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October 22, 2012 firstname.lastname@example.org
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa --- The Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) announced today that University of Dubuque volleyball player Klaudia Basierak (Hainsville, Ill./Grayslake) and Coe College football player Jared McNutt (Warren, Ill./Warren) have been named IIAC Athletes of the Week for the week ending Sunday, October 21, 2012. The Conference also recognized a total of 11 Performers of the Week across six of the league's fall championship sports.
Volleyball (hitter) — Klaudia Basierak, University of Dubuque, Hainsville, Ill. / Grayslake
Basierak, a freshman outside hitter, averaged 3.90 kills and 3.40 digs per set as Dubuque went 3-2 during the week. She had four double-doubles in five matches, including a 20 kill-25 dig effort in a five-set loss to Coe at the Loras Invitational. Basierak also had at least one ace in each match, totaling six for the week. (IIAC Female Athlete of the Week)
Special mention — Rachel Bosworth, so., OH, Coe; Kara Grant, so., OH, Loras; Ramey Sieck, jr., S, Wartburg
Football (offense) — Jared McNutt, Coe College, Warren, Ill. / Warren
McNutt, a senior quarterback, completed 28 of 30 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns in Coe's 47-7 victory at Simpson Oct. 20. He set new career-highs for completions and passing yardage in the victory, while his 93.3 percent completion percentage ranks second in NCAA Division III history. The 28 completions rank third in school history. McNutt also threw the 28th 300-yard game in Coe history and also became the 17th player with 100 or more completions in a single season. (IIAC Male Athlete of the Week)
Special mention — Logan Schrader, fr., QB, Wartburg
Football (defense) — Luke Geneser, Central College, Woodward, Iowa / Woodward-Granger
Geneser, a junior linebacker, made five tackles (two solo), forced a fumble, broke up a pass and intercepted two others in Central's 31-14 win over Luther. He racked up 66 yards on his interception returns, including a long of 41.
Special mention — Zach West, sr., LB, Coe; Ryan Billings, jr., LB, Wartburg
Football (special teams) — Chase Cooling, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa / Xavier
Cooling, a senior punter, averaged 32.0 yards on four punts in a 47-7 win at Simpson on Oct. 20, dropping three inside the Storm 20-yard line and one inside the 10. His four punts helped Coe force Simpson into an average starting position of its own 19-yard line for the game. Cooling also caught a 56-yard touchdown pass, the first of his career.
Special teams — TJ Bruch, jr., P, Buena Vista
Men's Soccer (offense) — Brad Joiner, Loras College, Lemont, Ill. / Lemont
Joiner, a senior forward, scored twice -- including the game-winner -- in Loras' home win over No. 11 Dominican on Oct. 15. He was also credited with a shot in Loras' 7-0 win at Simpson that locked up at least a share of the 2012 Iowa Conference title, the school's seventh league title since 2003.
Special mention — Cory Winkler, jr., MF/F, Dubuque
Men's Soccer (defense) — Kyle Marxkors, Loras College, Florissant, Mo. / Christian Brothers
Marxkors, a senior defender, helped Loras' defense post a 3-2 win over No. 11 Dominican (Ill.) Oct. 15 and extend its string of shutouts in league play to six in six outings with a 7-0 win over Simpson Oct. 20.
Special mention — Eric Hoar, fr., GK, Coe
Women's Soccer (offense) — Alexandra Watkins, University of Dubuque, Northbrook, Ill. / Glenbrook North
Watkins, a junior forward, scored three goals and two assists as the Spartans posted wins over Cornell (7-0) and Buena Vista (3-1) to extend their winning streak to six games. She scored one goal and two assists against the Rams and added two goals against the Beavers. After starting the year with a 2-5-1 mark, Dubuque has gone 7-0-1 over its last eight games and sits third in the IIAC with only an Oct. 23 match at league-leading Loras remaining on the slate.
Special mention — Lydia Eager, fr., MF, Luther; Kaylee Benning, sr., F, Wartburg
Women's Soccer (defense) — Rachel Rieger, Loras College, Bartlett, Ill. / Bartlett
Rieger, a senior defender, helped Loras to a league-leading fourth shutout in league play with a 1-0 win at Simpson on Oct. 20. The Duhawks, who held the Storm to just one shot at home, have an 0.33 goals-against average in six IIAC contests.
Special mention — Steph Hasken, sr., GK, Central; Megan Petersen, sr., GK, Simpson
Volleyball (defense) — Kelly Niemann, Wartburg College, Fredericksburg, Iowa / Sumner-Fredericksburg
Niemann, a junior middle hitter, was the Knights' leading blocker with 25 total blocks (four solo) during the week. She averaged 1.67 blocks per set as Wartburg went 4-1. Niemann also totaled 34 kills and seven digs.
Special mention — Alissa Wittenburg, so., L/DS, Coe
Men’s Cross Country — Jackson Espeset, Luther College, Ames, Iowa / Ames
Espeset, a freshman, finished second an field of 33 runners and led the Norse to a 23-34 victory over Wis.-La Crosse in the 57th annual duel between the two programs. He completed the 4-mile course at Luther College in 21 minutes, 22.8 seconds and was 14 seconds back of La Crosse's Carlton Folster.
Women’s Cross Country — Lauren Mordini, Luther College, Wheaton, Ill. / Wheaton Warrenville South
Mordini, a freshman, won the individual title at the Luther-Wisconsin-La Crosse duel by 16.5 seconds over teammate Lauren Stokke. She completed the 4-kilometer course in 15:20.3 as the Norse posted an 18-42 victory over the Eagles.
Joshua SchroederDirector of Information/Assistant to the Commissioner