BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners in football, volleyball, and soccer on Monday. Student-athletes from Bethel, Carleton, Gustavus, Macalester and St. Olaf claimed the Conference's weekly honors for Oct. 9 – Oct. 15, 2017.
The winners of the latest Athlete of the Week awards are listed below, along with details on their award-winning performances. This week, Bethel and Carleton had a pair of student-athletes honored, while Gustavus, Macalester and St. Olaf each had one.
The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated and selected each week by the Conference's sports information directors. Throughout the fall season, team sports (football, volleyball and soccer) will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (cross country, swimming and diving) announced on Tuesday afternoons.
MIAC Football Offensive Player of the Week
St. Olaf College
So. – Running Back
Deltona, Fla. | Deltona
Sophomore running back Khayleb Willis rushed for 144 yards and a touchdown in St. Olaf's 22-20 victory over Augsburg on Saturday, with 136 of those yards coming on 23 first half carries. Willis has eclipsed the 140-yard mark on the ground in each of the last two weeks, leading to a pair of Conference victories for the Oles.
MIAC Football Defensive Player of the Week
Jr. – Defensive End
Cottage Grove, Minn. | East Ridge
Kyle Kilgore aided in Bethel's 24-3 victory at Gustavus on Saturday with 12 tackles and two sacks. Of those 12 tackles, nine were solo and five were for a loss. Kilgore leads the MIAC with 7.5 tackles for loss in Conference play this season.
MIAC Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Gustavus Adolphus College
Sr. – Linebacker/Punter
Mapleton, Minn. | Maple River
Senior co-captain Casey Decker booted six punts for a career-high total of 257 yards, averaging 42.8 yards per kick in Saturday's 24-3 loss to Bethel. Decker, who added five tackles on defense, also belted a season-long 57-yard punt in the game.
MIAC Volleyball Hitter of the Week
Sr. – Outside Hitter
Wausau, Wis. | Wausau East
Senior outside hitter Clara Baumann led the Scots with 51 kills in Macalester's three matches last week. She tied her season-high with 21 kills in a 3-2 victory over North Central (Minn.) on Saturday, a match in which she also tallied 23 digs – her second-highest single-match total of the year. Baumann ranks second among all MIAC competitors with 290 kills overall in 2017.
MIAC Volleyball Setter/Libero of the Week
Fy. – Setter
Moraga, Calif. | Campolindo
First-year Carleton setter Lauren Pak averaged 12 assists per set, the highest mark among all MIAC competitors last week. The Moraga, California native also posted career-best assist totals for four-set (44) and three-set (40) matches, helping the Knights to a 2-0 week.
MIAC Men's Soccer Athlete of the Week
Sr. – Goalkeeper
Anoka, Minn. | Totino Grace
With little margin for error, Brandon Hilliard came up with several huge saves to allow Carleton to post a pair of 1-0 victories last week. The senior goalkeeper collected five saves against St. Olaf on Wednesday, including two in the final 10 minutes of regulation to force overtime, and added four more against Augsburg on Saturday. He leads the MIAC with three shutouts in Conference play this season.
MIAC Women's Soccer Athlete of the Week
Jr. – Midfielder/Forward
Prior Lake, Minn. | Eagan
For the second consecutive week, a Royal has earned MIAC Women's Soccer Athlete of the Week honors, as Maggie Sipe's four goals and one assist helped guide Bethel to a 2-0-1 record over the last seven days. Sipe is tied for second among MIAC competitors with 24 total points on the season.