NACC Student-Athletes of the Week Announced for Sept. 24-30


MILWAUKEE, Wis. ( --- The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) has announced its Student-Athletes of the Week for the week of September 24-30, 2018. A total of 13 student-athletes were honored across the NACC's nine fall sports.

The NACC Student-Athlete of the Week awards are selected by the league's sports information directors.
This week's winners are listed below with their respective achievements during last week's competition. 

NACC Football Offensive Player of the Week

Aaron Nixon, Concordia University Wisconsin

Nixon, a senior quarterback from North Prairie, Wisconsin, was responsible for seven touchdowns - four through the air (80, 9, 16, 78) and three on the ground (15, 1, 1) - as the Falcons went on the road and opened up NACC play with a 48-40 win at Benedictine Saturday. He threw for 410 yards without an interception and rushed for 39 yards on 19 carries. The bulk of Nixon's yards came on two long touchdown passes - an 80-yarder to Josh Sanders late in the opening quarter and a 78-yard strike to Jake Riportella in the fourth. This is Nixon's second NACC Student-Athlete of the Week honor of the season.

Other nominees -- Lance Moise, Concordia Chicago; Le'Anthony Reasnover, Eureka; Dezmon Eddie, Lakeland; Chance Manning, Rockford; Patrick Mathieson, Wisconsin Lutheran

NACC Football Defensive Player of the Week

Washington Vivanco, Lakeland University

Vivanco, a junior defensive lineman from Houston, Texas, registered a team-high 10 tackles (nine solo) in the Muskies' 61-28 Homecoming win over Concordia Chicago. He posted four tackles for loss, including three sacks for a loss of 23 yards. It was Vivanco's second straight game with 10+ tackles after posting 21 tackles in 12 previous career games.

Other nominees -- Jack Drummond, Benedictine; Matt Henning, Concordia Chicago; Cameron Kohler, Concordia Wisconsin; Austin McCarty, Eureka; Malik Johnson, Rockford

NACC Football Special Teams Player of the Week

Sasha Bornschlegl, Wisconsin Lutheran College

Bornschlegl, a senior placekicker from Rochester, Minnesota, hit two field goals and a pair of extra points Saturday afternoon as Wisconsin Lutheran defeated Rockford, 26-20, in overtime. He drilled a 33-yard field goal with just 21 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime where the Warriors would take the victory. Bornschlegl had connected on a 23-yard field goal earlier in the game. He also punted five times for an average of 37.8 yards per kick and a long of 50, while pinning the Regents inside their own 20-yard line on two occasions.

Other nominees -- Grant Klaver, Benedictine; Jacob Mason, Concordia Wisconsin; Tanner Kuhne, Eureka

NACC Volleyball Athlete of the Week

Kristina Billie, Benedictine University

Billie, a senior libero from Frankfort, Illinois, became Benedictine's career leader in digs during Wednesday's nonconference sweep of Eureka College. She helped the Eagles to a 2-1 week by totaling 47 digs, averaging 5.2 per set.

Other nominees -- Imani Freeman, Aurora; Shannon Stamp, Concordia Chicago; Haley Sedo, Concordia Wisconsin; Mackenzie Doherty, Edgewood; Taylor Burton, Illinois Tech; Kaitlyn Kelley, Marian; Hannah Pekarek, MSOE; Mercedes Pye, Wisconsin Lutheran

NACC Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week

Erik Stammer, Benedictine University

Stammer, a senior forward from Palatine, Illinois, tallied 10 points on four goals and two assists to help Benedictine remain perfect in NACC play. He scored a goal and notched an assist in a 3-0 win over Illinois Tech, then was involved in all four goals against in a 4-1 win at Edgewood with three goals and an assist. Stammer's big week allowed him to move into a tie with former Aurora standout Chase Corricelli for eighth on the NACC's all-time scoring chart with 109 points.

Other nominees -- Henry Zehnal, Aurora; Ryan Kuhlman, Concordia Chicago; Garrett Lee, Edgewood; Brandon Mancini, Marian; Rade Novakovich, MSOE; Jason Cano, Wisconsin Lutheran

NACC Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week

Shawn Chervets, Benedictine University

Chervets, a junior goalkeeper from Lake Zurich, Illinois, made nine saves as Benedictine moved to 4-0 in the conference with a pair of victories last week. He posted six saves in a 3-0 shutout of Illinois Tech, then added three in a 4-1 win over Edgewood.

