MIAC Athletes of the Week – February 4, 2019

MIAC Athletes of the Week - 2018-19

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for basketball and hockey on Monday. Student-athletes from Bethel, Saint Benedict, and St. Olaf claimed the Conference's weekly honors for Jan. 28 - Feb. 3, 2019.

The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated by the Conference's sports information directors and selected by MIAC staff. Throughout the winter season, team sports (basketball, hockey) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (swimming and diving, indoor track and field, tennis) 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 2018-19 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page or visit the 2018-19 Athlete of the Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.

MIAC Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week
Matt Ambriz
Bethel University
Sr. | Guard
Woodbury, Minn.

Matt Ambriz connected on 7-of-9 from the field -- including all six three-point attempts - and knocked down a pair of free throws to total 22 points in the Royals' upset of No. 12-ranked Saint John's on Thursday. The senior guard eclipsed 1,000  points for his collegiate career in the game and helped extend Bethel's winning streak to a season-best five games. 

MIAC Women's Basketball Athlete of the Week
Makenna Ash
St. Olaf College
Sr. | Forward
Ellison Bay, Wis. | Gibraltar

Makenna Ash notched a pair of double-doubles in St. Olaf's victories over Saint Mary's and Concordia last week. The senior forward totaled 16 rebounds and 14 points in a 78-71 win at Saint Mary's on Thursday and tallied 15 points and 11 boards - eight of which came on the offensive end - on the road in a 76-73 win against the Cobbers on Saturday. Ash has registered a double-double in seven consecutive games and has a total of 14 on the season.

MIAC Men's Hockey Athlete of the Week
Noah Parker
St. Olaf College
Jr. | Goalie
Northfield, Minn. | St. Paul Academy

Noah Parker made saves on 40 of the 42 he shots faced for St. Olaf in a 2-1 loss to St. Thomas on Saturday night. Both Tommie goals came on a power-play. The junior goalie has recorded 40-plus saves in six games this season.

MIAC Women's Hockey Athlete of the Week
Kailee Medved
College of Saint Benedict
So. | Goalie
Littleton, Colo. | Totino-Grace

Kailee Medved made 40 saves and played all 65 minutes on Saturday to help CSB pick up a key MIAC tie against Augsburg. The sophomore goalie allowed a single goal and made double-digit saves in all three periods for CSB. It was the second time this season Medved reached the 40-save mark.