MIAA Athletes of the Week

MIAA Football Players of the Week

For the week of play ending Sept. 15

Alley Broussard, RB, Missouri Southern State University &
Caleb Farabi, TB, Pittsburg State University

Broussard, a 6-foot-1, 235-pound senior from Lafayette, La., rushed for 172 yards and four touchdowns in Southern's 31-28 loss to No. 6 Pittsburg State Saturday night (Sept. 15).

He had 24 carries as he accounted for all of MSSU's touchdowns on scoring runs of 67, 1, 2 and 2 yards. The last two came in the fourth quarter as the Lions' tried to rally for the win.

The 172 yards is his second-highest single-game rushing total, behind a 250-yard effort against Mississippi in 2004 as a sophomore at Louisiana State University.

Broussard is a graduate of Acadiana High School, and transferred to MSSU from LSU following his junior season.


Farabi, a 5-7, 178-pound junior from Pittsburg, Kan., had 179 rushing yards and two scores in the PSU win at Missouri Southern.

The 179 yards on 26 carries is a career-high (his third in three games), and Farabi added 43 yards on four catches to end up with 222 all-purpose yards -- also a career-best.

His scoring runs of 12 yards in the third quarter and 40 yards in the fourth gave the Gorillas 17-point leads on each occasion.

Farabi is a graduate of St. Mary's-Colgan High School.

Others Nominated: Jake Lebahn, WR, WU; Andrew Mead, WR, MWSU; Glenn Milner, RB, UCM; Joel Osborn, QB, NWMSU; Sean Partridge, WR, ESU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Mark Smith, QB, PSU; 9/3 -- Caleb Farabi, TB, PSU; 9/10 -- Matt Ticich, QB, TSU.

Emmanuel Howard, CB
Emporia State University

Howard, a 6-foot-1, 203-pound senior from Indianapolis, Ind., had two interceptions for the second time in as many games -- including his second for a touchdown in that span -- as the Hornets claimed a 35-28 win over Southwest Baptist Saturday (Sept. 15).

His 41-yard return for a TD in the second quarter gave ESU a 14-7 lead.
The other pick came with 2:41 to go in the game, on the Bearcats' first play from scrimmage after the Hornets took the lead for good. ESU held SBU to 99 second-half yards.

He had six tackles (four solo), and teamed with senior FS Jake Richter on a tackle for loss.

Howard, the 10th player in MIAA history with two TD returns on picks in a season, is a graduate of Den Davis High School and transferred to ESU from William Penn (Iowa) College after his freshman season.

Others Nominated: Jared Erspamer, LB, NWMSU; Seth Hane, LB, MWSU; Lavarus Rue, CB, SBU; Adrian Singletary, LB, UCM; Zach Watkins, LB, WU

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

Caleb Obert, KR/WR
Northwest Missouri State University

Obert, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior from Bethany, Mo., logged a 37-yard kickoff return for a touchdown as the No. 11 Bearcats defeated Missouri Western, 44-20.

He scooped up an onside kick by the Griffons and scored with 2:20 left in the game on what may be the shortest kickoff return TD in MIAA history, and the first for Northwest since the 2002 season.

Obert is a graduate of South Harrison High School.

Others Nominated: Jamie Hanson, P, MWSU; Jake Richter, KR/S, ESU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Bryan Haynes, KR, FHSU; 9/3 -- Jared Witter, K/P, PSU; 9/10 -- Marcelo Velazquez, K, UCM.

MIAA Volleyball Players of the Week

For the week of play ending Sept. 16

Tessa Jones, RH
Wahsburn University

Jones, a 6-foot-1 senior from Lee's Summit, Mo., scored 28 points as the No. 8 Lady Blues knocked off fifth-ranked Florida Southern in four games Friday night (Sept. 14) at Lee Arena.

She logged a season-high 24 kills, and added a service ace and six block assists against the Mocassins, hit .339 (24-3-62) for the match, and added14 digs and three assists.

Jones had eight kills in game one against FSC, and seven more in the fourth and final game.

In game two, she helped WU come back from a 26-19 deficit to get the win with three block assists and a kill as part of an 11-1 run.

Jones had 11 points (9 kills, 1 ace, 2 block assists) in a 3-0 win at Fort Hays State Wednesday (Sept. 12).

She is a graduate of Kansas City (Mo.)-Bishop O'Hara High School, and transferred to WU from the University of Kansas following her freshman season.

