Quick hits: May named GLIAC Athlete of the Week

Lanthorn Staff

Lakers’ May named GLIAC Athlete of the Week

After running in the Greater Louisville Classic, Grand Valley State cross country runner Chris May earned GLIAC Men’s Athlete of the Week honors. May finished with a time of 24:04.49, good enough for a ninth-place finish.

The race consisted of over 300 runners from more than 30 different Division I and II schools. It was May’s first official scoring event of the 2016 season after running individually in the Spartan Invitational Friday, Sept. 16.

This is the first time the senior has won the award during his time at GVSU.

McKissic named GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week

Devin McKissic, a cornerback on the Grand Valley State football team, earned GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in last week’s game against Ohio Dominican. McKissic was a part of a GVSU defense that helped the Lakers seal a 24-21 victory against the Panthers.

With the Panthers driving inside of the Lakers own 20-yard line with only 17 seconds left in the game, McKissic picked off the Ohio Dominican quarterback to secure the win for GVSU. He also tallied six tackles, one for a four-yard loss and one pass break up during the game. He now leads the team with seven pass break ups on the season.

Mencotti repeats as GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week

For the second straight week, Grand Valley State women’s soccer player Gabriella Mencotti was named top offensive player in the conference. Mencotti led the Lakers’ offense with six goals and two assists in two games.

In the Friday Night Futbol game against Tiffin at Lubbers Stadium, Mencotti netted four goals to help the team to a 10-0 win. She followed up that performance with another two goals against Ashland.

She leads the team in goals (12), points (31) and shots (64). Mencotti ranks third in goals scored, second in points and fourth in assists in all of Division II.

Sweeney earns GLIAC Player of the Week honors

After a 2-0 weekend in both singles and doubles, Grand Valley State women’s tennis player Alexa Sweeney was named GLIAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week. Sweeney won both of her singles matches in straight sets against Hillsdale and Wayne State.

In doubles, Sweeney was paired with Madison Ballard and had the same success as in singles. The pairing won 9-7 in the first match and 8-5 in the second. The duo is now 8-3 overall on the season.