October 15, 2014
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Great South Athletic Conference announced the fall sports Players of the Week for all contests played October 6 - 12 and, following voting by the league sports information directors, Morgan Canepa of Salem won Women's Soccer Player of the Week, Julia Harenčár of Mills claimed Volleyball Player of the Week and Salem's Audrey Wierda captured Runner of the Week.
GSAC Women's Soccer Player of the Week – Morgan Canepa of Salem
Canepa, a sophomore from Elko, Nevada, continues to anchor a Salem defense that is only allowing 1.0 goals against per game. Canepa joined by three other excellent members of the back line for Salem shutdown Ferrum in a 1-0 road win. Salem held the high-powered offense of #3 nationally ranked Lynchburg to 3 goals in a 3-0 loss. Two of those goals came late in the match.
GSAC Volleyball Player of the Week – Julia Harenčár of Mills
Julia Harenčár had one of her best weekends of the season as Mills took on Occidental and Caltech. A leader on and off the court, Julia consistently raises her team's level of play. Against Occidental she led her team in both digs and kills, with 11 and 7 respectively. The following day she put up 17 points in both games against Caltech. In game one, she had 12 kills, 3 services aces, 7 digs, and 2 solo blocks en route to a 3-1 Mills victory. In game two, she helped Mills battle to a well fought 3-2 defeat, with 13 kills, 2 aces, 5 digs, 2 solo blocks, and a kill % of .314. Throughout the weekend, she was a grounding force during serve receive. Julia has played every set of the season and adds leadership, experience, energy, and determination to the Cyclones.
GSAC Cross Country Runner of the Week – Audrey Wierda of Salem
Audrey Wierda, a junior from Greenville, Mich., has been an exceptional runner for Salem College Cross Country. Wierda is the athlete that extends herself to not only better herself but her entire team. She has consistently been the Spirits second and third finisher for Salem College but that does not put in to affect the progress she had made. At the Greensboro Invitational, she finished third for the Spirits with a time of 22:17, a PR for the 2014 season. Wierda ended her final run of 2014 with a 22:25 5k time at the ESPN Disney Cross Country Classic.