Crossroads League Announces Athletes of the Week | August 20-26


AVON, Ohio – The Crossroads League Athletes of the Week were announced on Monday, recognizing the top athletes from the week of August 20 through 26. Sports Information Directors from the league nominate student-athletes for the award and vote on each week’s winners.

Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Gabriel Greenfield, Huntington

Greenfield limited No. 15 Madonna to one goal and stopped four shots between the posts in Huntington’s 3-1 upset victory.

Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week
Matheus Louzada, Huntington

Louzada scored Huntington’s first two goals, including the game-winner with just over three minutes remaining to lead the Foresters to a 3-1 upset of No. 15 Madonna.


Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Bethany Blackwood, Grace

Blackwood posted back-to-back shutouts to open her career in net for Grace, picking up eight saves over 180 minutes in GC’s wins over Grand View and Graceland.

Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week
Bethany Balcer, Spring Arbor

Balcer piled up five goals and two assists in a pair of wins for No. 1 Spring Arbor, totaling 12 points on the week with a hat trick.


Women’s Tennis Player of the Week
Emili Runestad, Bethel

Runestad won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 singles to help Bethel take a 9-0 season-opening win over IU Kokomo.

Volleyball Attacker of the Week
Kelsee Zuidema, Grace

Zuidema averaged 3.8 kills per set with a blistering .310 hitting percentage to help Grace win three-of-four matches over the weekend. Zuidema also became GC’s tenth player to surpass 1,000-career kills.

Volleyball Defender of the Week
Samantha Korn, Taylor

Korn scooped up 66 digs for Taylor’s back row over three matches, averaging 22 digs per match and 5.5 digs per set to help the Trojans to a 2-1 mark.


Volleyball Setter of the Week
Maria Pelak, Saint Francis

Pelak led USF to a four-set win over No. 4 Viterbo with 38 assists and 20 digs and averaged 8.9 assists and 2.9 digs per set for the Cougars over four outings.