BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners in football, volleyball, soccer, golf and cross country. Student-athletes from Augsburg, Bethel, Carleton, Gustavus Adolphus and Saint Benedict claimed the Conference's weekly honors for Sept 1 – 3, 2017.
The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated by and selected each week by the Conference's sports information directors. Throughout the fall season, team sports (football, volleyball, and soccer) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (cross country and golf) announced on Tuesday afternoons.
Due to Monday's holiday, the first fall Athletes of the Week were all announced on Tuesday, Sept. 5, with the regular schedule beginning next week. The winners of the Sept. 5 Athlete of the Week awards are listed below, along with details on their award-winning performances. This week, Bethel had four student-athletes honored, Augsburg had three, Gustavus had a pair and Carleton and Saint Benedict each earned one. The 2017 fall season began on Friday, Sept. 1, with teams around the Conference kicking off the new season over the course of Labor Day weekend.
MIAC Football Offensive Player of the Week
Jr. – Quarterback
Plymouth, Minn. / Robbinsdale Armstrong
Making his Augsburg debut, quarterback Quinn Frisell completed 32-of-49 passes for 333 yards and four touchdowns in the Auggies' 42-7 victory over Northwestern (Minn.) on Saturday. Frisell found eight different receivers in the game and guided Augsburg to 530 yards of total offense, the program's most since 2015.
MIAC Football Defensive Player of the Week
Gustavus Adolphus College
Sr. – Linebacker
Leading a Gustavus defense that posted its first shutout since 2015, senior linebacker Casey Decker led all Gusties with a career-high of nine tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Decker also landed a pair of punts inside the 20-yard line in the team's 38-0 victory over Westminster College.
MIAC Football Special Teams Player of the Week
So. – Kicker
Sophomore kicker Blake Hottle was perfect on Saturday, going 2-for-2 on PAT tries and 2-for-2 on field goal attempts in Bethel's Week 1 double overtime loss to Dubuque. Hottle connected on a 37-yard field goal to keep hope alive for the Royals in the team's first overtime possession. He also kicked off six times in the game, averaging 64.5 yards per kick.
MIAC Volleyball Hitter of the Week
Sr. – Middle Blocker
Sioux Falls, S.D. / Sioux Falls Christian
For the second consecutive year, Bethel's Kristin Stern concluded opening weekend as the MIAC's Hitter of the Week. The senior leader posted double-digit kills in every match and finished the weekend hitting .417 in 96 total attempts. Stern was also named to the 12-member Pacific Coast Classic All-Tournament Team for her efforts.
MIAC Volleyball Setter/Libero of the Week
Jr. – Setter
Harmony, Minn. / Fillmore Central
Augsburg junior setter Morgan Malley had an outstanding opening weekend, helping the Auggies earn four wins in the Oregon Trail Classic. Malley claimed 172 assists – the most of any MIAC setter in action over the weekend – and 39 digs to go along with 22 kills in Augsburg's victorious tour of the West Coast.
MIAC Men's Soccer Athlete of the Week
Gustavus Adolphus College
Jr. – Goalkeeper
Bouncing back from a 4-1 loss to NCAA Tournament-bound St. Scholastica a season ago, Gustavus goalkeeper Matt Bateman opened the 2017 campaign with a pair of shutouts at the University of Wisconsin-Superior and St. Scholastica. Bateman recorded two saves against UW-Superior and four against St. Scholastica to secure Gustavus victories.
MIAC Women's Soccer Athlete of the Week
College of Saint Benedict
Fy. – Forward
Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
Megan Thompson made quite an impression in her first collegiate game, scoring four of Saint Benedict's five goals in a 5-1 victory over Nebraska Wesleyan on Friday. Thompson's debut performance also marks the highest single-game goal total for any individual CSB soccer player in recent memory.
MIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week
Sr. – Moscow, Idaho
Carleton senior Donson Cook-Gallardo was the top Division III finisher at the Augustana Twilight, placing 12th overall with a time of 19:58.55 in the four-mile race. Cook-Gallardo was the lone DIII runner to post a top-40 result in the field of 280 runners, which included a pair of Division I programs and seven DII squads.
MIAC Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week
Sr. – Wayzata, Minn.
Bethel senior Annika Halverson finished tenth out of all 310 runners at the Augustana Twilight, but No. 1 among all Division III runners. Halverson helped pace the Royals to a fifth-place finish out of 25 teams and second-place among all of Division III.
MIAC Men's Golf Athlete of the Week
So. – Inver Grove Heights, Minn. / Simley
Harrison Cooper tied a modern-day Augsburg men's golf record with a second-round 65, leading the Auggies to the team title in the Augsburg Fall Invitational over Labor Day weekend. Cooper followed up his round of 1-under-par 71 on Saturday with a 7-under-par 65 on Sunday, finishing with a weekend low 8-under-par 136. Cooper's 65 is one stroke shy of the best single-round score in MIAC men's golf history, a 64 shot by St. Thomas' Mark Hadley in 2005.
MIAC Women's Golf Athlete of the Week
Sr. – Victoria, Minn.
Bethel senior Christine Piwnica earned medalist honors at the CSB Invitational with a two-day score of 148. Tied for fourth and five shots back of the lead after Day 1, Piwnica fired a 2-under-par in the final round to earn the weekend's top spot.