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HCAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

September 17, 2013
Earlham College Broadcast Sports



Men's Cross Country - Curtis Nordmann, Manchester University
Manchester University's Curtis Nordmann (Bourbon, Ind./H.S.) was the top HCAC finisher at the Calvin Invitational Saturday and has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week.  The senior placed 10th at the highly competitive meet with a time of 25:21.7 on the 8K course. The effort was a top-five 8K time in Manchester school history and was also a new career best for Nordmann.  The No. 29 ranked Spartans placed fourth at the meet.

Women's Cross Country - Mariah Jordan, Manchester University
Manchester University's Mariah Jordan (Ft. Wayne, Ind./Homestead) was the top conference runner at the loaded Calvin Invitational Saturday and has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week. The freshman placed 32nd in the individual standings with a 5K time of 19:00.3, leading the Spartans to a 13th place finish.

Football: Offense - Kyle Linville, Franklin College
Franklin College wide receiver Kyle Linville (Speedway, Ind./H.S.) became FC's career receptions leader in a 31-28 loss to Butler Saturday and has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Football Player of the Week on offense. The senior hauled in 13 receptions for 154 yards and a touchdown against the Division I Bulldogs.  Linville's touchdown tied the game at 21 midway through the fourth quarter.  The Speedway, Indiana native has now tallied 216 catches in his career and holds every Franklin career receiving school record.  No. 13 Franklin (0-2, 0-0 HCAC) will open the conference schedule at home against Manchester Saturday.

Football: Defense - Josh Sonneberger, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman defensive lineman Josh Sonneberger (Edon, Ohio/H.S.) led the Engineers' defense in Saturday's 27-17 loss to Centre and has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Football Player of the Week on defense.  The junior totaled nine tackles, one forced fumble, 1.5 tackles for loss, and a half sack in the loss.  Rose-Hulman (0-2, 0-0 HCAC) will remain home to face Defiance in the HCAC opener Saturday afternoon.

Football: Special Teams - Zack Corpe, Franklin College
Franklin College's Zack Corpe (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) returned a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown in FC's 31-28 loss to Butler Saturday and has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Football Player of the Week on special teams.  The senior had four returns for 166 yards, including an 88-yard kickoff return for a score late in Saturday's loss.  The touchdown cut the deficit to 31-28 and gave the Grizzlies a chance to recover an onside kick.  No. 13 Franklin (0-2, 0-0 HCAC) will open the conference schedule at home against Manchester Saturday.

Women's Golf - Brooke McKay, Hanover College Hanover College's Brooke McKay (Carmel, Ind./H.S.) earned medalist honors and led the Panthers' women's golf team to the championship at the Manchester Invitational and has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Golfer of the Week for the third time.  The junior carded a round of 80 at the 18-hole event. McKay placed first for her second straight match to spur Hanover to its second team crown this fall.

Men's Golf - Clay Hinton, Transylvania University Transylvania University's Clay Hinton (Elizabethtown, Ky./H.S.) fired a one under par 71 on the first day of the Rhodes Classic Sunday and has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Golfer of the Week.  The senior is currently tied for fifth among the field of 105 golfers after his opening round 71. The final round of the event will be held today.

Women's Tennis - Laila El Dessouki, Transylvania University
Transylvania University's Laila El Dessouki (Cairo, Egypt/German School of Cairo) finished the week 4-0 as the Pioneers opened the 2013 season 2-0 and has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week.  The freshman earned a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles and an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles in TU's 6-3 win over Manchester.  In Monday's 8-1 win at Thomas More, El Dessouki won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles and earned an 8-1 triumph at the top doubles position. Transylvania (2-0, 1-0 HCAC) is scheduled to face Franklin and Rose-Hulman this week.

Men's Soccer - Antonio Gioe, Franklin College
Franklin College's Antonio Gioe (Martinsville, Ind./Mooresville) led the Grizzlies to wins over Wabash and MacMurray and has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week.  The freshman forward scored two goals in FC's 3-2 overtime win over Wabash Wednesday, scoring the tying and game-winning goals in the process.  Gioe added an assist in a 5-1 road victory over MacMurray on Saturday.  Franklin (2-3-1, 0-0 HCAC) will travel to Case Western Reserve on Saturday afternoon.

Women's Soccer - Vanessa Benham, Franklin College
Franklin College senior forward Vanessa Benham (Needham, Ind./Franklin) carried the Grizzlies' offensive attack in two victories last week and has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week.   Benham registered a hat trick in Sunday's 6-0 win over Oberlin, while adding one goal and two assists in a 6-0 win over MacMurray Saturday afternoon.  The senior leads the team with seven goals, matching her total from a year ago.  Franklin (3-2, 0-0 HCAC) is scheduled to face DePauw and Wilmington this week.

Volleyball: Offense - Alicia Kalik, Defiance College
Defiance College's Alicia Kalik (South Lyon, Mich./H.S.) led the Jackets to a 2-1 record last week and has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week on offense.  The junior helped DC snap a nine-match losing streak to Heidelberg with a career-best 60 assists.  The effort shattered her old personal school record by 13 as DC earned the 3-2 road win. Over the weekend, DC fell 3-2 to Hiram and slipped by Baldwin-Wallace 3-1.  For the week, Kalik racked up 142 assists, 40 digs, and five kills in three matches.   Defiance (9-3, 0-0 HCAC) will travel to Alliance, Ohio for a tri-match with Mount Union and Wilmington Saturday.

Volleyball: Defense - Kate Dangel, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Rose-Hulman's Kate Dangel (Upper Arlington, Ohio/H.S.) led the Engineers to a 2-2 mark at the DePauw Invitational over the weekend and has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week on defense.  The junior recorded 69 digs (5.3/set) and added three service aces as RHIT earned wins over Concordia-Chicago and Olivet.  The Engineers suffered losses to host DePauw and Trine at the event.  Rose-Hulman (7-8, 0-0 HCAC) will play host to Principia and Illinois College Saturday.


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