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Local briefs: 2 from IPFW earn weekly honors

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Jen Mulligan

Scott Kohne

Monday, November 11, 2013 - 10:28 pm

For the second time this season, IPFW's Emily Spencer and Jen Milligan were named The Summit League Volleyball Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for their performances Nov. 4-10. The duo also claimed the season's first players of the week honors on Sept. 3.

Spencer garners her seventh career Offensive Player of the Week honor and fifth this season after leading the Mastodons to a sweep of co-league leader IUPUI. The junior outside hitter posted her 10th double-double of the season with a match-high 17 kills and 13 digs, while also chipping in a match-high six blocks. For the week, Spencer recorded a .368 hitting percentage and averaged 5.67 kills per set. She also averaged 4.33 digs per set, 2.00 blocks per set and 7.0 points per set.

With this award, the Jenison, Mich., native is now tied for the most weekly offensive awards in a season in league history.

Milligan earns Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season and of her career. The LaGrange Park, Ill., native tallied a match-high 15 digs, averaging 5.00 digs per set over 1.2 digs per set above her season average entering the match.She was also perfect, 11-for-11, in serve receive attempts and added one assist and one service ace.

The Mastodons close out their regular season with a pair of matches this weekend against South Dakota State and North Dakota State beginning at 7 p.m. Friday.

Indiana Tech men, women, qualify for cross-country championships

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The 32-team field and individual qualifiers for the NAIA Men's and Women's Cross Country National Championships were announced by the national office on Monday and the Indiana Tech men's and women's teams will both be present at the event after receiving at-large bids.

The women make the trip to the national championships with a No. 20 ranking, falling seven spots after finishing second at the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference championship meet Saturday. The Warriors finished behind then No. 21 Cornerstone, who moved up seven spots to finish the season at No. 14 and will also take part in the national championships, receiving the WHAC automatic bid.

On the men's side, the Warriors will enter the national championship meet at No. 20 after finishing second to WHAC champion, No. 6 Aquinas, who received the automatic bid. These are the only two schools from the WHAC that will be competing at the national championships.

It is the first time under the leadership of head coach Josh Wolfe that the Warriors have qualified as a team for the end-of-year event.

The 58th annual Men's and Women's Cross Country National Championships will take place at Rim Rock Farms in Lawrence, Kan. on Saturday, Nov. 23.

USF's Kohne named co-player of the week

University of Saint Francis senior Scott Kohne has been named Crossroads League co-Player of the Week for men's basketball after leading the Cougars to an upset win over NAIA DII Preseason No. 1 Cardinal Stritch University on Saturday. Kohne, a Bishop Dwenger graduate, went 6-for-8 shooting and 12-for-13 from the free-throw line finishing with 24 points in the USF upset win. He also had six rebounds, two blocked shots and three steals to help USF to its fourth win in six games. He averaged 24.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, shot 61 percent from the field, 86 percent from the free-throw line to help USF to two wins in three games last week. This is Kohne's third career CL Player-of-the-Week selection. The 6-foot-7 forward was selected twice in 2012-13. Kohne shares the honor with Bethel College junior Zach Miller.