(GREENVILLE, Pa.) – Thomas More College had four student-athletes earn weekly honors today (Monday, September 26, 2016) from the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) office.
Senior linebacker Austin Copeland (Cincinnati, Ohio/Kings) was named the PAC Defensive Player of the Week. He registered a season-high 11 stops, a career-best two interceptions and a half-tackle for loss in Saturday's Homecoming win over Carnegie Mellon University. The Saints limited Carnegie Mellon to just 54 yards rushing during the game.
First-year setter Alli Borders (Florence, Ky./Boone County) was named the PAC Volleyball Player of the Week. She helped lead the Saints to a 3-1 record last week, including a 3-0 mark in the PAC. Borders paced the offense with 148 assists (10.6 a/s) while hitting .353 with 25 kills (1.8 k/s) and a pair of service aces. She also chipped in defensively with 17 digs (1.2 d/s) and three blocks.
Senior goalkeeper Megan Barton (Florence, Ky./Villa Madonna) was named the PAC Women's Soccer Goalkeeper/Defensive Player of the Week. She anchored the Thomas More defensive effort during a 3-0 week, playing all 270 minutes and recording five saves while posting a shutout in each of the three matches. Barton has a league-leading 6.0 shutouts this season for the fifth-ranked Saints.
First-year forward Olivia Nienaber (Alexandria, Ky./Bishop Brossart) was named PAC Women's Soccer Rookie of the Week. She led the fifth-ranked Saints during a 3-0 week with a team-best six points on three goals, including the game winner against Transylvania University. Nienaber is tied for second in the league in goals (7) and tied for fourth in points (14).
The women's soccer team returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Greencastle, Indiana to play DePauw University. The women's volleyball team will be in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania on Saturday for a PAC tri-match with Geneva College and Waynesburg University. The football team travels to New Wilmington, Pennsylvania to play Westminster College.