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MIAC Volleyball Player of the Year
Nov. 8, 1999

Bethel's senior outside hitter Carrie Ritland (Kirkwood, MO), a two-time All-MIAC selection, was named MIAC Player of the Year following the conference tournament at Macalester College. A two-time MIAC Player of the Week, Ritland is Bethel's career leader in kills, with 1593, an average of 4.45 over her career.

Ritland was a member of the GTE Academic All-District team in 1998 and represented Bethel College at the NCAA Leadership Conference in 1998.

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MIAC Volleyball Players of the Week
Nov. 2, 1999

HITTER

Bethel's senior outside hitter Carrie Ritland sparked the Royals to a record of 4-0 last week including a record of 3-0 at the UW-River Falls Tournament. Carrie led the team in kills in all four matches.  Carrie was also named to the All-Tournament Team at the trick or treat tournament in river falls. Carries numbers for the week :82 kills(4.7kpg) 53 digs(3.2dpg), 4 blocks, and a hitting percentage of .424.  The Royals finished the season with a record of 9-2 in MIAC play which was good for a tie for second place in the regular season standings.  The team is the #2 seed in the MIAC Championships which will be played at Macalester this weekend.
 

SETTER

Saint Benedict's senior setter Rachel Reuter helped the Blazers win over Concordia-Moorhead and St. Thomas, who is ranked #1 in the MIAC and #2 in the region this past week. Reuter had a total 46 set assists, 19 digs, 3 serve aces and 3 blocks for the week. She was a key in helping the team compile a hitting percentage of .439 in the game against Concordia and .238 against St. Thomas. The Blazers finished the regular season with a record of 9-2 in MIAC play which was good for a tie for second place in the regular season standings.  The team is the #3 seed in the MIAC Championships which will be played at Macalester this weekend.
 

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MIAC Volleyball Players of the Week
October 25, 1999

HITTER

Senior outside hitter Nikki Bauerly of the College of St. Benedict recorded 56 kills (with an attack percentage of .311), 58 digs and 13 total blocks in five matches last week and helped the Blazers to a 4-1 record and a second place finish in St. Ben's own Super America Classic.  Bauerly recorded 12 kills and a season high .706 attack percentage in the Blazers 15-0, 15-5, 15-7 win over Wartburg last Friday. She also recorded 14 kills with an attack percentage of .429 as St. Ben's defeated the University of Dubuque 15-10, 15-5, 15-4.  Bauerly was selected to the All-Tournament team for her play in the Super America Classic.  St. Ben's is currently 20-7 overall and in a tie for second place in the MIAC with a record of 7-2.
 

SETTER

Senior setter Jennifer Schmitt led St. Thomas to a record of 4-1 last week including a second place finish at the UW-La Crosse Invitational. Schmitt accumulated 160 assists (11.43 per game), 55 digs (3.9 per game) and six total blocks.  She also broke the school career record for digs over the weekend as she compiled 49 digs in 13 games at the UW-La Crosse Invite.  Schmitt now has 1,559 career digs in 417 matches.  She also holds the UST career assist record with 4,094.  The Toms are currently 9-0 in the conference with two matches remaining. They can clinch the top seed for the MIAC postseason tournament with a victory Wednesday at St. Catherine or a win Friday vs. St. Benís.
 
 
 

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MIAC Volleyball Players of the Week
October 18, 1999

Setter/Defensive Specialist

Jennifer Schmitt, a senior setter from the University of St. Thomas, led the Tommies to one of the most successful weeks in school history as the team defeated #3 UW-River Falls (3-1), Macalester (3-1) and St. Olaf (3-0).  In the upset of UW-River Falls, Schmitt totalled 59 assists, 16 digs, and four blocks and then in the win over MIAC rival St. Olaf Schmitt contributed 36 assists and 18 digs.  Schmitt averaged 12.18 assists, 4.09 digs and 1.0 total blocks per game in the three matches last week and helped the team compile hitting percentages of .345 against Macalester and .306 against St. Olaf.  St. Thomas is currently in first place in the MIAC with a record of 8-0.