Other nominees -- Jose Retana, Concordia Chicago; Nate Yeager, Concordia Wisconsin; Tyson Carter, Lakeland; Ian Chacon, Marian; Ron Marchionna, MSOE; Edgar Gomez, Rockford

NACC Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week

Holli Cochran, Dominican University

Cochran, a freshman forward from West Jordan, Utah, netted her third hat trick of the season, scoring three goals in a 4-0 win at Lakeland Saturday. She now has 11 goals in her rookie campaign.

Other nominees -- Shaye Wolfe, Alverno; Eve Meintz, Benedictine; Melissa Galarza, Concordia Chicago; Nicole Ciesielczyk, Concordia Wisconsin; Jamie Griggs, Illinois Tech; Reilly Louko, Marian; Jeray Riffel, MSOE

NACC Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week

Olivia Kindt, Concordia University Wisconsin

Kindt, a sophomore goalkeeper from Dyer, Indiana, led the Falcons to a pair of league victories last week as CUW moved to 4-0 in conference play. She stopped seven shots and allowed just one goal during the week. Kindt began with a five-save effort in a 4-0 win over Edgewood, picking up her second straight NACC shutout in the process. She then added two saves in Saturday's 3-1 win over Aurora.

Other nominees -- Cassidy Henson, Benedictine; Danielle Mason, Dominican; Grace Wildeboer, Edgewood; Julia Honda, Illinois Tech; Meghan Batzner, Marian

NACC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week

Craig Reese, Concordia University Wisconsin

Reese, a junior from Germantown, Wisconsin, was the top-finishing NACC runner at the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational. He covered the 8-kilometer course at Whitetail Golf Course in Colfax, Wisconsin, in a time of 26:02.5 to place 40th in the 430-runner field.

Other nominees -- Carl Way, Aurora; Lucas Caminiti, Edgewood; Mohammed Saleem, Illinois Tech; Jacob Leiden, Marian; Jesse Lambrecht, MSOE; Chris Krahn, Wisconsin Lutheran

NACC Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week

Jackie Schane, Aurora University

Schane, a senior from Plano, Illinois, finished 21st overall out of 327 runners at the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational. Running in just her second event of the season, ran a 22:55.6 in the 6-kilometer women's race at Whitetail Golf Course in Colfax, Wisconsin.

Other nominees -- Taylor Mair, Edgewood; Zoey Krevitz, Illinois Tech; Alyssa Zuhlke, Marian; Patty Bray, MSOE; Christian Ishaq, Mount Mary; Hannah Weide, Wisconsin Lutheran

NACC Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week

Ashley Solberg, Concordia University Wisconsin

Solberg, a senior from Waukesha, Wisconsin, went 3-0 at both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles last week, helping the Falcons improve to 8-0 in the league and clinch a spot in next spring's NACC Women's Tennis Tournament. She won all three singles matches in straight sets and partnered with Rebekah Spiegelhoff for three No. 1 doubles victories.

Other nominees -- Taylor Jensen, Concordia Chicago; Alicia Picard, Edgewood; Meg Hartzell, Marian; Katie Clements, MSOE

NACC Men's Golf Athlete of the Week

Nathan Hermsen, Benedictine University

Hermsen, a senior from Sussex, Wisconsin, tied for 12th place at the Benedictine Fall Eagle Invitational after firing a 5-over-par 77 on the par-72 Jemsek course layout at St. Andrews Golf and Country Club in West Chicago, Illinois. The Eagles tied for third in the 10-team event.

Other nominees -- Jake Sherwood, Marian

NACC Women's Golf Athlete of the Week

Kallie Sakamoto, Aurora University

Sakamoto, a freshman from Washougal, Washington, earned medalist honors at the 2018 NACC Championships while leading Aurora to its seventh league title in record-setting fashion. She was also named NACC Player of the Year and NACC Freshman of the Year after carding rounds of 80, 82 and 77 for a 239 total. The Spartans finished with a record total of 1,002 to earn the NACC's automatic berth to the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships next May at Bay Oaks County Club in Houston, Texas.

Other nominees -- Kelly Barker, Benedictine; Sarah Pophal, Edgewood; Tayler Wise, Marian