NEW ULM ?- Four Martin Luther College athletes were named Upper Midwest Athletic Conference players of the week for their perfomances last week.
MLC volleyball player Rebecca Engelbrecht was named UMAC Offensive Player of the Week for her play last weekend at the Bethel University Volleyball Invitational, where she helped MLC to a 2-2 record.
Engelbrecht averaged 4.14 kills per game with an attack percentage of .241 in the four matches, leading the team in kills each match. She stepped up her game in the Knights' two wins on Saturday over Central and Carleton, averaging 4.57 kills per game and hitting .329, and was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts.
The volleyball team will travel to UW-Oshkosh this weekend for its last non-conference tournament of the season before starting conference play on Friday, Sept. 21, against Minnesota, Morris.
Stephen Roekle of the MLC men's soccer team was named UMAC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in helping the Knights to a win last week against Finlandia.
Roekle scored both goals for MLC in a 2-0 win over Finlandia, with the second goal coming with the Knights playing with only 10 players on the field because of a red card to another player. The goals were the first of Roekle's career.
The Knights will begin the conference season on Friday when they host Northwestern.
MLC women's soccer player Bethany Schultz was named UMAC Player of the Week after helping the Knights to a 1-1 week, including an 8-0 win over Finlandia Saturday.
Schultz scored three goals in the game against Finlandia, setting a career high for goals in one game. She finished the game with a team-high nine shots, four of which were on net.
With her three goals Saturday, Schultz moved into a tie for fifth place on the MLC career records list with 21 goals.
MLC will start the conference season on Friday against Northwestern.
MLC women's cross country runner Emilee Koltz was named UMAC Female Cross Country Runner of the Week for her performance last weekend at Crown College.
Koltz finished a team-best fifth at the meet with a time of 26:11 on the 6k track, and was the only runner in the field that was not from St. Kate's to finish inside the top eight at the meet. The MLC women finished third in the team competition thanks in large part to Koltz's high finish.
The cross country team will return to action this weekend when they compete at St. Olaf on Saturday.