Co-Hitters of the Week

Jill Kraus, a senior middle hitter from the University of St. Thomas, played three outstanding matches last week in helping the Tommies pick up impressive victories over #3 ranked UW-River Falls (3-1), and MIAC rivals Macalester (3-1) and St. Olaf (3-0).  Kraus average 3.5 kills per game, 1.0 blocks per game and 3.9 digs per game for the week.  She compiled a hitting percentage of .439 against UW-River Falls while also recording 20 kills and 20 digs.  Against Macalester, Kraus recorded a hitting percentage of .429 and added 17 digs. St. Thomas is currently in first place in the MIAC with a record of 8-0.

Carrie Ritland, a senior outside hitter from Bethel College, recorded 84 kills, 43 digs, six blocks and four service aces last week as the Royals picked up important MIAC wins over St. Olaf, St. Mary's and Hamline. Ritland recorded 32 kills and 15 digs in the 3-1 win over St. Mary's, 33 kills and 17 digs in the 3-1 win over St. Olaf and 19 kills and 11 digs in the 3-1 win over Hamline.  In the Hamline victory, Ritland surpassed the 1,600 career kill mark.  Bethel is currently in second place in the MIAC with a league mark of 8-1.
 
 

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MIAC Volleyball Players of the Week
October 11, 1999

Setter/Defensive Specialist

St. Mary's Amber Rajtora, a junior setter from Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Jefferson High School), finished with 49 assists and a .333 assist percentage as the Cardinals knocked off conference-leading and regionally ranked St. Olaf in four games last Wednesday. Rajtora also had 17 digs, four kills and two blocks as SMU beat St. Olaf for the first time since 1990 and for only the third time in the last 20 years.  St. Mary's, which is currently in a tie for sixth place in the MIAC with a record of 3-3, has an overall mark of 14-7.

Hitter

Bethel's Carrie Ritland, a senior outside hitter from Kirkwood, Missouri, led the Royals to a 4-1 record for the week including a conference victory over Concordia.  Carrie topped the 30 kill mark while also recording an attack percentage of .419 as the Royals defeated Montana State Northern 3-2 (11-15, 16-14, 5-15, 15-9, 15-9) in the Jamestown College Invitational. Ritland was selected to the Jamestown Invitational All-Tournament team for her efforts in helping the Royals to a second place finish with a record of 3-1.  Carrie's numbers in five matches last week were: 108 kills(4.9kpg), 84 digs, 6 blocks, and 4 service aces. Bethel is currently 15-10 overall and in second place in the MIAC with a mark of 5-1.
 
 

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MIAC Volleyball Players of the Week
October 4, 1999

Hitter

St. Olaf's NicoleTrnka, a sophomore hitter from Morristown, Minn, (Bethleham Academy) had another outstanding week for the Oles, leading them to conference victories over Augsburg, Concordia and Saint Bens. In the Augsburg game, Trnka finished with 19 kills on 35 attempts for a .457 average. She also had 18 digs and five block assists. Versus Concordia, Trnka pounded down 13 kills on 23 attempts (in ust three games) and had seven digs. In Saturday's victory over Saint Bens, the sophomore had 17 kills in 41 attempts and 23 digs. Trnka has been named to the All-Tournament Teams in the Central Invite, Augsburg Invite and Dubuque Invite this year.  The Oles are currently 5-0 in the MIAC and 14-4 overall.
 

Setter

St. Olaf setter Brie Mattson, a first year player from Anoka, Minn., once again racked up impressive numbers as the Oles remained undefeated in MIAC play with league wins over Augsburg, Concordia and Saint Ben's last week. In a Wednesday win over Augsburg, Mattson finished with 55 assists and five service aces. She also tallied 14 digs. In the Oles' victory over Concordia, the first-year setter tallied 40 assists (in three games) to go along with six service aces and six digs. In Saturday's win over arch-rival Saint Ben's, Mattson finished with 61 assists and three service aces to go along with her 13 digs.  Mattson has been named to the All-Tournament teams in each of the three Invitational Tournaments in which the Oles have participated.   St. Olaf is currently 5-0 in the MIAC and 14-4 overall.
 

