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NCAC Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 2/10

NCAC Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 2/10

NCAC Weekly Newsletter

North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week – Feb. 10

Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Week – Nolan Ginther, DePauw

DePauw junior Nolan Ginther (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) helped the Tigers to a pair of conference victories over Hiram and Allegheny last week. Ginther netted 15 points and 10 rebounds in a win against the Terriers before posting a career-high 38 points and 14 rebounds against the Gators. 

Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week – Sydney Kopp, DePauw

DePauw senior Sydney Kopp (Burr Ridge, IL/Hinsdale South) became the program’s all-time leading scorer in the Tiger’s narrow 65-62 victory over Hiram. The win also clinched at least a share of the NCAC women’s basketball title. Kopp produced games of 22 and 26 points, coupled with an average of nine rebounds and three assists in two conference wins last week.

Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week – Alex Riess, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Alex Riess (Dayton, OH/Beavercreek) recorded a win at No. 5 singles (7-6, 6-4) for the Battling Bishops at Centre on Friday. He was also a double-winner at Transylvania on Saturday, recording victories at No. 5 singles (6-2, 6-2) and No. 3 doubles (8-0) in the Bishops’ 8-1 win.

Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week – Isabelle Olaes, Oberlin

Oberlin first-year Isabelle Olaes (Oberlin, OH/Oberlin) turned in a perfect 4-0 Saturday in pair of convincing Yeowomen wins over Baldwin Wallace and Notre Dame College. Playing in the second flight in both singles and doubles against the Yellow Jackets, Olaes was a 6-2, 6-1 winner in singles and partnered with Delaney Black in doubles to win 8-1. She and Black won by the same count in the top flight against the Falcons before the freshman moved on to take a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Kaytlin Marlatt at No. 3 singles.

Men's Indoor Track, Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week – Eddy Sherman, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan freshman Eddy Sherman (Asheville, NC/Christ School) was a triple-winner at the Bob Shannon Invitational this past weekend. Individually, the first-year won the 400-meter dash in 50.53 seconds. He also led off the 800-meter relay team, which won in 1:31.45 and ran the second leg on the 1600-meter relay, which won in 3:30.50. The 400 and 800-meter relay times were both conference bests so far this season.

Men's Indoor Track, Distance/Mid-Distance Athlete of the Week – Vincent Lewis, Kenyon

Kenyon senior Vincent Lewis (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius College Prep) notched the Lords’ lone win at Denison’s Bob Shannon Invitational over the weekend. His time of 8:59.78 in the 3,000-meter run was fastest among 21 runners and represented the team’s best time of the season.

Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Isaiah Campbell, Wabash

Wabash junior Isaiah Campbell (Indianapolis, IN/Ben Davis) earned his best mark of the season with his winning effort in the shot put at Friday evening’s DePauw Tiger Small College Invitational. Campbell won the event with a distance of 14.67 meters. His effort is also the best in the conference this season. His first-place finish helped Wabash win the team title at the meet.

Women's Indoor Track, Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week – Maya Vasta, Wooster

Wooster sophomore Maya Vasta (Forest Park, GA/Forest Park) was one of the Fighting Scots’ top performers at Saturday’s Bob Shannon Invitational. She beat out 25 other competitors to win the 200-meter dash at 27.22 seconds. She was also the runner-up in the 400 meters at 1:02.36. Both times are currently within the top three in the NCAC.

Women's Indoor Track, Distance/Middle Distance Athlete of the Week – Isabelle Hoover, Wooster

Wooster sophomore Isabelle Hoover (Millersport, OH/Fairfield Union) cruised to a first-place finish in the 5,000 meters at Saturday’s Bob Shannon Invitational. Hoover’s winning time of 18:33.92 was nearly 26 seconds faster than the runner-up time. It’s currently the top time in the NCAC.

Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Aislinn Cannistraro, Oberlin

Oberlin first-year Aislinn Cannistraro (Sommerville, MA/Sommerville) moved into third among conference athletes and 29th in the nation in the high jump with a winning clearance of 1.63 meters to best a five-person field at Oberlin’s BSN Invite.


NCAC Milestones & Records (Feb. 4 - Feb. 10)

DePauw, Women’s Basketball - Senior Sydney Kopp (Burr Ridge, IL/Hinsdale South) became DePauw’s all-time scoring leader, surpassing Maya Howard’s ‘19 total of 1,539 points. Kopp now stands at 1,553 points.

DePauw, Women’s Basketball - DePauw clinched its 19th straight 20-win season and has the second longest current streak in Division III behind Hope College. 

Hiram, Women’s Basketball - Junior Tashauna Wright (Shaker Heights, OH/Shaker Heights) became the eighth player in Hiram women’s basketball history to score 1,000-career points on Friday against Wittenberg. She is the first Terrier to score 1,000+ points since Mercedes Jones during the 2016-17 season.

Oberlin, Track & Field - Oberlin freshman Chilly Wallace (Belle Mead, NJ/Montgomery) broke the school record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.42 seconds. The Yeowomen’s 4x800-meter relay also broke its program record with a time of 9:44.46.

Wooster, Men’s Basketball - Wooster senior Danyon Hempy (Waldo, OH/River Valley) turned in a pair of memorable performances during a 2-0 week for the Fighting Scots. Hempy passed Wooster legend Tom Port for fourth-place on the storied program’s all-time scoring list during Wednesday’s 76-57 win over Kenyon, a game in which the senior scored a career-high 38 points. On Saturday, Hempy became the ninth player in NCAC history to surpass 1,800 career points. He scored a game-high 28 points during an 80-71 win over Ohio Wesleyan. 

Wooster, Track & Field - Wooster first-year Korey Simmons (Pittsburgh, PA/Fox Chapel Area) broke the school record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.79 seconds on Saturday.