Red Lion Players of the Week Announced
The following CCC student-athletes have been recognized as Red Lion Players of the Week for their performances during the period Nov. 3-9.
Volleyball - Attacker
No. 7-ranked Southern Oregon University’s Taylor Ristvedt was named the Red Lion Volleyball Attacker of the Week for the fourth time this year and second week in a row.
Ristvedt, a 6-foot-2 senior right-side hitter from Portland, had 19 kills in SOU's CCC title-clinching win over The Evergreen State College on Saturday, marking a new career-high for a three-set match. She also had 13 kills against Northwest University to put her average to 5.33 kills per set on the week. Ristvedt also had four blocks over the two matches.
Honorable mention: Jet Taylor, EOU
Volleyball - Defender
Warner Pacific University’s Mercedes Massey was named the Red Lion Volleyball Defender of the Week.
A 5-foot-2 junior defensive specialist from St. Helens, Ore., Massey had 31 digs against a very good No. 4-ranked Eastern Oregon University team, not to mention her 29 digs against a good No. 25 College of Idaho team as well. She had an average of 6.66 digs per set and a .905 receive percentage. The Knights managed to steal a set from the Mounties on Saturday.
Honorable mention: Kealani Ontai, Corban; Kadyn Jones, SOU
Volleyball - Setter
No. 4-ranked Eastern Oregon University’s Madison Pilon was named the Red Lion Volleyball Setter of the Week, her sixth honor of the year.
A 5-foot-11 junior setter from Olympia, Wash., Pilon averaged 28.5 assists in two wins over the weekend as the EOU volleyball team won a share of the CCC title for the second year in a row. She had 20 assists in the Mounties’ three-set sweep over Multnomah University and added another 37 against Warner Pacific University. She also had three blocks over the two matches.
Women’s Cross Country – Runner
Warner Pacific University’s Amelia Pullen was named the Red Lion Women’s Runner of the Week for the third time this year.
The true freshman from Washougal, Wash., won the CCC individual 5K championship with a new personal best of 17 minutes, 35 seconds – an all-time best for Warner Pacific and a new course record. Pullen also became the first women's cross country champion in Warner Pacific history.
Men’s Cross Country – Runner
Northwest University’s Riley Sine was named the Red Lion Men’s Runner of the Week for the fourth time this year.
A senior from Spokane, Wash., Sine won the CCC individual championship after crossing the 8K finish line in 25 minutes, 15 seconds.
Women’s Basketball – Player
Eastern Oregon University’s Beverly Slater was named the Red Lion Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.
A 5-foot-11 sophomore guard from Boise, Idaho, Slater led EOU to a 1-1 record at the LCSC Classic, finishing one rebound short on Saturday of back-to-back double-doubles. Slater had 15 points and 11 rebounds in Friday's win over reigning NAIA D1 Champions Montana Western. She added 11 points and nine boards in Saturday's loss to Lewis-Clark State, which is receiving votes in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll.
Honorable Mention: Morgan McKinney, NCU
Men’s Basketball – Player
Northwest University’s Hussayn Ford was named the Red Lion Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.
Ford, a 6-foot-6 senior forward from Seattle, led the Eagles to a 2-0 week to remain undefeated on the young year. He averaged a double-double with 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Ford was 16-of-22 from the floor, boasting a staggering 0.727 shooting percentage. He also had four assists, six steals and two blocks on the week.
Honorable mention: Mauricio Smith, Corban
Women’s Wrestling – Wrestler
Eastern Oregon University’s Macy Higa was named the Red Lion Women’s Wrestler of the Week, the first honor of the year.
Higa, a 123-pound sophomore grappler from Honolulu, Hawaii, won her weight class at the Mike Clock Open with an undefeated 4-0 mark. The NAIA and WCWA All-American continued where she left off her collegiate debut last year, grabbing two falls and two decisions at the open. Higa pinned one of her opponents in 34 seconds and another in less than three minutes. She also beat an NCAA Division II opponent by decision 11-6.
Honorable Mention: Anesia Ramirez, SOU
Men’s Wrestling – Wrestler
Montana State-Northern’s Isaac Bartel was named the Red Lion Men’s Wrestler of the Week.
The junior 197-pounder from Mason City, Iowa, had a strong week with two decision wins, a major decision victory and a pin fall. Bartel beat the No. 7-ranked 197-pounder in the NAIA in a close 2-0 decision, before competing at the Northwest Open. He pinned the No. 1 NJCAA wrestler in his bracket, while also grabbing an 8-2 decision over the second-ranked NJCAA wrestler and posting a 14-0 major over the third-ranked NJCAA grappler.