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      NMU sports teams announce their 2013-14 team award winners

      VOLLEYBALL:

      The Northern Michigan University volleyball team announced its team winners for the 2013 season. Senior Kellisha Harley (Most Valuable Player), freshman Alex Larsen (Newcomer of the Year Award), freshman Bridget Bussell (Most Improved) and senior Sarah Hamilton (Scholar-Athlete) were honored on Saturday (April 26) at the Sports Hall of Fame and Student-Athlete Awards Banquet.

      Harley is a two-time letter winner for the Wildcats as a setter. In her senior season, Harley was named to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first team. She was third in the GLIAC in assists per set with an average of 10.46/set and had 1,266 assists on the season.

      Larsen earned the Newcomer of the Year after appearing in 33 matches and 118 sets. She tallied 226 kills, averaging 1.92 kills per set. She added 584 attacks for a .223 hitting percentage.

      Bussell totaled 68 kills in 28 matches and 85 sets in her first season as a Wildcat. She also had 88 total blocks, for second on the team in total blocks.

      Hamilton was a two time letter winnr under head coach Dominic Yoder. As a senior, she started in all 121 sets and 33 matches to lead the team in total blocks with 95. She was third on the team in kills with 314, averaging 2.60 a game.

      SOCCER:

      Head Coach Matt Granstrand of the Northern Michigan University soccer team has named the squads individual award winners at the NMU Sports Hall of Fame and Student-Athlete Awards Banquet Saturday. Earning awards were junior Kim Rietveld (Most Valuable Player), freshman Paula Hafner (Newcomer of the Year), sophomore Ashley Katers (Most Improved) and junior Helen Kiilunen (Scholar-Athlete)

      Rietveld started in all 18 games in her second season with the Wildcats. She recorded eight shots with four on goal for a .500 shots on goal percentage.

      Hafner lettered for the first time in 2013 appearing in 18 games. She led the team in goals and assists, recording eight and seven, respectively. Hafner had two game winning goals against Northwood and Malone.

      Katers played in 18 games, starting in 17. She scored three goals for the season and tallied 25 shots, including four in a game three different times.

      Kiilunen started in all 18 games this past season as a midfielder recording an assist on nine shots and two shots on goal.

      CROSS COUNTRY:

      The Northern Michigan University cross country team has named its individual award winners for the 2013 season. Sophomore Megan Edic (Most Valuable Player), junior Christina Toogood (Newcomer Award), sophomore Jaylee Brown (Most Improved) and junior Larissa Halonen (Scholar-Athlete) were honored on Saturday (April 26) at the Sports Hall of Fame and Student-Athlete Awards Banquet.

      Edic won the U.P. Championship race and added a top 30 finish at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships and the Regional Championship.

      Toogood finished in the top 50 at the U.P. Championships and placed 37 th at the GLIAC Championships.

      Brown placed in the top 10 at the U.P. Championship and finished in the top 100 at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Midwest Open.

      Halonen finished in 41 st at the GLIAC Championships and 44 th at the NCAA Regional Championship.

      WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

      The Northern Michigan University women's basketball team announced its individual team award winners for the 2013-14 campaign. Junior Alyssa Colla (Most Valuable Player), freshman Bre Gaspervich (Newcomer of the Year Award), senior Annie Rubendunst (Most Improved) and junior Lauren Gruber (Scholar-Athlete) were honored on Saturday (April 26) at the Sports Hall of Fame and Student-Athlete Awards Banquet.

      Colla lettered for third time, after starting in all 30 games for the Wildcats this season. She led the team in points, averaging 16.4 a game and minutes played, averaging 35.9 a game. Colla led her team to the NCAA Division II Championship and was named to the Daktronics All-Midwest Region Second Team. She also earned the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's first-team honors and GLIAC All-Defensive team honors.

      Gaspervich played in 29 games earning her first letter as a Wildcat. She was second on the team in free throw percentage with 85.7 percent, scored a career high 18 points against Grand Valley State and broke double figures on three occasions.

