MIAC Athletes of the Week – October 11, 2021

Athletes of the Week

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for football, volleyball, and soccer on Monday. Student-athletes from Gustavus, Macalester, Saint John's, and St. Olaf claimed the Conference's weekly honors for October 4-10, 2021.

The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated by the Conference's sports information directors and selected by MIAC staff. Throughout the fall season, team sports (football, soccer, and volleyball) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (cross country and golf) announced on Tuesday afternoons. The winners of the latest Athlete of the Week awards are listed below, along with details on their outstanding performances.

To view each sport's 2021-22 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page or visit the 2021-22 Athlete of the Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.


MIAC Football Offensive Player of the Week
Henry Trost
Saint John's University
Sr. | Running Back
Lindstrom, Minn. | Chisago Lakes

Henry Trost rushed for 107 yards on 11 carries (9.7 yards per rush) and four first-half touchdowns in last Saturday's 50-0 win over Augsburg. He and the Johnnies' starting offense played the first series of the second half before taking a seat. Trost has now scored 24 touchdowns, including 20 on the ground, over his last 18 games.

MIAC Football Defensive Player of the Week
Kyle Kornovich
Saint John's University
Sr. | Linebacker
Rogers, Minn.

Kyle Kornovich totaled seven tackles (four solo), including two for a loss, two sacks, and his first collegiate interception in Saturday's win over Augsburg. He also recorded a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry in the game. Kornovich was part of an SJU defense that posted its second consecutive shutout, held the Auggies to a success rate of 27.3 percent on third down, and limited Augsburg's national-top-10 air attack to just 128 passing yards in the game.

MIAC Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Andrew Abegglen
Gustavus Adolphus College
Jr. | Kicker
Mound, Minn. | Mound-Westonka

Andrew Abegglen accounted for nine points in Gustavus' decisive 72-7 victory at St. Scholastica last Saturday, helping the Gusties set a new program record for the widest margin of victory (65). Abegglen went 6-for-7 on extra points and made a 24-yard field goal in the game. He also handled the kickoff duties with 10 kickoffs for 590 yards, averaging 59.0 yards per kick.


MIAC Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week
Kate Holtan
Gustavus Adolphus College

Sr. | Outside Hitter
Rochester, Minn. | Mayo

Kate Holtan helped the Gusties to a trio of victories last week against Augsburg, St. Olaf, and UW-La Crosse. Holtan had five aces, passed a 2.5 rating, hit 0.258 with 43 kills, and had 46 digs and four blocks over 11 sets. Holtan tallied 12 kills and eight digs in a sweep of the Auggies last Wednesday before a 14-kill, 15-dig double-double in a five-set win over the Oles and a 17-kill, five-dig effort in three sets against the Eagles in two matches on Saturday.

MIAC Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week
Selena Rodriguez
St. Olaf College

Jr. | Defensive Specialist
St. Paul, Minn. | North

Selena Rodriguez recorded 57 digs and averaged 4.75 digs per set in a 2-1 week for the Oles, which included a career-high 32-dig performance in a five-set loss at Gustavus on Saturday. Rodriguez also chipped in with 18 assists and three aces in the three matches, which featured a four-set win over St. Catherine on Friday and a sweep of UW-La Crosse on Saturday.


MIAC Men's Soccer Athlete of the Week
Shea Bechtel
St. Olaf College

Fy. | Forward
Plainfield, Ill. | North

Shea Bechtel had three goals and one assist as No. 22 St. Olaf ran its winning streak to eight games - its longest since 1999 - with a pair of victories last week. After tallying two goals and an assist in Tuesday's 6-1 win over UW-Superior, the first-year forward scored the game-winner in the 102nd minute to give the Oles a 1-0 victory at Saint John's on Saturday. In the win over the Yellowjackets, Bechtel assisted on the Oles' opening goal before scoring the eventual game-winner in the 38th minute and added his second of the game in the 67th minute. Bechtel has five goals and one assist in St. Olaf's last five games.

MIAC Women's Soccer Athlete of the Week
Alice Bieda
Macalester College

Sr. | Forward
Downers Grove, Ill. | North

Alice Bieda scored all three of Macalester's goals as the Scots went 1-0-1 last week. In a non-conference win over UW-Eau Claire, Bieda found the net in the 54th and 87th minutes to carry Macalester past the Blugolds, 2-0. On Saturday, Bieda completed the Scots' comeback efforts with a goal in the 88th minute to even the score against St. Catherine in a 1-1 double-overtime tie.