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MIAC Volleyball Players of the Week
September 27, 1999

Hitter

St. Thomas middle blocker Jill Kraus led St. Thomas through a five-match week that included a conference win over St. Mary's and non-conference wins over Simpson and Augustana (Ill.).  Kraus, a senior from Cold Spring, Minn., recorded 53 kills with an attack percentage of .366 in the five matches.  She also added 64 digs (4.0 per game), eight service aces and 12 total blocks.  Kraus turned in her finest match of the week against MIAC rival St. Mary's as she recorded 10 kills in 15 attempts for a .533 attack percentage and added 16 digs.  St. Thomas defeated the Cardinals 3-0.  The Tommies are currently 7-8 overall and 2-0 in the MIAC.

Setter

St. Thomas setter Jennifer Schmitt paced the Tommies to a 3-2 record on the week as she recorded 189 assists (11.81 apg), seven service aces, 52 digs (3.25 dpg) and 13 total blocks in the five matches.  Schmitt, a senior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, directed the Tommies to three matches with a team attack percentage of over .300.  The Tommies are currently 7-8 overall and 2-0 in the MIAC.
 

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MIAC Volleyball Players of the Week
September 20, 1999

Hitter

St. Mary's middle hitter Shelly Haake (Jr., Carroll, Iowa), appeard in 19 of the Cardinals' 20 games last week, recording 63 kills (3.316 per game) and boasted a .449 attack percentage as the Cardinals were a perfect 6-0 on the week, including the tournament championship at the St. Mary's Sugar Loaf Classic.  In addition to her proficiency on the attack, Haake also posted three service aces, 45 digs and nine blocks.  She was also named the Most Valuable Performer at the Sugar Loaf Classic.  St. Mary's is currently 14-3 overall and 1-0 in MIAC play this season.

Setter/Defensive Specialist

Bethel junior Julie Feltman (Young America, Minn., Mayer Lutheran H.S.), sparked the Royals to a 4-1 record last week.  Feltman compiled 210 assists in 17 games for an average of 12.7 assists per game.  She also recorded 20 kills, 42 digs and 15 blocks as the Royals picked up a MIAC win over Gustavus and Bethel tournament victories over St. Catherine, Hamline and Grinnell before falling to the University of Dubuque in the tournament championship.  Feltman was also named to the all-tournament squad at the Bethel Invitational.   Bethel is currently 6-8 overall and 1-0 in MIAC play this season.



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MIAC Volleyball Player of the Week
September 13, 1999

St. Benedict's Malia Evjen (Sr., outside hitter, Hayfield, Minnesota)

Malia Evjen, a senior outside hitter from Hayfield, Minnesota, sparked the College of St. Benedict to the Augsburg Invitational title last weekend as she tallied 58 kills, 54 digs, four total blocks and an attack percentage of .379 in four matches.  Malia had double-double kills and digs in wins over regionally rated squads from UW-Eau Claire and St. Olaf.  Malia's highlight game of the weekend was against UW-Eau Claire where she recorded 26 kills, 16 digs and two total blocks.  The Blazers defeated St. Olaf in the title match 13-15, 17-15, 15-11, 7-15, 15-13.  St. Ben's is currently 5-1 on the season with tournament titles at the UW-Eau Claire Triangular and the Augsburg Invitational.
 

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(Nominations are due by Noon Monday each week, beginning Sept. 13th. Winners each week will be named later in the afternoon here each Monday through the season. If you have questions regarding this process please contact Kari Eckheart, Gustavus Volleyball Coach, keckhear@gustavus.edu )
 
 
 

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