      Rubendunst appeared in 30 games with 18 starts this past season. She was named to the GLIAC All-Tournament team while ranking third on the team averaging 9.6 points per game and averaged 5.4 rebounds per game.

      Gruber started in all 30 games in her junior season and was second on the team averaging 9.9 points per game. Gruber was a second team All-GLIAC selection and was named the MVP of the GLIAC Tournament after scoring 19 points with 10 rebounds in the Championship game. She was also named to the GLIAC All-Defensive team.

      MEN'S BASKETBALL:

      The Northern Michigan University men's basketball team announced its individual award winners for the 2013-14 season. Sophomore guard Terry Nash (Most Valuable Player), freshman guard Marcus Hall (Newcomer Award), junior forward Chavis Mattison and junior guard Ethan Blackwell (Most Improved) and junior guard Spencer Huss (Scholar-Athlete) were honored on Saturday (April 26) at the Sports Hall of Fame and Student-Athlete Awards Banquet.

      Nash appeared in 24 games last season, starting in 23. He was second on the team in minutes played, averaging 29.9 per game and averaged 9.1 points per game.

      Hall played in all 26 games, starting 25. He was second on the team in points per game, averaging 11.4 a game. He led the team in free throw percentage with 83.6 percent.

      Mattison played in 26 games, averaging 9.7 points per game and led the team in rebounds, averaging 6.0 per game.

      Blackwell played in all 26 games and started in 19. He led the team in minutes played, averaging 29.6 per game. Blackwell was second on the team in free throw percentage with 83.6 percent and averaged 10 points per game.

      Huss appeared in 21 games, averaging 7.7 minutes per game and pulled down a total of 18 rebounds on the season.

      FOOTBALL:

      Head coach Chris Ostrowsky of the Northern Michigan University football team named the individual team honorees on Saturday (April 26) at the Sports Hall of Fame and Student-Athlete Awards Banquet. On the offensive side, senior wide receiver Christian Jessie (Most Valuable Player), junior wide receiver Marcus Tucker (Newcomer Award) and sophomore running back Wyatt Jurasin (Most Improved) notched awards. For the defense it was junior linebacker Nick Krause (Most Valuable Player), freshman defensive back Chris Washington (Newcomer Award), junior defensive lineman Trever Kruzel (Most Improved) and the Scholar Athlete Awards were given to sophomore linebacker Loran Jaddou and junior defensive lineman Jordan Adediran.

      Jessie finished the season with 47 catches for 724 total which ranked second on the tam. He averaged 72.4 yards per game and 15.4 yards per reception. Jessie added four touchdowns on the season and led the team in return yards with 899.

      Tucker finished his first season in Green and Gold leading the team in receptions with 49. He recorded 674 total receiving yards, averaging 67.4 yards per game.

      Jurasin led the Wildcats in rushing yards with 545 in 10 games. He added 93 receiving yards for 638 all purpose yards. He averaged 63.8 yards per game.

      Krause led the defense in tackles with 83 on the season, averaging 8.3 tackles per game. He also had seven tackles for loss.

      Washington finished with 33 total tackles, including 22 solo averaging 3.3 per game. Washington had one interception against Northwood (Nov. 2), returning it 40 yards.

      Kruzel totaled 47 tackles averaging 4.7 per game with four sacks. Kruzel recovered a fumble for a touchdown against Wayne State (Oct. 26).

      Jaddou tallied 34 total tackles in his sophomore season, averaging 3.8 tackles per game.

      Adediran was fourth on the team in total tackles with 48, including 33 assisted tackles. He averaged 4.8 tackles per game.

      HOCKEY:

      The Northern Michigan University hockey team announced the individual team award winners for the 2013-14 season. Freshman goalie Mathias Dahlstrom (Most Valuable Player), freshman forward Shane Sooth (Newcomer of the Year) and junior Ryan Kesti (Most Improved and Scholar-Athlete) were honored at the Sports Hall of Fame and Student-Athlete Awards Banquet on Saturday (April 26).

      Dahlstrom started in 34 games logging for 2034:28 minutes, which led the nation in minutes played by a freshman goalie. He finished the season with a 14-18-2 record and tallied 918 saves for a .913 save percentage with three shutouts.

