MIAC Athletes of the Week – September 9, 2019

Athletes of the Week

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for football, volleyball, and soccer on Monday. Student-athletes from Augsburg, Carleton, Concordia, Saint Benedict, Saint John's, and St. Thomas claimed the Conference's weekly honors for September 3-8, 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.

MIAC Football Offensive Player of the Week
Mack Journell
Carleton College
Sr. | Wide Receiver
Stevens Point, Wis.

Mack Journell hauled in 14 catches for a career-best 181 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Carleton's 41-0 rout of Macalester on Saturday. With the Knights up 13-0 midway through the third quarter, Journell scored on back-to-back possessions to put the game out of reach by first out-jumping two defenders for a 16-yard touchdown catch and later breaking two tackles to reach the end zone for a 31-yard catch-and-run on 4th-and-9. The Carleton win avenged a tough 10-point loss to the Scots in last year's season-opener and returned the "Book of Knowledge" Trophy to Northfield for the first time since 2015.

MIAC Football Defensive Player of the Week
Chris Harris
Saint John's University
Sr. | Cornerback
Lake Elsinore, Calif. | Elsinore

Chris Harris recorded two fourth-quarter interceptions to preserve the Johnnies' 14-7 win at Wis.-Stout on Saturday. After a goalline stand by the Blue Devils to start the fourth quarter of play, Harris picked off a Stout pass on the ensuing change of possession to give the Saint John's offense the ball at the 33-yard line. Harris came up big again on the final play of the game, intercepting the ball in the back corner of the end zone as time expired to secure the SJU victory. Harris now has six interceptions over the last two seasons - including a pair of two-interception games - for Saint John's.

MIAC Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Willie Julkes III
Concordia College
Sr. | Linebacker
Mesa, Ariz. | Desert Ridge

Willie Julkes III blocked two punts in Concordia's 21-14 overtime loss to No. 23 Wis.-La Crosse on Saturday. Julkes' second block came with 1:18 left in regulation to set up the game-tying score with 30 seconds to play. Julkes also tallied a trio of tackles in the game.

MIAC Volleyball Hitter of the Week
Hunter Weiss
College of Saint Benedict

Jr. | Right Side
Shakopee, Minn.

Hunter Weiss averaged 4.21 kills and hit an impressive .504 with just two attack errors in 113 attempts as No. 22 Saint Benedict rolled to four more victories last week. Weiss was key to the Bennies 3-1 road victory at No. 4-ranked Wis.-Eau Claire last Wednesday, collecting 15 kills and hitting .652 with an assist, two digs, and a pair of solo blocks in the match. Weiss also added 14 kills against 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier Minn.-Morris and 15 kills apiece versus Northwestern-St. Paul and Concordia to finish with 59 total kills, 10 block assists, and three solo blocks on the week.

MIAC Volleyball Setter/Libero of the Week
Grace Anetipa
University of St. Thomas

So. | Setter
St. Paul, Minn. | Cretin-Derham Hall

Grace Anetipa played a key role in helping St. Thomas improve to 8-0 on the season by contributing 150 assists and 30 digs over 13 sets last week. The first-year starter was particularly effective against No. 12-ranked Wis.-Whitewater, posting 50 assists and 11 digs in a 3-1 Tommie victory. Anetipa, who averaged 10-plus assists in three of the team's four matches over the weekend, was also named to the Augsburg Invitational All-Tournament Team for her efforts.

MIAC Men's Soccer Athlete of the Week
Lionel Vang
Augsburg University

Sr. | Forward
Little Canada, Minn. | Roseville

Lionel Vang extended his consecutive-game point streak to five with a one-goal, two-assist week as Augsburg improved to 3-0-1 on the season. On Wednesday, he assisted on Augsburg's opening goal in its 3-0 win at Crown, serving a free kick to goal-scorer Antonio Magadan in the 17th minute. On Saturday, Vang broke a scoreless deadlock 11 minutes into the second half, collecting a loose ball and scoring on a rebound off his initial point-blank shot saved by the Wis.-Superior keeper. He then assisted on the go-ahead goal by Daniel Hedstrom, firing a free kick from 35 yards out that Hedstrom put home at the 66:00 mark. Vang now has two goals and four assists for eight points in the Auggies' first four games.

MIAC Women's Soccer Athlete of the Week
Sarah Pasternak
University of St. Thomas

Jr. | Goalkeeper
Brookfield, Wis. | Central

Sarah Pasternak made 12 saves to help the No. 19-ranked Tommies stun No. 3-ranked Washington-St. Louis in two overtimes, 1-0, on Saturday. Washington (21-1 in 2018) had won 15 consecutive home games and have lost just twice in 48 home games over the last five seasons. It was the sixth career shutout for Pasternak, who is now 9-0 on her career. The Toms (3-0) are 9-1-1 in their last 11 road games dating back to September 2018, including three shutout wins over nationally-ranked teams.