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HCAC Players of the Week

September 5, 2012
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



Men's Cross Country - Kris Sandlin, Franklin College




Franklin College's Kris Sandlin (Scottsburg, Ind./H.S.) finished second
overall at the Sodexo  Grizzly Invitational at Johnson County Horse Park and
has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Cross
Country Runner of the Week.  Sandlin led the Grizzlies to a fourth place
team finish at the meet with a second place time of 26:54.86 on the 8K
course.


Women's Cross Country - Hillary Cain, Franklin College




Franklin College's Hillary Cain (Rushville, Ind./H.S.) started the season
with a first place finish at the Sodexo Grizzly Invitational and has been
named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Cross Country
Runner of the Week.  The sophomore covered the 5K course with a time of
18:53.04 and was the only competitor to finish under 19 minutes.  Franklin
placed fourth among seven schools in the season-opening event.


Football: Offense - James Clay, College of Mount St. Joseph




Mount St. Joseph running back James Clay (Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual)
scored four touchdowns in MSJ's 37-14 win over Wilmington (OH) Saturday and
has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Football Player
of the Week on offense.  The senior rushed for a total of 240 yards on 24
carries, averaging 10.0 yards per rush.  Clay had touchdown runs of one,
eight, two, and five yards with a long run of 57 yards.  Mount St. Joseph
(1-0, 0-0 HCAC) will return to the field on September 15 at Hanover College.


Football: Defense - Joe Maldonado, Bluffton University


Bluffton University linebacker Joe Maldonado (Dade City, Fla./Zephyrhills)
led the Beavers defense in a 20-0 win over Kenyon Saturday and has been
named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Football Player of the
Week on defense.  The senior paced the Bluffton defense with six tackles,
including three solo tackles, and two tackles for loss as BU posted its
first shutout since 2004.  Bluffton (1-0, 0-0 HCAC) will face No. 17 ranked
Baldwin-Wallace Saturday at 3:00 PM.

Football: Special Teams - Austin Sweeney, Bluffton University



Bluffton University's Austin Sweeney (Adrian, Mich./Whitmer) scored eight
points for the Beavers in a 20-0 win over Kenyon Saturday and has been named
the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Football Player of the Week on
special teams.  The junior kicker converted field goals from 25 and 27 yards
and added two extra points in the Beavers' season opening win.  Bluffton
(1-0, 0-0 HCAC) will face No. 17 ranked Baldwin-Wallace Saturday at 3:00 PM.


Women's Golf - Tiara Harris, Transylvania University


Transylvania University's Tiara Harris (Maysville, Ky./Mason Co.) tied for
medalist honors in last week's Transylvania Fall Invitational and has been
named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Golfer of the
Week.  The sophomore carded an 84 on the University Club of Kentucky's
Wildcat Course to tie for top honors.  The Pioneers finished second in the
three team event.


Women's Tennis - Allison Poston, Hanover College




Hanover College's Allison Poston (Attica, Ind./H.S.) posted a 2-1 record to
place fifth in the No. 6 singles flight at the DePauw Invitational and has
been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Tennis
Player of the Week.  The freshman fell to Kim Wasielewski from the
University of Indianapolis, 6-1, 6-0, in her first collegiate match, but
rebounded to defeat Transy's Caroline Tapscott, 8-5 and IU-Southeast's
Hailey Owen, 8-2.  Hanover (0-0, 0-0 HCAC) opens the conference schedule at
Manchester Saturday.


Men's Soccer - Kyle Smith, Transylvania University




Transylvania University's Kyle Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) scored three
goals over the weekend in a pair of Pioneer wins and has been named the
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week.
The junior forward scored two goals in a 5-0 win over Berea and added
another goal in TU's 2-1 win over Trine.  Transylvania (2-0, 0-0 HCAC)
returns to action Saturday at Thomas More.


Women's Soccer - Ryder Comstock, Earlham College




Earlham College senior forward Ryder Comstock (Yellow Springs, Ohio/H.S.)
led the Quakers to a pair of wins with three goals over the weekend and has
been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Soccer
Player of the Week.  The senior scored both EC goals in a 2-1 win over
Capital and added the first goal in a 3-1 win over Millikin.  Earlham (2-0,
0-0 HCAC) will face Ohio Northern and Baldwin-Wallace at the Wooster
Invitational this weekend.


Volleyball: Offense - Alicia Kalik, Defiance College




Defiance College's Alicia Kalik (South Lyon, Mich./H.S.) led the Yellow
Jackets to a 3-1 record at the Kalamazoo Invitational and has been named the
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week on
offense.  The sophomore setter recorded 35 assists, 11 digs, and three aces
against HCAC opponent Anderson in Friday's opener and added 19 assists in a
straight set win over Franklin. Kalik had a monster day two of the
tournament against Kalamazoo and Olivet.  In DC's five-set loss to
Kalamazoo, Kalik had 41 assists, the second highest total of her career,
seven kills, six digs and a block. The South Lyon native saved her best
performance for last against Olivet, narrowly missing a quadruple-double in
the stat line by posting 34 assists, 11 digs, 11 kills and nine blocks.
Defiance (3-1, 0-0 HCAC) will compete at the Rose-Hulman Invitational this
weekend.


Volleyball: Defense - Kate Dangel, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology




Rose-Hulman's Kate Dangel (Upper Arlington, Ohio/H.S.) led the Engineers to
a 4-0 mark at the Illinois College Invitational over the weekend and has
been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of
the Week on defense.  The junior led the team with 71 digs (5.07/set) to
earn a spot on the all-tournament team.  Rose-Hulman (4-0, 0-0 HCAC) will
face Greenville on Wednesday prior to hosting the Rose-Hulman Invitational
over the weekend.


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