.

Previous Winners: 9/10 -- Skyler Delmott, ESU; 9/17 -- Michael Pierce, SBU; 9/24 -- no nominees; 10/1 -- Skyler Delmott, ESU.

Kimi Shank
Missouri Southern State University

Shank, a 5-foot-3 sophomore from St. James, Mo.,won for the second time in as many races and led the Lions to the team title at the Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Border Wars Invitational Saturday (Oct. 6).

She earned the title with a 5-kilometer time of 18 minutes, 19.06 seconds -- better than 11 seconds ahead of her nearest comptition.

The Lions won their second team title in as many weeks by 31 points over DePauw (Ind.).

Shank is a graduate of Rolla (Mo.) High School.

Others Nominated: Danna Kelly, TSU; Anna O'Brien, NWMSU; Ashlee Orr, FHSU.

Previous Winners: 9/10 -- Jonel Rossbach, ESU; 9/17 -- Kimi Shank, MSSU; 9/24 -- no nominees; 10/1 -- Jonel Rossbach, ESU.

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