The GSAC has announced the fall sports week one Players of the Week and student-athletes from Agnes Scott, Salem and Wesleyan claimed the awards following voting by the league sports information directors.
GSAC Women's Soccer Player of the Week - Leah McLeod of Wesleyan
McLeod (pictured at right), a freshman from Gosford, NSW, Australia, has led the Wesleyan College soccer team to a 3-1 start this season, which marks the best start in school history. She has led the Pioneers to wins over Oakwood College, Johnson University Florida (formerly Florida Christian College), and Johnson University - Tennessee. In an 11-2 victory over Oakwood, the rookie scored 4 goals and had 2 assists in her first collegiate competition. She followed up that performance with a 2 goal, 1 assist outing in Wesleyan's 10-0 victory over Johnson University of Florida. In Monday's 7-0 shutout win over Johnson University - Tennessee, McLeod added one more to cap off an impressive week. After scoring only 8 goals a season ago, Wesleyan has already scored 28 in four games, and McLeod has accounted for 7 of those, having converted nearly half of her 17 shots on goal into scores for the Pioneers.
GSAC Volleyball Player of the Week - Lauren Aikens of Agnes Scott
Junior transfer student Lauren Aikens led the Scotties in kills at the Huntingdon Jubilee in the opening weekend of competition. Over the four match tournament, Aikens accumulated 25 kills, averaging 1.67 kills per set and an attack percentage of .320. She also led the team in blocks, averaging .60 blocks per set. The Scotties went 1-3 for the weekend with a 3-2 win over Huntingdon College. At the Greensboro Tournament this past weekend, Aikens proved her consistency with a total of 19 kills (1.58 k/s) over 4 matches. Aikens had a team high of 11 kills and a .625 attack percentage in a 0-3 loss to Greensboro College. Aikens once again led the team in blocks averaging .83 blocks per set over the weekend. For her outstanding play, Aikens was named to the All-Tournament team.
The Scotties' Lauren Aikens
GSAC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week - Natali Olveda of Salem
Salem senior Natali Olveda finished 3rd of 38 runners on September 6th at the Catawba College Invitational with a time of 19:24. This time is a new personal best and a Salem College 5k record. The old record was 20:01. Salem College finished second at the meet comprised almost entirely of NCAA DII Colleges (5), Salem College being the slone D-III participant. Natali won her first collegiate cross country meet Aug. 30 at the St. Andrews Invitational. She defeated 47 other runners to receive top honors with a time of 21:03. This was a personal best time until the meet on Sept. 6th. Salem College finished second at the meet of four.
The GSAC sports information directors nominate Player of the Week candidates and then vote on the top two nominees in each sport as selected by the conference office. Player of the Week voting occurs on Tuesdays and the weekly announcement of the winners is released each Wednesday morning.