Others Nominated: Emily DeVore, OH, MWSU; Alicia Johnson, OH, NWMSU; Melissa Keck, RH, TSU; Jillian Ohrman, MH, UCM; Arica Shepard, OH, ESU; Laura Toman, OH/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.

Ting Liu, S
Emporia State University

Liu (pronounced loo), a 6-foot-1 freshman from Beijing, China, averaged 14.17 assists and averaged 3.0 points per game as the Lady Hornets posted two MIAA victories last week.

She hit .556 (6 kills, 1 error, 9 attempts) and dished out 41 assists in a 3-0 home sweep of Missouri Southern Wednesday (Sept. 12). She added 13 digs and 2 aces, as ESU hit .305 against the Lions.

Liu had 44 assists and five service aces in a 3-0 sweep at Fort Hays State Saturday (Sept. 15). She also contributed four kills, 3 digs and two block assists as the Hornets logged a .287 hitting percentage against the Tigers.

She is a graduate of Beijing Fifth Sport School.

Others Nominated: Madison Benton, S, MWSU; Whitney Boehler, L, TSU; Erica Cowhick, L, WU; Audrey Jensen, L, UCM; Ashlee Maple, L, PSU; Paige Spangenberg, L, MSSU.

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

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

For the week of play ending Sept. 16

Dominie Emmanuel, F
Southwest Baptist University

Emmanuel, a 5-foot-2 freshman from London, England, accounted for half of the Lady Bearcats' goals in a 2-0 weekend against MIAA foes.

She capped SBU's 3-0 win over Northwest Missouri State Friday (Sept. 14) with a carom off the post in the 63rd minute. It was the second of two goals in a 40-second span for the Lady 'Cats.

Emmanuel tallied the only goal of the game the next day for a 1-0 win over Truman. She chipped the ball over the goalkeeper's head in the 12th minute for the unassisted goal.

She is a graduate of Onslow St. Audrey School.

Others Nominated: Caitlin Keith, F, UCM; Jessica Mainz, F, WU; Jessica Martin, M, MWSU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Nikki Llewellyn, M, MSSU; 9/3 -- Carrie Twellman, M, UCM; 9/10 -- Jessica Mainz, F, WU.

Aline Lopes, GK
Southwest Baptist University

Lopes, a 5-foot-9 senior from São Paulo, Brazil, made six of nine saves in the second half to preserve a 1-0 win over Truman Saturday (Sept. 15).

She faced 11 shots in the second half, saving all six on goal. All totaled, Lopes faced 18 shots in posting her first shutout of the season, and sixth at SBU.

Against Northwest Missouri State the day prior, she made two saves in just less than 63 minutes of action as she and two others combined to blank the Bearcats, 3-0.

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 Milbourne, GK, MWSU; Amanda Olah. M, NWMSU.

Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Kaney Tyler, GK, MSSU; Kelsi Ginavan, B, UCM; 9/10 -- Emily Roark, GK, TSU.

MIAA Cross Country Runners of the Week

For the week of action ending Sept. 16

Michael Pierce
Southwest Baptist University

Pierce, a 5-foot-10, 130-pound junior from Gladstone., Mo., was the top Division II finisher at the Missouri Southern Stampede Saturday (Sept. 15).

He completed the 8-kilometer course in a time of 24 minutes, 44 seconds, the fastest time ever for an SBU runner on the MSSU course. He finished ninth overall in a field of 315 runners.

Pierce is a graduate of Kansas City (Mo.)-Oak Park High School.

Others Nominated: Ben Chappell, NWMSU; Skyler Delmott, ESU; Dustin Dixon, MSSU; Tim Testa, PSU.

Previous Winners: 9/10 -- Skyler Delmott, ESU.

Kimi Shank
Missouri Southern State University

Shank, a 5-foot-3 sophomore from St. James, Mo.,placed third at the Missouri Southern Stampede Saturday (Sept. 15).

She completed the 5-kilometer layout in a time of 17 minutes, 34 seconds, and finished only behind a pair of Division I runners.

Shank helped the Lions to a second-place finish in the team scoring out of 37 squads, bettered only by Division I Tulsa (Okla.).

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

Others Nominated: Anna O'Brien, NWMSU.

Previous Winners: 9/10 -- Jonel Rossbach, ESU.

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