      In his inaugural season, Sooth appeared in 37 games, scoring four goals and adding 12 assists for 16 points. His goal against Bemidji State (Jan. 3) was a game winner while he added three power play goals on the season.

      Kesti played in all 37 games, scoring four goals and assisting on three. He ended the season with seven points. One of his goals came on an empty net and another was a short-handed goal.

      NORDIC SKIING:

      The Northern Michigan University Nordic skiing team announced its individual award winners on Saturday (April 26) at the Sports Hall of Fame and Student Athlete Awards Banquet. Junior Kyle Bratrud (Most Valuable Player and Scholar-Athlete), senior Rosie Frankowski (Most Valuable Player and Scholar-Athlete), freshmen Fredrik Schwencke and Kristen Bourne (Newcomers of the Year) and sophomore Sam Elfstrom and junior Mary Kate Cirelli (Most Improved) were honored.

      Bratrud was an All-American this past season in the classic race at the NCAA Championships and won the classic race at the Central Regional Championships. He was also named first team all-CCSA and a member of the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association All-Academic Team.

      Frankowski was a two-time All-American and was the runner up in the women's freestyle race at the NCAA Championships. During her career she was a two-time CCSA Skier of the Year and competed for team USA at the U23 Junior World Championships this past season. She was a two-time first team All-CCSA selection and a second team All-CCSA selection this past season.

      Schwencke was a two-time All-American and was named the CCSA Skier of the Year. He finshed sixth in the freestyle race and 10 th in the classic race at the NCAA Championships while also earning podium spots in both races at the CCSA Championships.

      Bourne was ninth in the freestyle race at the NCAA Central Regional and finished 14 th in the classic race.

      Elfstrom was 18 th in the men's classic race and 14thin the men's freestyle race at the NCAA Central Regional.

      Cirelli was an All-American in the women's classic race at the NCAA Championships and was sixth in the freestyle at the NCAA Central Regional and was an All-CCSA selection after winning the CCSA Championship in the women's classic race.

      TRACK AND FIELD:

      The Northern Michigan University track and field team announced its individual award winners on Saturday (April 26) at the Sports Hall of Fame and Student Athlete Awards Banquet. Senior Cheyenne Stewart (Most Valuable Player), junior Christina Toogood (Newcomer of the Year), junior Olivia Howard (Most Improved) and junior Emily Allen (Scholar-Athlete) were honored.

      Stewart earned All-American status in the triple jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships. She placed eighth in the triple jump, setting a NMU school record. Stewart won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship in the triple jump, setting a new league record.

      Toogood joined teammate, Stewart at the NCAA Indoor Championships. She also walked away with All-American honors, in the 800-meter dash after placing in seventh.

      Howard won the 3,000 meter run at the Stout Open and the Karl Schneider Invitational while also winning the 5,000 meter run at the Stout Open during indoor season.

      Allen finished third in the 5,000 meter run at the Stout Open and ran on the 4X400 meter relay which finished fourth at the event.

      SWIMMING AND DIVING:

      Head coach Heidi Voigt of the Northern Michigan University swimming and diving team has named the individual award winners for the 2013-14 campaign. Debbi Lawrence (Most Valuable Player), Rachel Borchardt (Newcomer Award), Tara Dowling (Most Improved) and Aspen McHugh (Scholar-Athlete) were honored at the Sports Hall of Fame and Student Athlete Awards Banquet on Saturday (April 26).

      Lawrence was a three-time All-American and broke five NMU school records and three NMU pool records last season. She won the 100 freestyle and finished second in the 50 freestyle at the GLIAC Championships.

      Borchardt was a two-time All-American at the NCAA Championships earning the distinction in the 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle events. Her performance in the 1,650 freestyle was for a personal best time.

      Dowling qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 400 freestyle relay. The relay team placed 10 th in the event, setting a new school record.

      McHugh earned the Scolar-Athlete award for the second straight year. McHugh ranked fourth on the team in the 100 breast stroke and third in the 200.