Conaway is up for CLASS Award
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State senior Alexis Conaway has been named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award. Conaway, a MOC-Floyd Valley graduate, is one of 30 women’s volleyball players selected as a candidate.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
Conaway is one of Iowa State University’s top student-athletes in competition and off the court. Conaway is a pervious All-Big 12 first-team honoree and a two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, boasting one of the highest career hitting percentages in program history. This season, she has taken on changing positions to outside hitter and playing all six rotations. Since the move, Conaway has averaged 2.41 kills per set while recording three double-doubles.
Outside of volleyball, Conaway is a 4.0 GPA student in kinesiology.
Morningside women's golf wins again
SIOUX CITY – Morningside College’s women’s golf team won its third straight tournament championship and pocketed its fourth title of the season when the Mustangs edged tournament host Bellevue University by one stroke to win the weather shortened Bellevue Fall Invite at The Pines Country Club in Valley, Nebraska.
The Mustangs carded a team score of 308 in Monday’s opening round for a one-stroke lead in the nine-team field. Tuesday’s second round was canceled after heavy rainfall made the course unplayable.
Maria Zorrilla led the Mustangs with a one-over par 73 to finish one stroke off the medalist pace of Iowa Western Community College’s Cassidy Evreniadis, who topped the 51-player field with a 72.
The Mustangs also had top-10 individual finishes from Myla Brown who finished sixth with a 76 and Samantha Knight who was 10th with a 77. The 76 by Brown was her lowest score of the season.
Kiel earns GPAC honors
ORANGE CITY, Iowa | Northwestern’s Anna Kiel is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Volleyball Attacker of the Week. Kiel, a sophomore, from Maurice, Iowa, averaged 3.3 kills and hit .338 in pair of GPAC wins over Mount Marty and top-ranked Hastings.
Kiel also averaged 1.5 blocks and 1.9 digs per set in the two matches. Kiel put down a match-high 19 kills and 4.5 blocks in the Red Raiders five-set win over No. 1 Hastings last Saturday. She has hit for 10 or more kills in 16 matches this season.
Wacker earns GPAC setter honors
ORANGE CITY, Iowa | Northwestern’s Lacey Wacker is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Volleyball Setter of the Week. Wacker, a freshman from Jackson, Minnesota, averaged 10.5 assists and directed a Red Raider offense that hit .280 in wins over Mount Marty and top-ranked Hastings.
Wacker also averaged 1.8 digs per set and totaled six kills and three ace serves. Wacker tallied a double-double (55 assists, 12 digs) in the five-set win over No.1 Hastings.
Jansen awarded GPAC defensive honor
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa | Dordt defensive specialist Summer Jansen is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Volleyball Defender of the Week. Jansen, a senior from Sheldon, Iowa, averaged 5.67 digs per set to help lead the Defenders to a 2-0 week. She had a 25 and 26 digs, respectively, in a pair of wins over Briar Cliff and No. 9 Midland.
Northwestern's Farnsworth recognized
ORANGE CITY, Iowa | Northwestern's Nikky Farnsworth is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week. Farnsworth, a sophomore, from Pierre, South Dakota, totaled 10 points in wins over Doane and Mount Marty, scoring four goals and adding a pair of assists.
Farnsworth recorded a hat trick in the Red Raiders 5-0 road win against Doane while also getting an assist. She followed with a goal and an assist in the Red Raiders 6-0 win over Mount Marty.
McDonald garners national award
SIOUX CITY – Morningside College’s Caden McDonald, a 5-foot-11, 210-pound senior linebacker from Logan, Iowa, is the NAIA National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the fourth-ranked Mustangs’
48-20 victory against No. 15 Northwestern College last Saturday in Orange City, Iowa.
He also earned the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Defensive Player of the Week award for the third time this season.
McDonald collected nine solos and two assists to lead the Mustangs with 11 tackles in their triumph against the Red Raiders. He also had two quarterback sacks, intercepted a pass to set up a touchdown and blocked a Northwestern PAT attempt.
USD golfers finish fourth
LINCOLN — The South Dakota women’s golf team saw improvement for the third-straight round at the Nebraska Chip N’ Club Invitational. The Coyotes shot a 306 in the final round, taking four more strokes off their previous best in the tournament, to close with a 932 and tied for fourth place.
Abby Dufrane had the best tournament of her senior campaign, firing a 224 over the three rounds. Her final round totaled a 3-over-par 75, placing in a tie for fourth. She utilized seven birdies and 34 pars throughout the 54 holes for her season-best finish.
Junior Lexi Petersen and sophomore Karli Kerrigan each placed in a tie for 19th place tallying a 237. Kerrigan shot her best round of the tournament in the final round with a 76 while Petersen tallied a 79.
Audrey Judd of Nebraska and Janet Yeo of UC Irvine shared medalist honors after firing a 218 for the tournament. Kansas earned the team championship with a 903 thanks to a tournament-low 294 in the opening round.
Simbassa sixth at USATF 10 mile
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Former Sioux City North athlete Abbabiya Simbassa posted a strong sixth place finish in the USATF 10 Mile Championships.
Simbassa, who enjoyed strong collegiate careers at both Iowa Central Community College and University of Oklahoma, finished in 47 minutes, 45 seconds.
Shadrack Kipchirchir was the men's winner in 47:33.