BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for volleyball, soccer, golf and cross country on Tuesday. Student-athletes from Carleton, Concordia, Macalester, Saint Benedict, Saint Mary's and St. Thomas claimed the Conference's weekly honors for August 30-September 2, 2019.
The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated by the Conference's sports information directors and selected by MIAC staff. Throughout the fall season, team sports (football, soccer and volleyball) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (cross country and golf) announced on Tuesday afternoons. The winners of the latest Athlete of the Week awards are listed below, along with details on their outstanding performances.
To view each sport's 2019-20 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page or visit the 2019-20 Athlete of the Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.
Hunter Weiss helped lead Saint Benedict to a 3-1 opening weekend with double-digit kills in three of the team's four matches, including a 15-kill performance against No. 15-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor and a 12-kill showing in a close four-set loss to No. 17 Trinity. Weiss added 15 kills in a sweep of Neumann and nine more in the Bennies' win versus UM-Morris. The MIAC's leader in hitting percentage at .378, Weiss was named to the Trinity National Invite All-Tournament Team for her efforts.
Katie Koch racked up 30-plus assists in all four of Saint Ben's matches over the weekend, finishing with 145 total assists as the Bennies went 3-1 on their trip to Texas. Koch was particularly strong against top-flight competition, posting 41 assists and eight digs in a win over No. 15 Mary Hardin-Baylor and adding 43 assists and 15 digs in a four-set loss to No. 17 Trinity. Koch leads all MIAC setters with an average of 10.45 assists per set this season.
Cade Fink tallied 17 saves in a pair of shutout draws for Macalester over the weekend. The junior goalkeeper stopped all nine of No. 3-ranked Chicago's shots in the season opener on Friday and came back with an eight-save shutout against Washington-St. Louis on Sunday. Back in goal for the first time since a shutout of St. Olaf in October of 2017, Fink's 17 saves on the season lead all MIAC keepers.
Megan Thompson opened her junior season with a bang, totaling 11 points in two games to help Saint Benedict earn a pair of big wins over tough WIAC squads, including No. 17 UW-La Crosse. Thompson began the year with a hat trick - the second season-opening hat trick of her career - to lift CSB to a 3-2 overtime win over UW-Whitewater, and she added two goals and an assist to help the Bennies beat UW-La Crosse, 3-1, the following day. Thompson leads the league in both points and goals and has 11 shots on net in two games played.
Eric Wicklund finished among the top-25 runners at the NDSU Bison Invite over the weekend while racing against exclusively NCAA Division I competition. The Concordia senior ran a 19:33 over a challenging 6K course which is set to host the Summit League championships later this fall. Wicklund crossed the finish line before more than 45 scholarship athletes from North Dakota State, South Dakota State, South Dakota, and North Dakota.
Olivia Moll placed first out of 130 runners at Friday's Twin Cities Twilight meet in Blaine, Minn. The St. Thomas sophomore's time of 17:58 over the three-mile race gave her the first college cross country victory of her career and was 15 seconds ahead of teammate and race runner-up, Sara Ness. The Toms had seven of the first 11 finishers en route to winning the team crown.
Bryce Galewski teed off his senior season in style, claiming medalist honors at the Twin Ports Collegiate and leading the Cardinals to a second-place showing in the team standings. Galewski opened the 36-hole tournament with a three-over-par 74 and followed that up with a school-record six-under-par 65 for a 139 total and a nine-stroke victory over the next-closest competitor. Galewski's career-best 65 also propelled the Cardinals to a single-day school-record score of 280 in Saturday's final round, eclipsing the previous team best by 19 strokes.
Emmet Herb shot a career-best five-under-par 65 in last Friday's dual meet victory over Gustavus at the par-70 Le Sueur Country Club. Herb's mark - combined with a 65 from teammate Miles McCarthy - helped the Tommies total 274 on the day, good for the lowest numerical round in program history. It is the first time in at least 12 years that one MIAC team has had two five-under-par scores in the same tournament.
Miles McCarthy also posted a personal-best round of 65 against Gustavus on Friday. The junior's score helped the No. 22-ranked Tommies defeat the Gusties by a margin of 16 strokes in the season's opening tournament.
Alyssa Akiyama finished atop the leaderboard for the fifth time in her career as she posted a four-stroke margin of victory at the season-opening CSB Invite over the weekend. Akiyama followed up an opening-round 74 - which included five birdies - with a 77 on Sunday to pace the No. 8-ranked Knights.