LIVONIA, Mich. – The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference announced its weekly award winners on Monday for performances the week of Sept. 25 - Oct. 1 and Madonna University had four student-athletes honored.
Yuri Farkas (SO/Sao Paulo, Brazil) took home men's soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors, Tony Floyd (SO/Westland, Mich. ) (SO/Westland, Mich.) was named men's cross country Runner of the Week and Lauren Korth (JR/Romeo, Mich.) and Nicole Oestrike (SR/New Boston, Mich.) captured volleyball Setter and Attacker of the Week, respectively. It's the second straight week the Crusaders have won two volleyball awards as Korth and Amanda Hawkins (SR/Livonia, Mich.) captured the same awards just seven days prior.
Farkas captured his first ever Player of the Week honor as he scored the only goals for the Crusaders on the week and is a big reason Madonna has dropped just one decision in 2017. The Sao Paulo, Brazil native, attempted just two shots on the week and both found the back of the net in the Crusaders upset of No. 20 UNOH on Wednesday. It was the program's first ever victory over the Racers and first win over a ranked opponent since Nov. 7, 2015. Farkas is now tied for the team lead with seven goals and is second with 15 points.
Floyd has been a star since the day he stepped on the Livonia campus as he is already the most decorated runner in program history in just his second season and earned his second Runner of the Week award this year as he won the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic 8-Kilometer Blue race with a time of 24:54. His time not only won the NCAA III/NAIA section of the race, but bested all runners in the field which included NCAA Division I and II programs. The Westland, Michigan native, led the Blue and Gold to a ninth place finish in the 21-team field. Floyd now has three cross country weekly awards and four awards overall.
This is the second straight week Korth has been named the WHAC's setter of the week and her fifth career honor. Much like last week's performance, the Romeo, Michigan native, again surpassed 80 assists on the week as she had 82 to go with 14 digs, six blocks and four kills. She played one of her best matches of the season in the Crusaders' upset of No. 14 Cornerstone as she delivered 53 assists to go with 10 digs and an ace.
Korth's numbers wouldn't be as high without the career performance put together by Oestrike who earned her first ever conference weekly award. The New Boston, Michigan native, hit .342 on the week as she tallied 30 kills with just five errors in 73 attempts. She also dug 24 balls, had seven blocks and one service ace. But it was what she did against No. 14 Cornerstone that mattered as she set career-highs in kills (21), attempts (45) and attack percentage (.422) in the win to go with 13 digs, an ace and two block assists.
As conference winners, all four student-athletes are eligible for NAIA National Player of the Week honors which will be released later this week.
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