WAYNE – A pair of fall sport student-athletes at Wayne State College were recognized with Player of the Week honors in their respective sport.
According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, junior kicker Alex Powders earned Special Teams Player of the Week while redshirt freshman rightside hitter Taya Beller was named the NSIC Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week.
Powders made the game-winning 35-yard field goal with 2:25 to play in the game in a 31-28 upset at #11 Minnesota Duluth on September 25. It was his only field goal attempt of the game, improving him to 5 of 6 on the season that ranks third in the NSIC.
A transfer from Iowa Western CC and graduate of Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson HS, Powders also made all four of his extra-point kicks and averaged 31.0 yards on six punts with three inside the 20-yard line. He also averaged 63.0 yards on six kickoffs with two touchbacks.
For the season, Powders ranks fifth in the NSIC with a punting average of 39.5 yards.
The Wayne State College football team is 3-1 on the season and will host Winona State Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Homecoming/Hall of Fame Game at Bob Cunningham Field in Wayne.
Beller helped the Wildcat volleyball team win three straight home games in straight sets to improve to 10-2 on the season and 4-1 in league play. WSC also moved up one spot in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll now ranked #7.
Beller, a 6-2 middle hitter from Lindsay (Humphrey HS), averaged 1.89 blocks and 2.33 kills per set while posting a .386 hitting percentage in a trio of victories last week. Beller had a week-high seven blocks with six kills in Saturday’s 3-0 sweep over Bemidji State and had seven kills with six blocks in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Sioux Falls. She also had a week-high eight kills and four blocks in a 3-0 Friday win over Minnesota Crookston.
For the season, Beller is averaging 2.68 kills and 0.98 blocks per set for the Wildcats. She ranks seventh in the NSIC in hitting percentage (.351) and is tied for 11th in blocks per set.
The Wayne State College volleyball team will be on the road this weekend for NSIC matches at University of Mary Friday night at 6 p.m. and Minot State Saturday afternoon in a 2 p.m. contest.