Eleven Receive Red Lion Player of the Week Honors
Western Washington's Kelsey Moore earned Red Lion Player of the Week honors for the first time this season.
Western Washington's Kelsey Moore earned Red Lion Player of the Week honors for the first time this season.

Monday, November 4, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. - Eleven Great Northwest Athletic Conference student-athletes earned Red Lion player of the week honors for their efforts last week, including Western Washington women's soccer player Kristin Maris who scored three goals.

Below is a full list of all of this week's Red Lion Student-Athletes of the Week:


Offense - Kelsey Moore, Western Washington (OH, 6-1, Jr., Bellevue, WA – Newport) had 19 kills to lead the Vikings to two road wins as they remained tied in the loss column with first place Alaska Anchorage.  Moore, who was charged with just four errors in seven sets, had 12 kills in a 3-1 win at Central Washington, then added seven more in a 3-0 sweep of Northwest Nazarene.

DefenseQuinn Barker, Alaska Anchorage (L, 5-5, Jr., Mission Viejo, CA) had 34 digs, including 18 in a sweep of Saint Martins, as the Seawolves won a pair of road matches.  Barker also had three aces.  Her defense helped UAA limit the Saints and Western Oregon to an average of 19 points per set.

Honorable Mention - Rachel Hanses, Central Washington;  Katelynn Zanders, Alaska Anchorage; Kristyn Ross, Saint Martin’s; Samantha Hutchinson, Western Washington; Elayna Rice, Northwest Nazarene; Kaitlyn Tuholski, Northwest Nazarene; Nikki Lowell, Seattle Pacific; Kaely Kight, Central Washington.


OffenseJake Nelson, Central Washington (QB, 6-1, 205, Fr., Lake Stevens, WA) had 238 yards in total offense to lead the Wildcats to a 21-14 win over Humboldt State.  Nelson completed 15 of 22 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for 66 yards on 11 carries.  He tossed a 17-yard TD pass to Jordin Kinnune in the first quarter, then threw a three-yard TD to Colter Clinch to give CWU a 21-7 l

DefenseNick Grunsky, Azusa Pacific (SS, 5-11, 192, Sr., Folsom, CA) had eight tackles, including 1 ½ for losses of seven yards as the Cougars maintained a one-game lead in the GNAC race with a 38-28 win over Western Oregon.  Grunsky also had an interception and broke up two passes.

Special TeamsTarik Myles, Azusa Pacific (KR, 5-6, 152,  Fr., Rancho Cucamonga, CA) had 132 return yards – 66 on four punts and 66 on two kickoffs in APU’s home win.

Honorable MentionGriff Robles, Dixie State; Terrell Watson, Azusa Pacific; Stan Langlow, Central Washington; Shane Kuenzi, Western Oregon.

Men's Soccer

Offense – Fredy Razo, Northwest Nazarene (F, 5-10, Jr., Irvine, CA - Irvine Valley) led the GNAC with three goals last week. Razo scored the Crusaders’ only goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to the University of Mary, and contributed both of NNU’s goals in a 2-0 victory over South Dakota Mines on Saturday. Razo leads the GNAC in goals scored this season with 12 and total points with 26.

Defense – Brandon Watson, Simon Fraser (GK, 6-1, Fr., Victoria, BC - Coastal Carolina) posted a pair of shutouts, including a stellar overtime performance in the Clan’s biggest game of the year against Seattle Pacific on Saturday. Watson’s effort gave SFU a chance to win both games, and helped his team clinch its fourth consecutive GNAC championship title.

Honorable Mention - Matt Temple, Western Washington; Jovan Blagojevic, Simon Fraser; Luke Broz, Northwest Nazarene; Keegan Rogers, Western Washington.

Women's Soccer

Offense – Kristin Maris, Western Washington (F, 5-9, Sr., Issaquah, WA - Issaquah) scored three goals last week, including the game-winner against Central Washington in the 83rd minute. Maris’ two goals against Simon Fraser on Saturday gave her 10 on the season, tying her with Saint Martin’s forward Kelli Bannerman for second-most in the GNAC behind WWU’s Catherine Miles.

Defense – McCrea Nirider, Northwest Nazarene (D, 5-4, So., Tacoma, WA - Fife) played 190 minutes last week, helping NNU to its first GNAC win of the season in a 1-0 overtime triumph over Saint Martin’s. Nirider anchored a back line that held the Saints scoreless for 100 minutes, and played the full game on Saturday in a tough 1-0 loss to MSU Billings.

Honorable Mention – Lexi Fesenbek, Northwest Nazarene; Danielle Brandli, Central Washington; Heidi Greenback, MSU Billings; Allison Sprecher, Western Oregon; Brianna Jones, Western Washington; Gina Cardenas, Saint Martin's; Kayla Lipston, Central Washington; Katlyn Lokay, MSU Billings.

Men's Golf - Ryan Baumgart, Saint Martin's (Fr., Walla Walla, WA - DeSales Catholic) finished in sixth place overall at the Dennis Rose Invitational hosted by the University of Hawaii - Hilo. Baumgart shot a 220 (72-76-72) to pace the Saints to a fifth-place finish amongst the 10-team field, and his two rounds of 72 matched his career low.

Women's Golf - Jennifer Liedes, Saint Martin's (So., Olympia, WA - Olympia) finished second in the Dennis Rose Invitational, shooting a three-round total of 224 (74-72-78). Liedes was just three strokes behind the tournament champion, and she finished the fall season with the second-lowest average in the GNAC at 77.1 over seven rounds.